Written by Emily Reeter
The guitar player, Marcus Tardelli, came to the city of Champaign-Urbana for the first time and performed a variety of phenomenal guitar pieces. He was a natural talent, and played upbeat, emotional, and calming music so gracefully with his smooth fingers. The atmosphere was different than anything I had been to before. The guitar and the music streaming from it had the eyes and attention of every audience member. The public was mesmerized by the notes, the performance, and the passion of the musician. It was a giant, elegant hall filled with eager crowds, however, there was no chit chatting. Just fascinated eyes and open ears. It was unique and varied from music within my home because of the radiating high energy and passion. If I were to listen music at home, I’d most likely multitask and listen to the music, but mostly keep my focus on the activity at hand. However, in this engaging environment the sounds were the focus. Everyone was engulfed in the emotion and the culture of the music opposed to daily tasks and distractions. Also, in my household I tend to listen to the most popular hits or what’s trending, whereas at this event I got the opportunity to listen to a lot of different cultural music that was popular in other countries. I enjoyed that because I wouldn’t normally be exposed to much diversity in the musical world. It was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t have had access to in the comfort of my own, I’m glad I had the opportunity to take part in this performance at Krannert.