Guitar duo blends musical themes

Summerland musicians combine styles in original compositions

Two guitarists are combining their musical styles and traditions to form Acoustic Noire, a musical duo.

Phil Patenaude and Rob Dewar have known each other since 1995 and have played together in the past. In 2013, they recorded an informal jam together and in 2015, working from that, they began what would become Acoustic Noire.

Their recently formed duo is a collaborative effort, with Patenaude’s happier sounds brightening Dewar’s darker moods.

“We reflect each other’s music,” Dewar said. “Phil writes stuff I would never write alone.”

Patenaude’s musical background is in folk and jazz, while Dewar is a self-taught musician with a rock background. Between the two of them, they have more than seven decades of guitar playing experience.

Dewar describes Acoustic Noire as an “orchestrated acoustic guitar duet.” The two musicians play original acoustic guitar compositions, with a wide range of stylistic approaches.

“My mainstay in the guitar world is lead improvisation, and I use that medium as an inspiration for writing melodies and textures,” Dewar said.

These sounds are blended with Patenaude’s rhythmic chordal progressions.

Patenaude grew up in Montreal and developed his musical styles based on the multicultural and jazz traditions he experienced while growing up.

“For me, the opportunity to co-create and share the many moods and colours of what the acoustic guitar can bring is a dream come true,” he said.

Dewar enjoys the collaborative efforts and the resulting sounds from the work he and Patenaude create together.

“My inspiration in writing and performing Acoustic Noire’s music, is to give our audiences a real treat of great music and deep, evolving emotions, with a little excitement at seeing how we play what we do, live, tossed in, just for fun,” Dewar said.

On May 27, Acoustic Noire will perform at Jojo’s in Osoyoos. On June 23, the duo will open for Alfie Zappacosta at Kelowna Habitat. On Aug. 25, the two musicians will perform a full concert at Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland.

More information on Acoustic Noire can be found at

Just Posted

East Shuswap Road wildfire’s fire line being controlled

Firefighters saved an eagle’s nest and eaglets while controlling fire lines

RCMP ask public to help locate missing West Kelowna teen

Madison Loutitt was last seen July 12

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Thieves on the loose in Lake Country

The RCMP is looking for thieves who stole from vehicles and a liquor store

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

Your reviews: John Fogerty rocks the South Okanagan

Photos and reviews from fans in Penticton at John Fogerty’s concert in the SOEC

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Most Read