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Album 1: Far From Home
My most recent original music project has been my album of jazz compositions titled Far From Home. My goal has been to write music that has its own personality and voice but uses the conventions of older style jazz "standards". This music represents my first large composition project, and it is my hope that listeners will find my music to be relaxing, fun, and relatable .
The following recordings are of my original jazz compositions written during 2014, recorded in October and January by Kevin Bowe at the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) in Minneapolis with myself on guitars and vocals, Graydon Peterson on bass, and mixed and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording in Minneapolis. Photography for all my albums was taken by Robert Wagner. This album is heavily influenced by solo jazz guitarists like Joe Pass, Martin Taylor, and Lenny Breau. As a result of those influences, this album is a mix of solo guitar, guitar duets (inspired by Joe Pass and Herb Ellis duets), and guitar and bass duets (inspired by Joe Pass and NHOP duets and Lenny Breau and Dave Young duets).
Check out the following interview done by Phil Nusbaum of myself on Minnesota Public Radio's Jazz 88.5 KBEM Twin Cities Weekend series about my albums:
IF YOU LIKE MY MUSIC AND WANT TO DONATE: What is most important to me is that my music is listened to and heard. What would be most helpful to me as an artist is if you could please share my music with at least one friend who you think may enjoy my content. If you want to download any of my albums for free, please do, and if you feel so inclined to donate for "Far From Home" or "Chitarra" sonata, you're donations are welcome and appreciated and you may do so through the band camp links on this page that are below each album title and description.
CD RELEASE GIG: My album was released April 25th 2015 at Steve Kenny's Saturday Night Jazz Series at the Black Dog in Lowertown St. Paul MN.
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ALBUM 2: CHITARRA SONATA
In February of 2015 I auditioned at several graduate schools for their masters in classical guitar performance programs. In March I recorded my favorite pieces from my audition material for my first classical guitar CD titled "Chitarra Sonata". Chitarra Sonata features pieces from the classical, modern, and baroque eras, including my arrangement for guitar of Bach's third sonata in C major for solo violin, BWV 1005.
Chitarra Sonata was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording in Minneapolis. I use a nylon acoustic guitar made by local luthier Stephen Kakos for this recording. Tracks 8 and 9 are live recordings from my undergraduate senior recital at the University of St. Thomas (recorded/mixed/mastered by myself).
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Album 3: Iron Chops Live at Jazz Central Studios
Below are recordings from the first performance of my band "Iron Chops". Sometimes my group also goes under the name Strange Ear Riddle depending on the line up and content. This concert was performed and recorded at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis Minnesota on February 16th 2015. While there is not a set line up for the group, the following recordings feature musicians from the Twin Cities area that I enjoy working with and consider my "first call" for any gigs. I attempt to blend multiple styles in my band, particularly flamenco, country, classical, and jazz.
Guitar: Jon Wood
Saxaphone: Dave Brattain
Piano: Javier Santiago
Bass: Greydon Peterson
Drums: Mac Santiago
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Album 4: Dirty
Below is my fourth recording. The digital downloads were released in January of 2018. At the end of spring 2017 I graduated with a masters degree in classical guitar performance from Illinois State University (ISU). As part of my masters degree I got to perform a recital during my last semester. The recordings below are from my recital in April of 2017 and feature music that I had worked on as a graduate student. My focus in preparation for this recital was on performing significant compositions from each major era of the classical genre: renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, and the 20th century. What I enjoy about this CD is that I captured a sense of rhythmic motion and sometimes even a danceable quality to each piece. My goal was not to hit every note accurately but instead to move the listeners body in the way that dance music does. In classical guitar playing without missing a note, regardless of musical expression, is labeled as playing "clean." This album is called dirty.
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Examples of Other Compositional Styles: