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George Kovac

Displaying Jacked-Up Intensity

Take a skater/skier/diver with a fondness for high-energy, extreme sports-style music and put him into a studio with a guitar and you might get a CD similar to Leashed Chaos. New York's George Kovac serves up nine instrumental tracks which alternate between a display of jacked-up intensity ("Spider Bite", "Funky Fingers") and moments of dense, gut-wrenching, fluid guitar work ("Midnight Breeze", "Delicate Savage"). Featuring Kovac's crunchy six-string work, he handles all the remaining instrumentation himself - a a self-described "single man path". Fans of shred and hard rock guitar playing will warm up to Leashed Chaos immediately. The 1998 release is Kovac's third, following 1996's "The Rock" and 1997's "The Mellow". George Kovac was originally profiled in the August-September, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb George started playing at the age of 6, started his first band at 13, and was playing in numerous punk-rock and pop bands at 16. In his twenties, he joined jazz/funky bands to get more into the music. George later founded a small company to build guitar pedals and amps. He moved to the United States a few years ago and eventually established his own production studio, which occupies a great deal of his time. George also builds his own amps and creates his own MIDI editors.

Kovac is currently working on his fourth piece of music - a dynamic funky/jazz/guitar-gizmo-chaos-thing. Stay tuned.

Contact Information
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PO Box 2038
New York, NY 10021
United States

E-mail: George Kovac
Web site: www.georgekovac.com

Tom Wolfe

Jazz Instructor Leads By Example

Being the director of jazz studies at the University of Alabama and a jazz performer might be enough for some musicians, but Tom Wolfe had a bigger dream. After years of teaching his students to 'let go' and to develop their own musical personalities, he realized to actualize his own vision would require a project of original music. Receiving an Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts resulted in Simple Peace sixty-five minutes of dynamic, highly varied jazz, flavored with rock, and featuring top musicians. Wolfe is not afraid of tonal variety - he can go from Metheny-like cleanliness to overdriven fury to warm, resonant acoustic in a measure. A perfect example off of Simple Peace would be "Appalachia", which alone demonstrates Wolfe's guitaristic gifts and mature, yet ambitious, compositional style. His CD is highly recommended for jazz and fusion fans. Tom Wolfe was originally profiled in the August-September, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Performing professionally since the age of 17, Tom has had myriad experiences. From performing at theme parks while still in high school, performing as a sideman for Bob Hope at age 19, to touring Africa as a Jazz Ambassador, he has been involved in music at a very sophisticated level. Accustomed to the world of academia, Tom performs concerts and offers masterclasses for both high school and college level students. He is a core musician for the W.C. Handy Music Festival is addition to being on the faculty for the W.C. Handy Jazz Camp. Tom has performed as a sideman on several CDs, including Ken and Harry Watter's "Brothers II" and Louisiana Jazz 5's "Close To Home" and "Bayou Gypsy".

Wolfe continues to play live in support of Simple Peace, and in the jazz tradition, continues to improvise and interact with musicians to allow the music to constantly reflect the creative process of the moment.

Contact Information
Tom Wolfe
3507 48th Place East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
United States

E-mail: Tom Wolfe
Web site: bama.ua.edu/~twolfe/wolfebio.htm

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