Gary Deacon began playing the guitar at an early age under the guidance of his father, professional guitarist and teacher, Arthur Deacon.

Gary obtained numerous awards during the early years, including a Gold Diploma for outstanding performance on solo classical guitar.

 

He developed the reputation of being one of Cape Town’s 'in demand' session guitarists / bass guitarists and apart from various appearances on SABC TV, he has composed and contributed towards numerous projects for the SABC, Fine Music Radio, commercial CD’s, advertising jingles and film music.

Gary taught guitar and bass guitar at the S.A. College of Music Jazz Studies, University of Cape Town, from 1992 to 2007.

 

Apart from solo performances and heading his own successful duo and band "Sound Image", Gary is in demand as a side musician for numerous ensembles, jazz groups and function bands.

 

Achievements: 

  • A distinction in the final practical guitar examination of the Royal Schools of Music.

  • An Artes nomination for his SABC Album, "Six String Things".

  • An NTVA Award for music composed and performed for his first video animation production.

  • Composing and performing extra music for the award winning Australian film, "The Jammed",  released in 2007.

 

Recorded or performed with South African and International Artists such as:

  • Ge Korsten

  • Mynie Grove

  • Selaelo Selota

  • Johnny Fourie

  • Gloria Bosman

  • Melanie Scholtz

  • Judith Sephuma

  • Shannon Mowday

  • Winston Mankuku

  • Laurinda Hofmeyer

  • Herb Ellis (USA)

  • Cal Collins (USA)

  • Mike Rossi (USA)

  • Georgie Fame (UK)

  • Dave O' Higgins (UK)

  • Helmut Lotti (Belgium)

  • James Morrison (Australia)

 

 

His duo is one of the most popular ensembles of its sort in Cape Town.

Consisting of ever guitarist Gary Deacon, and Willie van Zyl on sax / clarinet / flute, this duo is a popular choice for background music, with an extremely wide repertoire ranging from classical and light jazzy to popular contemporary.

 

Should the usual full-time members not be available, the duo often performs with regular alternative performers, such as such as well-know saxophonists Marc de Kock and Stuart Goodwin. The duo is happy to interact with the guests, and will welcome any special requests. An added advantage is their mobile ablity to perform at virtually any location and their ability to stroll around.

 

With a well-established reputation of entertaining without being intrusive, the Duo is able to provide the perfect background sounds for wedding ceremonies, pre-dinner drinks and/or main events, and is also a popular entertainment option for corporate cocktail functions.

 

Gary Deacon

 

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