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Don Alder

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Naughty, Wicked Fingerstyle

Canada's Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret", fingering up some of the nastiest, naughty, wicked and wild fingerstyle acoustic guitar music you'll hear. His CD, The Best Of Don Alder, is loaded up with powerful, unpredictable acoustic instrumentals, which back up his well deserved reputation. Shimmering, propulsive playing is tempered by a keenly honed melodic sense, giving his music an appeal to groups beyond the technical fanatics. Regularly performing with the Duvateens, a Vancouver-area R&B/funk band, and as a solo acoustic artist, Alder will probably attract a lot more attention to his live gigs with this CD. Highly recommended.

alb An accomplished live performer, Don has toured in B.C. with blues, folk, pop, funk and country artists over the last 23 years. He has also worked as a professional studio musician and sound engineer. As a composer, Don has created original commissioned works for television, radio, theatre, albums, feature films, documentaries and videos. He was a member of the team that went around the world with Rick Hansen in the late 1980s on his Man In Motion Tour, which led Don to volunteer work with the Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS). As a member of the VAMS performance band, Spinal Chord, Don helped break new ground in shaping perceptions, produced a CD and video and made numerous live and television appearances to promote and support music by the disabled.

Don has recently done master class work with some of the best acoustic fingerstyle artists in the world, including Don Ross and Peppino D'Agostino, Stephen King and Alex De Grassi. In September 2002, Don competed in the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

Contact Information
Don Alder
1808 Whyte Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6J 1B2
Canada

E-mail: Don Alder
Web site: www.donalder.com

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Jim Horne

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Welcome To The Other Side

Practicing his own brand of extreme seven-string guitar, Pennsylvania guitarist Jim Horne has released Zero Tolerance, an all-instrumental shred/metal/rock EP-length CD. Taking dissonance to the next level, Horne revved up his drum machine, and double and triple-tracked his seven-string Ibanez axe, blending speed and slow melodic phrasing over the albums six cuts. A showcase for improvisational moments, Zero Tolerance challenges the listener with sharp, jagged guitar lines teetering on the edge of disharmony ("Destination", "Zero Tolerance"), then brings it back into focus with sinuously dense riffs and fiendishly meshed guitar solos ("Ballad Type Thing"). Counting influences such as Vinnie Moore, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Jason Becker and Richie Kotzen, Horne hopes to make some noise before launching his next project squarely at the shred guitar community.

pic Jim was born on November 13th in Pennsylvania - where he still resides. At an early age, Jim was drawn to music. However, he never considered playing an instrument, until he derived inspiration while listening to Eddie Van Halen. Jim was completely taken by the tones - and I guess you could say that is when the guitar bug bit him. At the age of 9, Jim began to play the guitar. Initially taking guitar lessons, by the age of 14 he became frustrated with the lack of music theory taught by local guitar teachers. Jim continued studying on his own. While attending high school he had an opportunity to take some courses in music theory. Those courses expanded not only his knowledge of music in general, but gave him a deeper insight into his guitar playing.

Horne is currently focusing all his time on being a musician. He is working on his second CD, which will be an all out shred-fest entitled "Panic Attack" to be completed in 2006.

Contact Information
Jim Horne
162-A 5th Street
Ranshaw, PA 17866
United States

E-mail: Jim Horne
Web site: www.jim-horne.com

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