Aaron Spoor performed a two-hour set, including a piece titled “Campero” by Argentine Tango Artist Astro Piazzolla, Sunday at Rico Coffee in La Verne. Spoor has been playing classical guitar for 12 years.
There are moments in peoples’ lives when they hear music playing and become completely wrapped up in the way it makes them feel.
Whether it reminds them of something from the past or takes them somewhere only imaginable in one’s dreams, music can have a profound effect on certain individuals.
Classical guitarist Aaron Spoor is one of the musicians who makes these feelings possible.
On stage with just his guitar at Rico Coffee in La Verne on Sunday, Spoor played as if he had been doing it his entire life.
The clean sound that Spoor created with his guitar is a product of many hours of hard work and a love for the music.
The man who was inspired by the fans at Grateful Dead shows when he was younger has been performing for more than 10 years and, judging by the look on his face, he is still loving it.
“He’s great,” said University of La Verne senior Becky Tuttle. “It’s very soothing and easy to listen to.”
Spoor, who grew up in Chicago, got his first guitar for Christmas in 1994 at the age of 20.
While in Denver, Spoor decided that he wanted to go to music school.
Since he started taking classes at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, Spoor has played in different areas throughout Illinois, Colorado, California and Oregon.
He graduated in 2002, earning his bachelors degree of music with an emphasis in classical guitar.
The following year, Spoor received a conservatory scholarship from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
After being awarded this scholarship, he was able to study under Grammy Award winner Sergio Asad.
He now even gives lessons of his own.
He currently teaches music classes at both Mount San Antonio College in Walnut and Mitch’s Music in Upland.
“I usually teach younger kids but every now and then you get the middle-aged guy who doesn’t want to leave his wife so he picks up a guitar,” Spoor said with a laugh.
In July, he moved to California before recording his first album in the spring.
Spoor is currently trying to perform in front of as many people as possible, playing live at Rico Coffee every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. for the rest of September.
He can also be found playing at Border’s Bookstores throughout the area on Saturday nights at 8 p.m.
“He’s fun to watch live because you can tell that he really enjoys playing,” said Steve Ramos of San Dimas. “There is a lot of passion behind what he does.”
Rico Coffee allows many aspiring artists to showcase their talents through weekly open mic nights held on Thursday as well as the scheduling of different bands throughout the week.
If you would like to learn more about Aaron Spoor or listen to samples of his work, visit his web site at www.atstamusic.com.
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