Greg Herriges plays an eclectic mix of original and traditional “whirled” music on guitar, voice, and bouzouki (Greek lute), with a unique approach honed by his studies of Asian and other international styles. A virtuoso performer and award-winning composer, his music and writing have found international recognition and acclaim. Her...riges "whirls" the traditions of East and West, spinning new webs out of everything from Indian ragas and Turkish folk to Japanese koto tunes and surf-jazz.
With a background in progressive rock and fingerstyle guitar, Greg studied ethnomusicology (traditional World music), focusing on Indian, Indonesian, and East Asian classical traditions. Having worked with some of the Midwest's greatest exponents of Chinese, Javanese, and Hindustani music, he is equally at home playing with cross-cultural ensembles or "letting one guitar play him." He also composes and directs music for theater and film and writes instructional music books for Hal Leonard Publishing, specializing in world music for guitar.
Greg Herriges was awarded a 2009–2010 Bush Artist Fellowship for Music Composition. He has created film music for independent documentary films (including the Bush Foundation's Enduring Visions Fellows Documentary, TPT's Incommons Introduction, and Woven from the Land). His music is featured regularly on Twin Cities Public Television’s MN Original program. He was composer and music director for In the Heart of the Beast Theatre's plays Beneath the Surface, Are You Thirsty?, and the 2010-2011 Mayday Ceremonies. He composed and directed original and traditional (Russian) music for Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, and accompanies ongoing plays of Children’s Stories from India, among many other theater productions.
Greg’s recent book/CDs, World Guitar and Guitar Explorer (published by Hal Leonard Corporation), explore the stringed traditions of the world with novel approaches on the guitar. His authoring credits also include most of the Guitar Songs for Dummies series and contributions to Guitar Edge magazine.