Story last updated at 12:23 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2002

Concert for coastal cause
by Carey James
Staff Writer

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Mary Wright and Gordon Rowland play together.  
Acoustic guitar aficionados can relish not only the complex strummings of two learned performers from far away but Homer's local talent as well.

Matt Yaki, well known in the community for his mastery of many genres of guitar-playing, will team up with visitors Gordon Rowland and Mary Wright for a performance Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre.

Not only a feast for the ears, the concert is also a benefit for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, now celebrating its 20th year of environmental education and research in Kachemak Bay.

The concert will range from classical to flamenco to popular music, including selections from Beethoven, Bach and Albeniz as well as more contemporary compositions such as "Classical Gas" (Mason Williams and Cavatina) and the theme from the movie, "The Deer Hunter."

One of Rowland's original compositions, which he describes as "tone poems," will also be included in the performance.

Yaki will join Rowland for some jazz improvisations that will include Rowland's flamenco guitar technique.

Hailing from California, Rowland has studied with renowned guitarists such as Christopher Parkening and Michael Lorimer and has performed extensively around the country. He has two recordings, titled "Rowland plays Rowland" and "Guitarworks" and has taught at several universities.

Joining him is classical and Celtic guitarist Wright, who teaches music at Marin Music in Novato, Calif., as well as at home in Sebastopol, Calif. In the preface to her method book, she wrote, "Learning guitar is a pleasurable discipline. Playing the guitar is a pleasure."

A reception for the musicians will follow the concert. For more information, call the center at 235-6667.

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