Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

First Thursdays @ the Athenaeum Lunchtime Concert

Acoustic guitarist Peter Biedermann, from Butler, New Jersey, has been playing guitar, composing and performing live since 1977. He has also played numerous styles of music in various bands, most notably the band PING. PING started out as an instrumental guitar duo with Ian Smit in 1984. The idea then, as it is now, was to combine acoustic and electronic elements and create electro-acoustic soundscapes originally developed by the likes of Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, David Torn and many other lesser known pioneers of ambient musical sound structures.

 Beginning in the summer of 2000, Biedermann’s focus shifted to writing, performing and recording solo guitar pieces; many incorporating a hybrid style combining fingerstyle acoustic via six and twelve string guitars with electronic ambient soundscapes in real time. Three recordings highlighting this phase of development are documented on Sound & Spirit (2000), In Theory (2001) and The Learning Curve (2001). A transition to solo acoustic playing became the focus in 2008 and continues today. We are very pleased to welcome back this amazingly versatile musician for a return engagement at the Athenaeum! More information about Beidermann can be found at

Lunch will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. and the concerts will start at noon.  

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