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Dave Wodnicki

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Acoustic, Melody-Driven Content

Combining a love of acoustic fingerstyle music, melody-driven content and influences including Leo Kottke, Gordon Lightfoot, Chet Atkins, Doc Watson and James Taylor, Guitarioso serves as Michigan guitarist Dave Wodnicki opening musical statement in the easy listening genre. Wodnicki has the skill and technical ability to keep even simple songs interesting, adding his flourishes and melodic touches where appropriate. He's included nine of his own compositions here, which offer some of the finest moments, along with original arrangements of "My Favorite Things", "Be Thou My Vision" and "Shenandoah". Guitarioso is a good choice for acoustic fingerstyle lovers seeking an easy, yet passionate, listen.

alb Dave grew up in Canada, and originally took accordion lessons, but was drawn to the guitar by listening to an uncle play in the style of Chet Atkins and Lenny Breau. He then acquired a guitar of his own, consuming much of his life learning to play on both electric and acoustic guitars. Dave gradually found himself playing fingerstyle, feeling it coming very naturally to him, learning to play the melody against a bass line with both precision and continuity. After finishing Guitarioso, Dave began working on material for two more CD projects, and hopes to continue to play guitar live and share his music whenever and wherever he can.

Wodnicki is also one of the founding board members of the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society and is very active in their promotions and charitable events. The Society brings some of the world's very finest acoustic guitarists to Michigan for concerts and workshops.

Contact Information
Dave Wodnicki
PO Box 325
Clarkston, MI 48347-0325
United States

E-mail: Dave Wodnicki
Web site: www.davewodnicki.com

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Roar Vangen

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Incredible Acoustic Guitarist

Roar Vangen is a simply amazing player from Norway, who incorporates Norwegian folk music (and music from other parts of the world) into his original compositions on his new CD, Streng. Comparisons to players such as Adrian Legg and Knut Reiersrud could be made, but Vangen's style is altogether unique, and his compositional approach also sets him apart. He further orchestrates his work using players such as Brazilian percussionist Celio De Carvallho, Norwegian flute player Finn Evensen and fiddle player Magne Askeland. Vangen uses an unusual tuning (CGCGCE), and combines a Roland VG-88 with his acoustic guitar for a bigger sound. It's not hard to hear Vangen's 40 years of experience taking root in the music of Streng, a must-hear for anyone who enjoys acoustic music with multi-ethnic influences.

pic "There are only two guitar players in Norway who are able to play like this: Knut Reiersrud and Roar Vangen." This is what the famous Norwegian professor of keyboard Bjorn Ole Rasch uttered when he first heard Roar play. With Streng, Roar's desire was to show that it's possible to make new, exciting and immediate instrumental music, inspired by Norwegian folk music. His sound is inspired by the Norwegian "hardanger fiddle" (which has drone strings) and the Norwegian "langeleik", which is similar to a dulcimer.

There is a long and multifaceted history behind Vangen's new CD, which is based on many years of experience with various musical genres. By combining elements from these genres and folk music from many parts of the world, he has created his very own musical expression!

Contact Information
Roar Vangen
Vallerudåsen 106
1476 Rasta
Norway

E-mail: Roar Vangen
Web site: www.roarvangen.com

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