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 new work Despertares (2018) 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.
Established as a concert performer from a young age numerous tours and collaborations have spanned Gerard’s career in the UK, Spain, Australia, 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.
Gerard was still a teenager when awarded the guitar prize from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music guitar competition. 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 is a graduate of the QCM and has a Master of Music degree from the Melbourne University VCA & MCM, and is now currently completing a PhD on contemporary flamenco guitar.
Abroad Gerard has collaborated with UK artists Candela flamenco fusion, with guitarist Paul Aguilera, flautist Philippe Barnes, violinist Ben Sarfass and composer/guitarist Lee Westwood.
Based in Melbourne he performs widely as a recitalist and festival guest, as well as ongoing collaborations with Opera Australia, 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, Melbourne Recital Centre and all Australian folk festivals.
As a recording artist he has released numerous albums and collaborative works including Wish Hill (2004) by All Jigged Out, To Sleep (2004) by Lee Westwood, Tomorrow (2006) by Preference, Vuelta al Mundo (2008) solo guitar album, Bride in a Red Dress (2009) with Doch Gypsy Orchestra, Simple Joys of Maidenhood (2010) with Rhiannon Hart & the Umm-Ahh's, Cravin' just a little misbehavin (2011), The Last Reel (2014) with Laique.