Bill actively performs for a variety of private events throughout the US and abroad. Below is a small sampling of past clients and venues:
CLIENT SAMPLING: SAMPLE VENUES: International Bar Association Mayflower DC Raging Wire Renaissance DC ACT DAR Constitution Hall TD Ameritrade Newseum Lincoln Financial National Air and Space Museum
(DC and VA)
Hilton Hotels and Resorts PA Academy of Fine Arts Deloitte Erie Jazz and Blues Festival, Erie, PA Microsoft Central PA Arts Festival Sega U.S. Institute of Peace Creditxpert, Inc. Mount Vernon Valvoline National Museum of Natural History Snap-On Tools National Gallery of Art Univeristy of Maryland American Visionary Art Museum Baltimore County Community Colleges Glenview Mansion, Rockville, Maryland City of Rockville Maryland Gaylord National Resort German Cancer Society 101 Constitution (DC) Canam Steel Mandarin Oriental Capital Services, Inc. Hay Adams Cigna Italy (various) Line One Productions Dominican Republic (various) AdCo National Archives
Over 1000 performances
"I was absolutely floored by what he [Burke] was doing — which was playing an 8-string guitar, often tap-style, producing airy, ethereal melodic lines which evoke both eastern and western themes in an oft-trancelike collision. Do not miss this performance. Period." --The Erie Reader
"Burke’s seemingly minimalist leanings — arpeggiated chords that radiated from his instrument, sometimes over a looping rhythmic motif — had an urban sophistication that blended in with this space. ...the audience was coolly patient savoring Burke’s currents of music that gently played over the skin. " - Cross Currents, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Vehicle of expression is the 8-string guitar
“Bill Burke plays the guitar like most people play the piano…the notes ripple from his instrument in a harp-like manner, yet the unmistakable guitar sound is still present.” -Frederick News-Post
“…a wildly gifted musician, Bill Burke plays the Warr Guitar, an eight stringed instrument which allows him to play multiple parts at the same time. That requires discipline not to mention dexterity, but he pulls it off gracefully on “Where’d Our Ball Go?” now in it’s second printing.” - Erie Times News.
In addition to his solo work, Bill leads several ensembles and groups. The Bill Burke Ensemble is currently available for a wide range of events.
"On their last trip through Cleveland, Bill Burke and the Tertium Quid Percussion Ensemble blew the roof off The Winchester Tavern and Music Hall with their intoxicating rhythms and hypnotizing melodies. They brought energy and life to the dark hall as they filled the night with their sound, encouraging those in attendance to feel the music in their bodies and souls. On a Friday night in mid-May, they left nothing to crave from the moment they stepped on stage, diving straight into the music...." - Cleveland Concerts Examiner
"Together, the Bill Burke Trio lifts off like a jet for exciting, rhythmic instrumental jams and journeys..." - Erie Times-News
“The partnership of Bill Burke and the Tertium Quid Percussion Ensemble brings four musicians to the stage that create an intricate, inviting and addictive sound that takes the audience on a rhythmic journey into worlds unknown. ...The crowd could not help but be drawn into the energy on stage whether they had come knowingly to witness this spectacular performance... "- Cleveland Concerts Examiner
Composed and produced five recordings and numerous broadcast works for TV, film and radio (see SERVICES for client list)
“Bill has the ability to create compositions which transfix the listener…” - Erie Times-News
"Bill Burke from Maryland has a flair for melody and composition as well as improvisation..." - www.progressiveears.com
"Several songs on the album “One” flat-out smoke like three-alarm fires, while others are more laid back...jazzy, dreamy, ethereal." - Erie Times-News
Bill’s music can be heard nationally and internationally on stations as diverse as NPR (NYC and Echoes), Australia’s FretNet, Siberia’s Penguin Radio, The Netherlands’ Radio Xymphonia, WKMHD (Portland, OR) and numerous others.
Bill often freelances as a performer and arranger.
In addition to music, Bill enjoys Ancient Greek and Medieval Philosophies and spending time with his family and dog(s).
Bill's beloved boys, present and past.