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Client feedback for Sound Image

Client feedback for Sound Image

Friday, September 15, 2017

Solo Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Arrangement of Cherokee


Click onto the image for my YouTube video of this popular jazz standard ! 

Initial Comments :

" Fantastic, just amazing. Thank you. " 

Roger Hoard (Akron, Ohio U.S.A. Premier Guitarist and member of Jamboree USA from 1971-2007. Former Musical Director for Jamboree USA and Jamboree in the Hills.  Performed with Chet Atkins and Lenny Breau).


" Joe Pass once said "Musicians judge each other by the intros they play to tunes." Nicely done ! "

Brian O'Sullivan


" Nice tone on that nylon string! "

Mark Anderson

KUESTA 2017 Welcoming Function - Stellenbosch Music Conservatory - 8th September 2017



Good Afternoon Gary 

... It was an absolute pleasure having you at our KUESTA 2017 welcoming function. 

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music with us ... 

Have a lovely afternoon and be blessed. 

Ulrike Vorndran 

Coordinator

Hospitality and Accommodation

Monday, September 11, 2017

Can't Help Falling In Love - Acoustic Guitar and Sax Duo


Originally recorded by Elvis Presley in 1961, 'Can't Help Falling in Love' is based on the melody of 'Plaisir d'amour', a classical French love song composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini.

Apart from being covered by many popular artists over the years, 'Can't Help Falling In Love' has also been featured in various movie sound tracks.

The song remains a popular request for our acoustic guitar and sax duo ...



Alternative direct audio link available here 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Bester Feed and Grain Corporate Event - The Cooperage, Anura Vinyards - 31st August 2017



Hi Gary

Thank you so much for the great performance on Thursday evening! 

It was great working with you again! 

Kind regards 

Elizabeth Winshaw 

Event Specialist

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Linda's Birthday Celebration - Jack Black's Brewing Company - 19th August 2017


Dear Gary and the Band, 

THANK YOU! 

Thank you for a fantastic evening last night. You were just so wonderful. 

You read the party well and kept people on their feet all night long. Thank you! Thank you very much! 

The music was awesome - I have not had so much fun in a very long time! 

It was clear to me that you were enjoying yourselves as well and that added oodles to the evening. 

Gary, please remember to send cost details for the additional time. 

Best 

Aarnout

Another awesome response for the Sound Image 4-Piece band ! 

We thoroughly enjoyed performing for Linda's memorable birthday celebration during which all the guests showed their appreciation on a full dance floor for most of the evening !

Photographs : Domenic Gorin, Infinity Studios Photography.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lucy and Ruan - ROCA Restaurant, Dieu Donne Estate, Franschhoek - 16th Feb 2017



To Gary, 

Just a little note to say a big thank you for being such wonderful ceremony musicians on our special day. Your rendition of 'These are the days' brought back such happy tears to my eyes - it was so special, so thank you.

We've had such marvelous comments about your playing - 

and you really were the soundtrack to our happy day. 

Thank you.

Best wishes   

Lucy and Ruan




Monday, August 7, 2017

Gerald and Liza's Wedding - Hudson's, Vredenheim Wine Farm, Stellenbosch - 16th April 2017



Dear Gary 

Once again, thank you so much for everything, the band was really amazing. Please feel free to use the following testimony and pictures.  

" We really cannot recommend Sound Image and Gary Deacon highly enough. 

We first got in touch with Gary almost a year before our wedding day, and it was a pleasure to work with him. Gary is extremely professional, organised, and friendly. 

Sound Image have a huge and varied selection of songs, and they offered to play Irish and German songs, which made the travelling guests feel at home. The band also took a few requests on the day. The live music contributed to the atmosphere of the reception a great deal and sound quality was also amazing! Our guests had only good things to say about the band. 

At first we were a little worried, about booking a band over the internet without having a chance to see them live, but in the end everything went smoothly thanks to Gary. 

We couldn’t be happier. 

Best of luck in the future . " 

Gerard and Lize

It was a pleasure to receive these kind words and the unexpected wonderful testimonial from this warm and friendly wedding couple. 

The Sound Image 5-Piece band thoroughly enjoyed performing for Gerald and Lize's memorable wedding reception which took place at Hudson's, Stellenbosch on the 16th April this year. 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Our Love Is Here To Stay (George Girshwin) - Sound Image Trio - mp3 AUDIO


The Sound Image Trio (Keyboards, Bass Guitar-Acoustic Guitar and Drums-Vocals) perform a wide range of appropriate instrumental and vocal background styles from Sophisticated Easy Listening and 'Big Band' Swing including music perfect for the dance floor from Classic Hits to Contemporary.

Easy Listening Swing Jazz is just one of the popular background music styles that we have the ability to include for guests to enjoy and chat over upon arrival during the initial part of the evening and during dinner. 


The Sound Image Trio version of "Our Love Is Here To Stay" by George Gershwin features the impressive skills of our keyboard player Andrew Ford (mp3 Audio also available by clicking onto the photograph above).

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Marvin Gaye (Charlie Puth) - Sound Image Trio - mp3 AUDIO

 

Sound Image Band set up and ready to perform for a memorable wedding reception at the spectacular Olive Press, Boschendal.

The Sound Image Trio (Keyboards, Bass Guitar-Acoustic Guitar and Drums-Vocals) perform a wide range of appropriate instrumental and vocal background styles from Sophisticated Easy Listening Jazz and 'Big Band' Swing including music perfect for the dance floor from Classic Hits to Contemporary.

"Marvin Gaye" by Charlie Puth (and guest Meghan Trainor) was released during February 2015 and topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, and New Zealand. The hit song peaked within the top five in Australia and also reached the top 40 in Austria, Canada and the United States.

The Sound Image Trio cover of "Marvin Gaye", features the impressive vocal skills of our drummer Carl van Rensburg aka China (mp3 Audio also available by clicking onto the photograph above).

Monday, July 31, 2017

Media 24 Legends Awards - Zip Zap Circus - 28th July 2017




Hi Gary

Thank you so much for your magnificent contribution to Friday night’s event, your music just added that necessary charm to make the awards so much more special!

Kind regards

Emma Kotze

Brand Experience Coordinator

Clarisse Coetzee

Marketing and Events Management








Photographs : Retha Ferguson

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Special Birthday Celebration - Wang Thai Restaurant, Lagoon Beach, Milnerton - 15th July 2017


" Thank you very much for the music on Saturday night. It was absolutely outstanding ! It made the evening ! Absolute class ! "

Quinton

" Thank you so much. Dad was super chuffed and everyone had many compliments. You guys were really great. Pro's obviously ... "

Linzi

A wonderful response and kind words for our acoustic guitar and sax duo !

Monday, July 17, 2017

Merwen Mellet Anniversary Function at Spier Conference Centre - 1st July 2017


" Thanks for your awesome music ! "

Alana Mellet  

" You guys were brilliant. You really rocked ! "

Hannes Loubsher 

Spier Creative Project Manager

Events, Film and Marketing


Kind words for the Sound Image 5-Piece Band !

Friday, June 30, 2017

Solo Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Arrangement of Autumn Leaves

 

Click onto the image for my YouTube video of this great jazz standard !

Initial Comments :


" Nice job on the arrangement. Your chords have some nice movement and colors. Keeps it interesting over the tune ... "

Dr. Matthew Warnock (Internationally recognized jazz guitarist, performer, and educator) - Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.


" Interesting original arrangement. I like it when players aren't afraid to take a chance and "risk" a very different take on a "Standard." Some jazz purists might not like that for selfish reasons (my personal opinion of most purists), but I admire creativity, especially when it's well done. And, this is very well done man, nice job. "

Zeek Duff


" Very interesting performance, Gary. I enjoyed this very much ". 

James V Krasinski - Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.


" I love how playful the comping was. Excellent tone and performance. Great work! " 

Andy Kerr

Monday, May 29, 2017

Solo Fingerstyle Guitar Arrangement Of A Classic Jazz Standard



Click onto the image for my YouTube video of this great jazz standard !

Initial Comments : 

" A beautiful performance of a fresh arrangement of 'Body and Soul' ". 

Nigel Vermaas 


" Excellent arrangement and excellently played ". 

Sez Adamson (Professional Pedal Steel Guitarist - Johannesburg) 


" Beautiful! Very, very good arrangement and good taste ". 

Marco Vienna (Professional Guitarist - Rimini, Italy) 


Great playing and arrangement. Nice Video ". 

Al Zimmerman (New York)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Gary Deacon Acoustic Guitar and Sax Duo - Live At Barristers



Situated in the heart of Newlands, Barristers is a popular and well-established restaurant with a reputation for good food and pleasant, easy listening jazzy sounds every Sunday evening. 

In between our numerous wedding bookings in the Winelands, our acoustic guitar and sax duo has the pleasure of performing to an appreciative audience at least once a month on a Sunday evening from 6:00 pm - 9:00pm at Barristers. We also have the distinction of appearing on their website :)

The duo performed for a full house on Sunday the 30th April. Our tribute to Glenn Miller was captured on video and is always fun to perform. The brief 'vocal' towards the end is an optional extra for Barristers and not always included in all our performances !




Client Appreciation

Dear Gary

Words cannot express how much we enjoyed having you play at our wedding. Thank you for making our wedding that much more magical. All the family and friends still have not stopped raving about your music. A truly magical night indeed. You guys were superbly awesome! Please let us know when you are playing at Barristers or any other place again, we'd love to come see you and show our support.

Kind Regards

Amanda

Banksia Boutique Hotel Wedding (8th April 2017)


That was great. You guys were nice and vibey!

Nicci Morris

Wedding Planner

Nicolette Weddings

Cavalli Estate Wedding (15th April 2017)


Dear Gary, Thank you so much for playing at our wedding back in February - it really was a super day. We have a written thank you we would like to send you - do you have an address we could send it to? 

Also we so really enjoyed your rendition of These Are the Days - we wondered whether you had a recording of this you could send us? The acoustic version was just so lovely. 

Kind regards, 

Lucy and Ruan

ROCA Restaurant, Dieu Donne Estate Wedding (16th Feb 2017)  


On top of Table Mountain for The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (18th February 2016)


 An awesome confetti moment ... 


... and a memorable march down (both photographs taken at the spectacular Molenvliet Estate).

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Charlotte and Jack's Wedding at Cavalli Estate - 15th April 2017


The Sound Image Acoustic Guitar-Sax Duo and 4-Piece Band had the pleasure of performing for Charlotte and Jack's spectacular wedding which took place on the 15th April 2017 at Cavalli Estate.

" That was great. You guys were nice and vibey! "

Nicci Morris 

Wedding Planner 

Nicolette Weddings

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Shawn and Amanda's Wedding - Banksia Boutique Hotel, Rosebank - 8th April 2017


Dear Gary

Words cannot express how much we enjoyed having you play at our wedding.

Thank you for making our wedding that much more magical.

... All the family and friends still have not stopped raving about your music.

A truly magical night indeed.

You guys were superbly awesome!

... Please let us know when you are playing at Barristers or any other place again, we'd love to come see you and show our support.

Kind Regards

Amanda

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fools & Fans Beer Festival, Greyton - 1st April 2017


" We really loved having you there Gary and your music really set the tone for the festival. Well done. Would love to chat again next year if you are keen?

Keep well  

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Trevor Gerntholtz "

Kind words for our acoustic guitar and sax duo performance with virtuoso Willie van Zyl at the first Fools & Fans Beer Festival which took place on the 1st April at Greyton. 

A special thanks to Angie Mitchell (vocals), Keith Merrington (keyboards) and Peter Gilder (drums) who kindly joined us for a lively and enjoyable 2nd and 3rd set ! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

FIrst Corporate Function Inside The Silo Hotel Penthouse, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town - 5th April 2017


Our acoustic guitar and sax duo had the pleasure of performing for the first corporate function inside the spectacular penthouse on the top floor of the brand new Silo Hotel situated in Cape Town's V&A Waterfront.


" That was perfect and exactly what we wanted ".

Jeremy (coordinator in charge of the the event).


Thursday, April 6, 2017

19 Years of South Africa-China Diplomatic Relations L'Huguenot Gala Dinner


A surprise acoustic guitar performance from the head of the Chinese delegation during the Gala Dinner celebrating 19 years of South Africa-China diplomatic relations at L'Huguenot, Paarl. 

It was a pleasure for our acoustic guitar and sax duo to perform for the second consecutive year of this special occasion. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kyk Net BRAVO Ball - Stellenbosch Town Hall - 25th Feb 2017



Good evening Gary Deacon

Thank you so much for your lovely presence at the BRAVO! Bal on Saturday evening. 

Your music was amazing and most of the guests came to compliment me about my good choice ! 

You deserve the compliments, not me.

Vriendelike US Woordfees-Groete

Ulrike Vorndran

Coordinator: Hospitality and Accommodation

Kind words in response to my solo guitar sounds  during the arrival of the guests followed by our acoustic guitar and sax duo performance during dinner for the Kyk Net Bravo Ball / US Woorfees which took place on the 25th February in the Stellenbosch Town Hall.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wedding at ROCA Restaurant, Dieu Donne Estate, Franschhoek - 16th Feb 2017


Our acoustic guitar and sax duo received a request to perform for Lucy and Ruan's wedding ceremony and pre-dinner which took place on the 16th February outside ROCA Restaurant at the picturesque Dieu Donne Wine Estate :

Dear Gary,

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding back in February - it really was a super day. We have a written thank you we would like to send you - do you have an address we could send it to?

Also we so really enjoyed your rendition of These Are the Days - we wondered whether you had a recording of this you could send us? The acoustic version was just so lovely.

Kind regards,

Lucy & Ruan

In short, another successful and happy celebration with a lovely couple and appreciative guests!

It was also a pleasant surprise to see the classic grey 1967 split screen Kombi :) 


Friday, January 13, 2017

Wedding at Strandkombuis, Yzerfontein - 30th December 2016


"Thank you again for your great performance!  Happy 2017!"

Johann Brink

The Sound Image acoustic guitar and sax duo had the pleasure of performing for Johann and Emma's wedding ceremony and pre-dinner followed by the Sound Image 5-Piece band for background and dancing music at their memorable reception which took place at the picturesque Strandkombuis in Yzerfontein. 

In short, another memorable evening for the couple and responsive guests who showed their appreciation on a full dance floor until midnight !   


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wedding at Admiralty House Beach and Reception at Wardroom Job Masego - 10th December 2016



"You guys were awesome and all the guests loved it!!"

Captain Lisa Hendricks

South African Navy

Kind words of appreciation for our acoustic guitar and sax duo performance on the 10th December for Lisa's daughter Ashley's wedding ceremony at Admiralty House Beach and reception at Wardroom Job Masego in Simonstown.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

31st Fairest Cape Tour - Goudini Spa, Worcester 22nd Nov 2016


It was a pleasure to perform again as an acoustic guitar and keyboard duo with pianist Eddie Kirkwood for the recent Fairest Cape Tour awards dinner hosted by the Cape Vintage Motorcycle Club - in short, another enjoyable evening with appreciative guests !


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wedding at The Olive Press, Boschendal - 1st October 2016



"You guys (and lady) were absolutely amazing !"

Maralize

A kind comment received this morning from another happy bride !

It was a pleasure for the Sound Image 5-Piece band to perform a fun mix of background and dancing music for Maralize and Helgard's memorable wedding reception which took place on the 1st October at the spectacular Olive Press, Boschendal.