Tapping into the past and present of the flamenco world Gerard Mapstone is among the most evocative and dynamic guitarists touring today. Known as a deeply expressive performer his music is conceived between the visceral of the Spanish and the conceptual of the contemporary, offering his music as an act of freedom, from a total availability to the moment and to the place.
His last studio album Despertares is the reformulation of his own knowledge of flamenco in which research and experimentation are the bases to create a genuine music, a music that flows beyond the labels, stripped of all superfluous adornment. This album follows his highly acclaimed debut Vuelta al Mundo that is featured on ABC Classics.
Established as a concert performer from a young age numerous tours and collaborations have spanned Mapstone's career in Australia, Spain, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Mexico with support shows for Buena Vista Social Club, Cyndi Lauper, Tomatito, Estrella Morente, The Gypsy Queens and Kings, Pierre Bensusan and Fanfare Ciocarlia.
Early in his career, Mapstone was awarded the University Guitar Prize while studying at The Queensland Conservatorium of Music and pursued ethnographic research in Spain. While living in Spain he studied flamenco guitar in Jerez de la Frontera with José Ignacio Franco, and classical guitar with Carlos Bonell professor of guitar at the Royal College of Music in London. Gerard Mapstone is a graduate of the QCM and received a Master of Music degree at The University of Melbourne VCA & MCM.
Based in Melbourne he performs widely as a recitalist and festival guest, as well as ongoing collaborations with Opera Australia, The Victorian Orchestra, Melbourne International Guitar Festival, Queensland Chamber Orchestra (QCO), violinist Shenton Gregory, guitarist James Sherlock, Richard Tedesco, Shenzo's Electric Stunt Orchestra, Dale Caña Flamenco Company, Doch Gypsy Orchestra, Queensland Music Festival, Blues Fest, Falls Fest, Melbourne Fringe, Tanks Arts Centre, QPAC, Brisbane Powerhouse, Music by the Sea, WOMAD, Melbourne Recital Centre and The Australian Folk Federation.
As a recording artist, Mapstone has released numerous albums and collaborative works including:
Despertares by Gerard Mapstone, 2018.
The Last Reel by Laique, 2014.
Cravin' just a little misbehavin by Laique, 2011.
Simple Joys of Maidenhood by Rhiannon Hart & the Umm-Ahh's, 2010.
Bride in a Red Dress by Doch Gypsy Orchestra, 2009.
Vuelta al Mundo by Gerard Mapstone (debut solo guitar album), 2008
Tomorrow by Preference, 2006.
Wish Hill by All Jigged Out, 2004.
To Sleep by Lee Westwood, 2004.
In academia, Gerard Mapstone works as a guitar teacher, guest lecturer, and PhD researcher at The University of Melbourne. His referred presentations at international conferences, seminars, and symposiums include The Guitar Century (c. 1880-1980): Global Trends and Local Contexts. The Instrument of Change: The International Rise of the Guitar (c.1870-1945) (2016), and TEDx (2011).