The other day I toppled onto the music of Neil Jacobs, a 12-string guitarist whose style I would best describe as a cross between John McLaughlin and Leo Kottke. I especially like his use of Balkan and Gypsy music. Check it out:
After listening to Pino Forastiere’s latest album From 1 to 8, and being blown away by his amazing technique and beautiful compositions, I became intrigued by his intentions behind writing the etudes that make up the album. So naturally, I asked: Could you talk about From 1 to 8 and how it came about? Are [...]
Usman Riaz is a Pakistani multi-instrumentalist and composer who also happens to play a pretty mean acoustic guitar. He just released his first full-length album Circus in the Sky, a seemingly ambitious record which I’m anxiously waiting to listen to.
Originally known for playing spanish guitar, Kelly Valleau recently switched to steel-string for his new album “Vol. 2.” I asked Kelly about the switch as well as his teaching site String Training. Tell us about you new album. What led you to play steel-string guitar this time around? I moved over to steel-string because the [...]
Over the last few years, Maneli Jamal has been making quite a name for himself, mostly thanks to his powerfully evocative music which is a reflection of his life. For his upcoming album The Lamaj Movement, he’s focusing on the story of his family and all the struggles and experiences thy’ve lived through.
When you first see Trevor Gordon Hall playing his kalimbatar, the idea might seem strange, perhaps even a little crazy. But it all makes sense once you listen to the wonderful music he creates with it. Trevor shares with us how the idea to stick a kalimba on a guitar came about, and drops some philosophy along the way…