Stefan Schyga has enjoyed a lifelong love of the guitar, performing, recording and teaching his unique blend of classical, flamenco and jazz. At the Hillsboro Community Center, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9, Stefan will perform new original music and material from his upcoming project “La Guitarra Mexicana.”
German-born, Schyga has lived more than 25 years in the U.S. southwest, graduating with a master’s degree in music education from the University of Texas-El Paso in 1991. From 1993 to 1996, he played classical/flamenco guitar in the duo La Vienta, along with Hispanic guitarist Mario Otero. The two musicians met by chance in a hallway at UTEP, and created a fresh approach to acoustic guitar by combining classical, Latin styles, and rock. La Vienta made its mark on the international music scene, performing across the USA and recording three albums – “Jazzmenco,” “Night Dance,” and “Forgotten Romance.”
Stefan has also recorded three solo albums, “A Little World Music,” “Spanish Soul, Featuring the Acoustic World Ensemble,” and “A Winter Romance.” In July 2014, he was invited to perform at the 13th Annual World Music Festival in Molln, Germany.
For much of the past two decades, Stefan has also been a guitar teacher at the university level, and also to adults and high school students. His years of instructing classes, as well as private lessons, inspired him to write a new and different method to teach guitar playing in a more effective, and especially more interesting, manner. Schyga realized that, using the Internet, it is possible to have an interactive learning method that is almost able to “replace” a traditional style teacher, and he created a large body of lessons, now available at www.youtube.com/learnhowtoplayguitar. Schyga has been called “a rare teacher, one that inspires [students’] love for their art.” www.Stefan.us
After the concert, Stefan will offer a guitar workshop (included in the admission), so bring your guitar.
Admission is just $5. The Hillsboro Community Center (HCC) is located on Elenora Street, next to the Union Church on the south hill overlooking the town. The HCC schedules a concert monthly. For more information on upcoming events see www.blackrange.org.