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AQUARIAN QUARTET (article first published : 2003-01-31)

Four of South Africa's most accomplished guitarists: Steve Newman; Tony Cox; Syd Kitchen and Greg Georgiades - jointly known as The Aquarian Quartet – are in Durban to perform for a short season at the Catalina Theatre in Wilson's Wharf from January 29 until February 1, nightly at 20h00..

In the history of South African guitar legends there has never been a grouping quite as musically supercharged as The Aquarian Quartet. Each member of the quartet has a long pedigree with Steve Newman and Tony Cox veritable guitar playing icons - their skill with the instrument held in absolute awe by guitar-loving audiences.

The individual members of the quartet are recording artists in their own right and comprise: Steve Newman the brilliant and world-famous guitarist of super-band Tananas; Greg Georgiades, a stunning guitarist, uod and bazooki player; Syd Kitchen whose lyrical and compositional skill is legendary and Tony Cox, whose acoustic virtuosity on the steel-string guitar is renowned and who is a recent winner of the “best instrumental album” at the South African music awards.

It is hard for people to believe that the members of The Aquarian Quartet are long-time friends, highly efficient protagonists of the acoustic guitar and indeed all Aquarians with January 24 and 25 being the birthdays of Cox and Newman respectively and February 14 and15 of Kitchen and Georgiades.It is hard for people to believe that the members of The Aquarian Quartet are long-time friends, highly efficient protagonists of the acoustic guitar and indeed all Aquarians with January 24 and 25 being the birthdays of Cox and Newman respectively and February 14 and 15 of Kitchen and Georgiades.

The musicians that comprise The Aquarian Quartet are four of the most inventive, skilled and original guitarists that South or Southern Africa has ever produced and they quite simply mesmerize and entrap their audiences within a web of rhythm and sound; an audience that is made up of whole families.

Usually, a guitar quartet relies on the fact that each member went to the same guitar school and therefore their individual styles are uniform. No such thing in The Aquarian Quartet. Each member has his own distinct style, and the blending and coming together of these styles is what makes the quartet uniquely and brilliantly different.

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