Peter Pupping’s first largely original work “Where It Started” reflects on the early years of his love for music up to the present. With ten originals and two cover songs “Lean on Me” and “Listen to the Music”
Peter’s “Where It Started” instrumental release visits a variety of music styles. The inspiration behind the original works reflects some of Peter’s great loves. On “Claire’s Dance” the music reflects the Hawaiian slack key style, a happy tune mindful of Peter’s daughter dancing with joyful spirit. In “Navajo” Peter merges a love for world music with Latin jazz as the Indian flute appears and brings a merger between the Americas. On “Samba 2 Carlos” Peter echoes a love for two great musicians/composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Carlos Santana. On this piece the bossa nova inspired by Jobim meets Latin rock and Peter pulls out all the stops on an electric guitar solo in tribute to Carlos Santana. “Land Ho” a joyful song suggesting the feeling of seeing land after weeks at sea on a beautiful sunny day as suggested by the merger of island sounds and flamenco guitar.
Winds of Soledad” composed under the cross at Mount Soledad overlooking San Diego was inspired by the sense of freedom and joy we sometimes experience at higher altitudes. In a reflection Peter writes, “There at the highest point in the city I could see the beautiful blue Pacific in the west and the eastern hills and mountains. Here truly is a promised land. As I sat under the giant cross at the top of the city with guitar in hand this song came to me. In this piece I experienced the expansiveness of the view from the cross.”
The styles of music drawn upon in this original work includes nuevo flamenco, smooth jazz, island, contemporary acoustic, blues, gospel, Latin jazz, samba, world music and rock. For this project Peter pulled out an arsenal of guitars including the Spanish guitar, electric guitar, 12 string, baritone guitar and acoustic six string. In the company of five guest artists Mark Hunter on bass, Allan Phillips on keyboards, bass and percussion, Kevin Koch on drums, Jeff Basile on double bass and John Rekevics on Indian flutes this CD collection of music sizzles with excitement, precision and good vibes.
Born in 1960 in the Netherlands Peter immigrated to the United States with his family in the early sixties. At nine years old he began his guitar studies. Beginning with classical guitar lessons and a steady diet of music from the sixties Peter's love for a variety of music began early on. Through the teen years Peter played in rock bands and continued to develop his love for the Spanish guitar. By the age of twenty he became a music major in college and got very serious about music.
Peter is a multifaceted musician wearing the hats of performer, educator and music producer. He directed the Mira Costa College guitar program from fall of 1987 through spring of 1999 and since has been teaching privately and directs “The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra”www.encinitasguitarorchestra.com in Encinitas, California.
As a performer Peter frequently performs as a soloist and with various ensembles and leads the Peter Pupping Quartet on the Guitar Sounds label. The quartet appears in concert regularly and performs classical & contemporary acoustic music including; world music (Spanish, Pop Flamenco, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Irish), light jazz and popular hits.
Besides regularly performing for almost every major corporation in the United States, notable appearances include performing for dignitaries and VIP’s such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Joan Embry, Beatles arranger George Martin, Pat Benatar, The Beachboys, Tim Conway, Jenny Craig, Ed McMahon, Irene Valenti, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Forbes, Rodger Hedgecock, Rev. Robert Schuller, Dick Enberg, Frank Gifford, Secretary of State George Schultz and more.
Peter has been invited to perform and open for groups like Spyro Gyra, Joe Walsh, Michael Hedges, Ivan Lins and William Aura of Higher Octave Music. Collaborations include performances with notable musicians like Phil Keaggy, Peter Sprague, Art Johnson, Fred Benedetti, Harvey Reid, Marshall Hawkins, Jim Earp, Tripp Sprague, Jamie Valle, Bob Magnusson, Kristin Korb, Ron Freshman, Ron Wagner (Ottmar Liebert’s Luna Negra) Fattburger’s Tommy Aros, Kevin Koch and Evan Marks
With twelve recordings released, Peter has been actively recording since 1992. Peter’s recordings reflect a variety of styles including classical, jazz, world music, inspirational and much more. To learn more about his recordings visit www.guitarsounds.com to review the entire catalog.
Bachelor's and Master's of music degrees were earned from San Diego State University where he also studied with Robert Wetzel, Brian Kilmer and Celin Romero of the internationally known Los Romero's Guitar Quartet. Additionally, Peter has participated in master classes with Pepe Romero, Christopher Parkening and Scott Tennant. His traditional classical guitar focus was broadened through jazz studies with saxophonist Charles McPhearson, bassist Gunner Biggs and pianists Art Resnick, Ivar Antonsen, guitarists Charles Wheeler, Andy Riley, Mark Shapiro, Peter Sprague and Bill Coleman.
I just kicked back and listened to your new CD "Where It Started", and I would have to say that it is the best ever!!! It is the prettiest album I have heard in a long time and the original music is just outstanding! Bravo!
-Barbara Manning, Boston, MA
I'm only up to track 6, and I have to tell you, this is an awesome piece of work. No kidding. You need to do more of your original work because you deserve to be heard.
-Dave Wood, Cardiff, CA
Peter Pupping plays with beautiful tone, great feeling and wonderful song selection.
-Peter Sprague, jazz guitarist