• MJ’s lead guitarist comes to Manila

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    Australian guitarist Orianthi has played for the biggest musical acts in the world

    Australian guitarist Orianthi has played for the biggest musical acts in the world

    Probably the only female guitarist who has conquered the globe with her immense talent and remains to be the most sought-after by the world’s biggest acts, award-winning Australian musician Orianthi is coming to Manila for a series of concert performances this month.

    Orianthi is set to perform in several venues in Manila from August 20 to 27 in line with the release of her very first Best Of… recording, which will have its Asian debut in Japan.

    In Manila, Orianthi is scheduled for live performances on the following dates: August 22 at the Chef and Brewer on Emerald Ave., Ortigas Center; August 25 at 19 East at Km. 19, East Service Road in Sucat, Paranaque; and on August 27 at the Hard Rock Café in Makati City.

    Meanwhile, on August 20, the artist will have a special appearance at AMPed, a fund-raising concert of the Midlife Crisis band and AMP at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila. The show is a benefit concert for the Midlife Crisis band’s music scholars and the building of classrooms.

    Best known as the lead guitarist personally handpicked by the late great Michael Jackson for his monumental concert tour This Is It, Orianthi Panagaris or simply Orianthi has played for and with the biggest and most diverse artists in the world such as Carlos Santana, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai, Michael Bolton, Prince, ZZ Top, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, and Dave Stewart, among others. Orianthi’s vast experience has enabled her to hone her skills to the best advantage. She said, “I’ve learned something valuable from all the artists I have had the privilege to work with.” She most recently appeared on tour with famous guitarist Ritchie Sambora (formerly of Bon Jovi) across Europe and New York.

    Voted as “Breakthrough Guitarist of the Year” in 2010 by Guitar International magazine, Orianthi was exposed to rock music at an early age when she started taking an interest in the record collection of her father who was also a musician. There, she was particularly fascinated by the works of guitar legends Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream and Carlos Santana.

    She begged her dad to buy her a second-hand guitar and then bought all of Santana’s videos on VHS, which she wore down while trying to learn his solos. Santana’s visit to Orianthi’s hometown in Adelaide when she was 11 proved to be a turning point in her life.

    Since releasing her major label debut, Believe in 2009 Orianthi has recorded a total of four studio albums and has released five singles including her worldwide hit, “According To You.”

    She was also cited by Elle magazine as among the “12 Best Female Electric Guitar Players” in 2009. She was also honored by Gibson Guitars as one of their “Guitar Gals: The Top 10 Female Guitar Players of All Time.”

    Orianthi is on a mission to break barriers. She said she has always wanted to inspire more girls to play the guitar. “That’s why getting on the radio was really important to me in the beginning,” she declared.

    For inquiries on the visiting artist’s series of shows, log on to www.orianthi.artistintersect.com.

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