By Chris Arnold
Brazilian guitarist Guilherme Vincens performed for Franklin College students and residents Thursday evening at the 66 Water St. Café in downtown Franklin.
Cale Hoeflicker, Lecturer of Guitar at Franklin, also performed alongside Guilherme for a few songs.
Hoeflicker was the connection to Guilherme, who came to the small town like Franklin to do a performance though he has traveled all over the world. Guilherme is on tour right now in the Midwest, and Hoeflicker invited him to campus.
“We’ve known each other for a long time,” Hoeflicker said. “We met in 2002 when we were both studying at the University of Arizona.”
Both of these artists play the classical guitar, which includes a broad range of songs and styles. This program consisted mostly of Spanish and Latin American music, along with some Brazilian music.
“The style is called classical guitar; I mean it’s a classical guitar concert,” Vincens said. “But since I am from Brazil, I also play a little Bosanova and Samba which are not exactly classical guitar.”
This concert was the inaugural event for the 66 Water St. Café in launching their series of open music nights. Lisa Fears was very excited about everything she saw on this kind of grand opening.
“I think I counted 32 people in here at one point which is almost the maximum capacity,” Fears said. “We are about to launch our Friday night open music nights, and the studio next door is almost complete, so we may be able to play in there by May 1.”
Guilhermo went back and forth all night between classical songs from Spain and other countries and Brazilian classical songs. He played a song he had written on his own and said he was still not quite sure about it. Some songs had a jazz-like sound to them, while others had more of a string sound. Some songs were upbeat while some were more mellow and even sad.
A student at Franklin and guitar player himself, Alec Gray, sophomore, was in awe over what Guilhermo could do with a guitar.
“He’s amazing,” Grey said. “I’m in Cale’s guitar class, and he’s been showing us stuff on the classical guitar.”
Alec was stunned by how much Guilhermo has mastered the instrument.
“I only know how to play it like a beginner,” Alec said. “So to see someone master it like he has really is awesome.”
Not only did Guilherme perform alone, but he and Hoeflicker played a few duets together as well. In Guilhermo’s time in Franklin, he has performed a show for the people in the town of Franklin and also performed for one of Hoeflicker’s music classes at the college as well.