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Jernej Zoran

Slovenia's Instrumental Rock Future

Mowers Of August is Slovenian guitarist Jernej Zoran's demo CD-R, filled with instrumental rock visions and serving as a great introduction to this talented European. He plays a Fender Stratocaster left-handed, and employs a number of effects and tones to give his music a nice dynamic. A track such as "Adrenalin In My Blood" will use a host of tones to set moods from introspective to outgoing. The opening track, "The Spiral" starts out soft and, like a good movie soundtrack piece, builds energy with aggressive guitar work before returning to the opening motif. "The Parachutist" is an exercise in funk, as the guitarist spews super-tough blues riffs all over the track with effortless flair. Zoran handles all the bass and drum programming on the demo as well - here we have an exciting and versatile guitar player who is dedicated to the instrumental form. Jernej Zoran was originally profiled in the December-January, 2001 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Jernej is 28 years old and has been playing the guitar for fourteen years. Taught a few chords by his brother, seeing the U2 film "Rattle And Hum" prompted him to get serious about the guitar. His first band was called Minister Gregor, which lasted until 1991. Jernej has been heavily influenced by the playing styles of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan - not to mention Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd. After a short stint with the commercially-oriented band Kaja (1991-1992) he joined a local band called Madzars. Later, a reformed Minister Gregor was renamed the Jernej Zoran Trio. The same year Jernej joined a rockabilly line-up from Ljubljana called Lucky Cupids. From 1998 to 1999 he was also a member of Tunke, the band from the Posavje region.

Zoran continues to work with the Jernej Zoran Trio, an instrumental outfit that serves as his primary vehicle of musical self-expression. He is currently seeking a publisher for his original music.

Contact Information
Jernej Zoran
Kuzarjev Kal 21
8000 Novo Mesto

E-mail: Jernej Zoran
Web site: www.geocities.com/jz3o

Jason Dennie

Just Enough Brilliant Fingerstyle

Just Enough is Michigan fingerstylist Jason Dennie's solo acoustic CD for 2000, which features some excellent fretboard moments, as well as special guests, such as Sam Bush on mandolin, Dave Pomeroy on fretless bass and Tom Roady on percussion. 250 radio stations can't be wrong - that's how many have found Dennie's music compelling enough for airplay. Each cut on Just Enough is a magical vision of time, place and space, impeccably recorded, and featuring brilliant musicianship. Standouts like "Runaway Horse", "Highland Dreams" and "An Irish Wake (Part 1)" are impressive, vibrant compositions that draw the listener in for more, still more of Dennie's infectious style. Run, don't walk for your copy of this great work of art. Jason Dennie was originally profiled in the February-March, 2002 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Jason grew up in a family that was heavily connected to the world of bluegrass music. His grandfather often sang with the father of bluegrass, the late Bill Monroe. Despite such exposure at an early age, Jason didn't pick up an instrument until after graduating high school in 1989. Within two years, this self-taught instrumentalist was performing original material as a solo acoustic guitarist. Jason's remarkable style incorporates the elements of folk, blues, bluegrass and celtic music with very contemporary, syncopated, heavily percussive techniques. Jason has since shared the stage with everyone from singer/songwriters Arlo Guthrie, David Wilcox, and Keb' Mo', to Jazz artists Spryo Gyra and Medeski, Martin, & Wood... Bluegrass greats Sam Bush and Tim O'Brien, and other fingerstyle guitarists Pierre Bensusan, Chris Proctor, and Adrian Legg.

In 2000 Jason won the Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in St. Augustine, FL, and in 1999 won his third consecutive Cammy Award for Best Folk Instrumentalist.

Contact Information
Wooden Pops Music
505 N. 4th Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
United States

E-mail: Jason Dennie
Web site: www.jasondennie.com

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