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Andreas Kapsalis

Andreas Kapsalis is a Greek-American guitarist and composer born in the suburbs of Chicago. His first exposure to music was through his mother, Frances, a student of opera, and his father, Peter, a violinist. Andreas began teaching himself guitar at the age of 11, reading and writing music as well as music theory. At the age of 18 he suffered a hand injury; during his recovery period, he began developing his 10-finger tapping techniques. Under the tutelage of composer and producer Jim Tullio, a student of Aaron Copland, he refined his compositional approach on the guitar using these techniques. Tullio produced Andreas’ first EP with Andreas’ arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s composition “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” which garnered attention from the composer himself, who said, “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.”

Andreas began performing nationally with the Andreas Kapsalis Trio and recorded two discs featuring his compositions. While performing in LA he was invited to apply for the Sundance Composers Labs. He was awarded the fellowship, an honor awarded to only six composers a year. This was his initiation into film composing. At the end of the Sundance Composers Lab, Andreas was invited by the directors to complete a score for their documentary film “Black Gold” among the documentaries selected for the January premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Founder of the Sundance Institute and Festival, Robert Redford, noted this was the first time in Sundance Institute history that documentary fellows and a composer fellow had an “official selection” at the Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, he composed scores for several documentary and feature films such as “Pig Business” and “Mulberry Street” to name a few. He also has been commissioned by Northwestern University and Notre Dame to compose music for their silent film festivals as well. Following this, Andreas performed and recorded several discs with Polish singer/contra bassist Megitza and the AKGI duo.

He has been performing internationally, solo and in various ensembles, for festivals and concert series in North America, Europe, and Asia, such as Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India, the Canadian Guitar Festival and the Guitar Festival in the Philippines. In addition, concerts have taken place in Germany, Austria, Poland, and Slovakia. More recently Andreas was invited to Armenia to participate in “Sounds of Peace,” a musical exchange featuring 60 artists from 10 different countries. Along with his years of experience as a touring musician he has also enjoyed teaching guitar, conducting masterclasses as well as private instruction in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Andreas has most recently embarked on the next chapter of his career, completing his first solo album “Anastasi,” which features original compositions written for ten finger-style guitar. He is currently touring extensively throughout the US and Europe to promote his latest release. In the fall of 2015 he recorded a live CD in his home town of Chicago. The LP titled “Andreas Kapsalis Live at The Old Town School of Folk Music” is due to release in 2016. Andreas continues to be inspired and is eager to share the beauty of music and how it can enrich one’s life.

http://www.akguitar.com/index.html

Jacob Acosta

Jacob Acosta

Jacob Acosta

 

BIO

Jacob Acosta is a national artist who has lived in Tucson, AZ for over 8 years. He has worked with legendary producer, John Vanderslice, been featured on NPR, played dozens of festivals across the U.S., and has released 9 records since 2008. His newest music and coming release, ‘Desert Sounds’ (early 2017), is about Arizonan culture and the Southwest. “It’s time to talk about the history, ecology, and culture of this place I love. It’s time for a record about home.”-Jacob Acosta

PRESS

“Bottom line is he makes it all look too easy.”-Joseph Crowder, Vents Magazine

“He represents all that is magical, real and good in music…”- Michael Keith, Rock and Roll Review

Jacob Acosta

Jacob Acosta

jacobacostamusic.com

 

Joe Kaplow

Joe Kaplow

Joe Kaplow

 

Joe Kaplow, an  indie/folk/blues performer  from Santa Cruz, CA.  High-energy and captivating,  alternating between acoustic, electric guitar and banjo, finger picking, slide and strumming, and  a stomp box, which adds a whole other layer of percussion, intensity, and dance-ability to the  show.
Independent Clauses said, “It’s a rare artist who can make memorable tunes in diverse idioms, and that bodes well for Joe Kaplow. I can’t wait to see how his next releases develop. Highly recommended.”   Adobe and Teardrops said, “Joe Kaplow’s debut EP is a propulsive force.”

Frizzy and Edgy

Frizzy and Edgy

Frizzy and Edgy

 

Sally Stricker and Steve Botterweg were long time members of AZ band Major Lingo, as bass player and drummer (Steve still plays drums with Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe). Together they are Frizzy & Edgy (on bass and guitar), performing cover tunes from different eras and styles, ranging from old style country, oldies, and Americana to Alt Rock and British rock

 

 

Edgy and Frizzy

Edgy and Frizzy

Edgy and Frizzy

 

 

Sally Stricker and Steve Botterweg were long time members of AZ band Major Lingo, as bass player and drummer (Steve still plays drums with Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe). Together they are Frizzy & Edgy (on bass and guitar), performing cover tunes from different eras and styles, ranging from old style country, oldies, and Americana to Alt Rock and British rock

 

 

Buckley

Buckley

 Inspired by the boundless sky hanging over the desert on his night time drives during a recent tour in the Southwest,  his sonic brush is a little heavier and the mood a little darker this go-around.

After fronting the critically acclaimed alt-country band, Gilded Spilters, Buckley moved from Boston to Austin in 2011. Ranging from ruff to raw to rueful, Buckleys sound caught ears and landed him residencies at the White Horse, Blackheart, Hotel Vegas, and Hole in the wall, gigs at Nashvilles famed Bluebird Cafe, and airplay from KUT to the UK.

Now at the crossroads again, with 5 years in Austin behind him, and a little of that black star twilight in his pocket, Buckley is making his way West….

 

 

Stephen Ashbrook

Stephen Ashbrook

Stephen Ashbrook

 

 

Stephen Ashbrook (born January 10, 1971 in Newport Beach, California) is a Portland-based singer songwriter. Ashbrook rose to fame in the mid-1990s in his home state of Arizona, riding the wave of the Tempe music scene while performing with his band Satellite. Many bands, including the Gin BlossomsThe Refreshments and Dead Hot Workshop, found success with this guitar-driven rock music. Ashbrook has toured with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, among others.
West Coast singer/songwriter Stephen Ashbrook had access to only two records growing up (Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water and Jesus Christ Superstar), both of which were enticing enough to send the California native on a hunt to his local library to expand his musical horizons.

Citing heroes as diverse as John Steinbeck, the Rolling Stones, and Winston Churchill, Ashbrook honed his chops amidst the fertile late-’90s Tempe, Arizona alt-rock scene, where he took home The Phoenix Tribune’s Best Acoustic Performer title in both 1998 and 2000; he even got to play for President William Jefferson Clinton, at the request of the White House.

Known for his rich baritone, smooth falsetto, and penchant for open-road heartland folk-rock in the vein of Tom Petty, the Wallflowers, and Joe Henry, he released an EP, About Last Night, in 1993, followed by a full-length eponymous studio album with his band Satellite in 1995.

His solo debut, the critically acclaimed Navigator, arrived in 1998, with Drive and American B-Sides, the latter of which featured members of the Gin Blossoms, the Pistoleros, and Dead Hot Workshop, arriving in 2001 and 2002, respectively.

www.stephenashbrook.com

Darius Lux Trio

Darius Lux

Darius Lux

When singer/songwriter Darius Lux left the confines of New York City to travel the globe for a year, he didn’t fully comprehend the life changing pilgrimage he was about to embark upon.

A multi-instrumentalist, a producer, and a performer came back as a free-thinker, a philosopher, and an inspirational lyricist. Combining his appreciation of 60s songwriting, 70s soul, 80s pop and 90s hip-hop into a current mix of soulful, rock-edged pop tunes, Darius Lux found his voice on his debut record “Arise”. He now takes us and his band to the streets of LA for his new EP, “Time is Now.”

Darius’ music is a statement describing how we can take control of our lives. “For each one of us, life can be full of different fears, but we have to remember that fear is a choice. When we decide we don’t want fear and we have chosen to believe in ourselves instead, we find that we begin to receive the things in life we’ve hoped for.”

Darius is currently gigging in Southern California with his band and living his life against the grain – with every spirited note he plays; he urges us to do the same. Take part of Darius’ voyage atwww.DariusLux.com