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Artist Profiles: Daniel Stelter

Daniel Stelter – Photo by Simon Hegenberg

Daniel Stelter was born in Germany. His passion for music started early: he began playing the classical guitar at the age of eight, and was soon introduced to jazz, rock and pop music by his older brothers.

As a teenager he spent hours meticulously listening and playing to tunes from records and tapes. At the age of 17 he was a member of the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer. During that time, Stelter toured for six weeks through Southeast Europe and recorded a CD.

After his graduation he studied jazz guitar with Norbert Scholly at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, but he never lost track of the classical guitar.

With Ulf Kleiner (piano), Tommy Baldu (drums) and Michael Pauker (bass) Stelter formed a quartet tha released several albums, including “Homebrew Songs” (2009) and “Krikelkrakel” (2012). The sound of the quartet is a symbiosis of classical guitar, mixed with a trace of electronic music, underlaid with a sound carpet of cool beats and a healthy dose of funk and soul.

In 2016 Daniel Stelter was recruited as guitar player for the NDR-BigBand and he accompanied jazz legend Al Jarreau on his tour through Europe, staging at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Olympia in Paris, Opera Garnier in Monte Carlo, Paradiso in Amsterdam, Performing Arts Center in Kristiansand, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Philharmonie in Berlin and Kongresshaus in Zürich.

Also in 2016, Daniel Stelter released the record Live in der Stadtkirche with acclaimed Gypsy Guitar and Latin Swing guitarist Lulo Reinhardt, which quickly made “Record of the month” in the German NDR Jazz Charts.

Stelter is also a permanent member of the Ringsgwandl band, with whom he tours regularly throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Daniel and Lulo Reinhardt toured North America in 2018.

Discography:

Homebrew Songs ‎(Herzog Records, 2009)
Krikel Krakel ‎(Herzog Records, 2010)
Live in der Stadtkirche (DMG, 2016)
Little Planets (Herzog, 2016)
Kind Of Spain (ACT, 2017)
Humming Songs ‎(DMG, 2017)

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Artist Profiles: Arty McGlynn

Arty McGlynn

Arty McGlynn, born in Omagh, County Tyrone, is one of the leading guitar players in Irelands. He starred playing guitar at the age of eleven, influenced by the great jazz guitar masters. By the age of fifteen, he was already playing professionally various genres of music. Near the end of the 1970s, Arty focused his interest on Irish traditional music and released his first solo album, McGlynn’s Fancy. It was the first album in which the guitar was played in an authentic traditional style. Eventually, it became a classic recording.

Arty therefater became one of the most in demand musicians in Ireland. He performed and recorded with Enya, Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny and Liam O’Flynn. He also played as a member of celebrated groups such as Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and The Van Morrison Band.

Arty recorded as a duo with fiddler Nollaig Casey. They released Lead the Knave (1990) and Causeway (1995).

Discography:

Lead The Knave (Ringsend Road Music Group, 1989)
McGlynn’s Fancy (1994)
Causeway ‎(Tara Records, 1995)

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Artist Profiles: Donal Clancy

Donal Clancy

Donal Clancy was born in Canada in 1975 and later moved to Ireland. He has been involved with the best bands in Irish music, starting out in Clancy, O’Connell, and Clancy with his father Liam and his cousin Robbie O’Connell, helping to found the band Danú and them moving on to become part of Eileen Ivers Band before taking a pivotal spot playing guitar with one of the hottest Irish and Irish American bands around, Solas. When it was time to make a change, he found his old band Danú in need of a guitar player again, and that’s still one of his main gigs.

Discography:

Close to Home (Compass, 2006)
Songs of a Roving Blade (2014)
On the Lonesome Plain (2018)

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Artist Profiles: Thakur Chakrapani Singh

Thakur Chakrapani Singh

Thakur Chakrapani Singh is an innovative guitarist from India. During his childhood he was introduced to a blend Sur and Taal as his family always invited musicians and distinguished artists which gave him chance to listen to vocalists and musicians of all hues.

Initially, he was by his mother and started learning ‘Dhrupad’ (an ancient music form of India which is also played on veena) from Pt. Vidur Mallick at his tender years. Later he developed his interest towards instrumental music and he chose the guitar as his favorite instrument. He learned from Ustad Maqbool Hussain and Pt.Jotin Bhattacharya and from Smt. Sharn Rani. His search for a guru (master musician and mentor) was not complete till he finally came under the tutelage of the renowned Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. His final training took shape under him.

Chakrapani’s unique style of guitar vadan highlights the strokes of sarod and the Da, Dir, Dir. He is the only guitar vadak to follow this style. Thakur Chakrapani has improved the tonal quality of his guitar by adding 26 more strings in “Tarab” “Chikari “creating a new look in his own modification to cover all the Indian classical musical aspects and its range making his vadan more melodious. Being taught by the sarod and dhrupad maestros, his recitals clearly show his genius of perception into the ethereal mysteries of tonal relationship and nuances in the context of the Raga.

His unique combination of Gayaki and Tantrakari style in guitar and his innovative skills have brought honors to him including The “Baba Allauddin Khan Smriti Samman” (the founder of famous Maihar Gharana. He is a gold medalist in M.A. Music and senior graded artist in the A.I.R and T.V.

He has widely performed throughout India, including Sangeet Natak academy Festivals and abroad.

Presently he is engaged in his established institution the ‘World School of Music’ on the basis of’ Guru-Shisya traditional culture. Besides, he remains busy with performances and workshops. www.classicalguitar-veena.com India Asia The Guitar of Thakur Chakrapani Singh which is his own modification is quite distinct and complete one. It has 32 strings besides Chikari and Tarab being used on both the sides in its whole, as if the tune or the melody of Veena, Sarod, Sitar, Sarangi, Vi

Discography:

Raag Nat Bhairav (Tach)
Divine Strings (Tach)
Soul Of Strings (T Series)
The Flavor of Strings

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The Córdoba Guitar Festival 2018 Opens Tomorrow

The Córdoba Guitar Festival in Spain will celebrate its 38th edition from July 4 to July 14, 2018. This year, the highlights include guitar geniuses like Pat Metheny, Mike Stern and Vicente Amigo.

There will also be performances by rock stars such as the American band Kiss, which will perform the Plaza de Toros de Córdoba on July 12, with the Spanish group Mago de Oz as opening act.

 

Vicente Amigo

 

Other relevant events include performances by Randy Brecker, Jorge Drexler, Miguel Poveda, Los Secretos, Serrat, Marcin Dylla and Joao Bosco, among others.

The educational part of the festival includes twelve courses and a masterclass.

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Artist Profiles: Vassilis Ketentzoglou

Vassilis Ketentzoglou

Greek composer, guitarist and musicologist Vassilis Ketentzoglou was born in 1979 in Athens and grew up in Rhodes island. He is formally a classical-trained classical guitarist and composer and holds a BMus from Royal Holloway, University of London, a MMus in Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music (London) and several other degrees of music from the Hellenic Conservatory, Athens. In parallel to his classical studies, Vassilis has always been interested in other types of music; mainly, traditional music from the Middle East and the Balkans, jazz, flamenco and Latin American.

Vassilis’ main instrument is the classical guitar (which he plays in his own “ethnic” way, incorporating sounds and techniques from the flamenco guitar and the ud) and a currently not-so-well-known “new” instrument, the fretless guitar. He plays various other Greek and Middle-Eastern string instruments as well and enjoys improvising very much.

His compositions encompass many different styles – from orchestral music to Greek and Spanish songs, and from microtonal Middle-Eastern melodies on various “exotic” odd-time signatures to ethnic jazz fusion pieces. His music has been awarded in various composition competitions in Greece. Apart from composing his own music, Vassilis enjoys re-arranging and re-harmonizing various traditional and folk Greek songs.

Currently, he works as a guitarist accompanying various well-known Greek singers in concerts.

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Masterful String Intensity by Kittel & Co.

Kittel & Co. – Whorls (Compass Records, 2018)

Whorls is the debut album of a superb string band led by fiddler Jeremy Kittel, who was a member of the renowned Turtle Island Quartet. The ensemble features 5 talented musicians who deliver an exquisite mix of American and Celtic roots music, jazz and classical music.

The majority of the tracks on Whorls are instrumental, showcasing the instrumentalists’ virtuosity, improvisatory skills and melodic creativity. Mesmerizing vocals are featured on two tracks, provided by Kittel and Sarah Jarosz, who adds spellbinding ethereal harmonies.

The lineup on Whorls includes Jeremy Kittel on violin, viola and vocals; Josh Pinkham on mandolin; Quinn Bachand on guitar; Nathaniel Smith on cello and organ; and Simon Chrisman on hammered-dulcimer. Guest: Sarah Jarosz on vocals.

Whorls is a masterfully-crafted with stellar violin, cello, mandolin, guitar and hammered dulcimer performances.

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Cordoba Guitar Festival Announces 2018 Courses and Master Classes

Acclaimed international guitar event Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will offer twelve courses and two master classes in 2018.

The festival includes concerts by some of the world’s finest guitarists, such as Vicente Amigo and Pat Metheny. Additionally, the festival regularly features workshops and master classes I the areas of flamenco, classical music and jazz.

Classical guitar

Prestigious Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer returns to Córdoba to teach a classical guitar course on styles and articulation. It will be on July 6 and 7.

During July 6-8, the festival welcomes Polish renowned musician Marcin Dylla, who will work with his students on different and effective techniques to improve the interpretation.

Manuel Barrueco will offer an interpretation course on July 9 and 10; while David Russell will teach his technical workshop on July 10 and 11.

Paraguayan Berta Rojas will lead the final classical guitar educational program on July 12 and 13 with a course on the work of Barrios and Lauro, the classical guitar in Latin American music.

Flamenco guitar

The flamenco guitar is the other great pillar of the training program. On this occasion, four of the most prestigious masters of the national and international scene will assemble in Cordoba. The series begins with Juan Manuel Cañizares, who will teach a workshop of flamenco guitar technical exercises to develop improvisation from July 5 to 7.

Maestro José Antonio Rodríguez will lead a course July 8-10 dedicated to the flamenco concert guitar.

Meanwhile, Paco Jarana will conduct a workshop July 8-9 dedicated to flamenco guitar accompaniment.

Legendary guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar will present his traditional flamenco guitar course which he has called “Architecture and pillars of flamenco.”

Flamenco Dance

Each year, the Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba reserves a section of its formative program to flamenco dancing. On this occasion, the instructors will be María Pagés, Eva Yerbabuena and Javier Latorre, who will teach their classes at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

Master classes

Finally, the 38th Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba will host two master classes. The first will feature jazz guitarist Mike Stern as the protagonist and will be held on July 9 at the Teatro de la Axerquía.

The second master class will take place on July 13 at the Góngora Theater, led by prestigious Brazilian guitarist João Bosco. Attendance at these master classes includes free admission to their respective concerts.

More information about the concerts, workshops, and discounts for students at www.guitarracordoba.es

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Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins, Two Exceptional Guitarists from Brazil

Daniel Santiago & Pedro Martins – Simbiose (Adventure Music, 2018)

Simbiose is an exquisite guitar album by two of Brazil’s finest guitarists: Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins. It’s a delightful set of interactions between acoustic and electric guitars with the addition of mesmerizing wordless vocals.

Most of the compositions are by Daniel Santiago except for one, where Pedro Martins takes the lead. The captivating music contains contemporary acoustic, jazz, classical and Brazilian traditional music elements.

Daniel and Pedro are friends, who grew up Brasilia. Daniel Santiago plays the acoustic guitar and Pedro Martins is on electric guitar. Both musicians provide vocals as well.

Simbiose is a masterfully constructed album filled with emotion and virtuosity.

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State of the Art Guitars and Happy Times for Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola – Opus (earMUSIC, 2018)

Although Al Di Meola became famous as an outstanding and pioneering jazz-rock fusion guitarist, he’s demonstrated throughout the years that his music goes much further, crossing numerous musical boundaries. Opus is a very special album. Here, Al Di Meola showcases his talent as a musician and composer in various ways.

Musically, Al Di Meola treats the listener to an exquisite set of original shape-shifting pieces where you’ll find jazz, fusion, classical, Italian music, flamenco and Argentine musical influences.
More impressive is the fact that Al Di Meola plays practically every instrument on the album. In addition to guitars, he also plays percussion, keyboards and bass and does a great job indeed. In a handful of tracks, Al Di Meola has guest musicians on piano, keyboards and drums.

The recording of the guitars is pure delight. On every track you’ll hear a mix of guitars all played by Al Di Meola. The mixing lets you enjoy guitars on different channels, delivering masterful interplay. In addition, he adds soft ambient electric guitar effects that coat lightly the acoustic guitar sounds.

Al Di Meola uses his favorite Conde Hermanos acoustic nylon guitar throughout the album along with his trademark spectacular electric guitar solos. Conde Hermanos make some of the best guitars in the world and they sound splendid in Al Di Meola’s hands.

With Opus, I wanted to further my compositional skills as I think that the evolution of this part of my persona has labelled me more composer-guitarist than guitarist-composer”, articulates Di Meola. “For the first time in my life, I have written music being happy, I’m in a wonderful relationship with my wife, I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspires me every day. I believe it shows in the music.”

 

 

Opus features Al Di Meola on guitars, cajon, snare, toms, drums, bass, electric effects; Kemuel Roig on acoustic piano; Dario Eskenazi on keyboards; Richie Morales on drums; and Rhani Krija on percussion.

Opus is a magnificently-crafted, genre defying album by one of the finest guitarists in the world, Al Di Meola.

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