Kimbal Dykes began playing the guitar at age 5. He first heard classical guitar when he attended a concert by Julian Bream, which inspired him to intensify his study of the instrument. As early as 1972 Kimbal was winning awards for his fine playing including The Northwest Young Artists Competition. He was, shortly thereafter, awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory Of Music. Kimbal has performed all over the world in concert settings both as a soloist and as a featured artist with major symphony orchestras and ensembles. Dykes possesses a unique talent for composition which has lead to the publication of many of his original works as well as transcriptions and arrangements. Among his recording credits are Barinya on Flying Fish Records and his most recent release The Ave! on the Music World label.
Styles Of Music: Classical & Flamenco, Spanish Classical Guitar and well known solo guitar music ranging from standards to popular and easy listening.
Performer & Instrumentation: Kimbal Dykes typically performs solo and is able to play almost any kind of venue from quiet fully acoustic, using small amp., for larger spaces, or with a full sound system for very large audiences depending on whether the engagement is for concert or background entertainment.
References & Performances: "The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tacoma Symphony, The Bellevue Philharmonic, The Thalia Collegium Musicum, The Universal Expo in Barcelona Spain, The Chicago Art Institute, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, A Prairie Home Companion/NPR Radio, KIRO TV "Music Magic, The Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra, The Heritage Festival, The Bagley Wright Theater. .
Sample Repertoire: Classical Gas, Wind Beneath My Wings, Sonata in A, Theme From Mash, Rumors De La Caleta, The Ave! Pachelbel Canon, Sonatina in E, Three Spanish Dances, Evergreen, Between The Moon & New York City( the Best That You Can Do), Bach Prelude in A, The Rose, Baroque Rondeau for Guitar, Mozart Divertimento, The Wedding March. . Plus many more. You may select the styles you'd like, whether pure classical guitar from the 18th & 19th Centuries or a mix of styles.