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Paul Bourgelais

Jazz Guitarist Releases Remarkable CD

A professor of jazz at Plymouth State College, and guitarist, leader, and principle composer for the Paul Bourgelais Jazz Trio, Paul Bourgelais is an extremely talented musician who pours his emotion and considerable technique into the music on John's Vacation. Featuring eleven tunes reminiscent of Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie, the CD has a laid-back, flowing mood, a number of expressive guitar and bass solos (John Hunter), and the dead-on drumming and percussion of Tim Gilmore. Highlights on the album include "New Tango", with its engaging samba feel, "John's Vacation", "July 12, 1997", and "Double Aught", with its lyrical and swinging solo conception. At least nine of the eleven cuts are real gems, while several confront and challenge the listener's concepts of harmony (nothing wrong with that). Fans of jazz fusion who want to pick up a CD which can introduce them to more of what jazz is all about are urged to check out John's Vacation for a chance to surround themselves with the real deal. Paul Bourgelais was originally profiled in the April-May, 2002 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Paul has been involved with music for a long time and has a resume the size of a phone book. He has taught at a number of schools (including the University of New Hampshire and Notre Dame College), and currently maintains a performance and touring schedule of 150-200 dates a year. Paul gives biweekly classical guitar recitals at the Currier Gallery of Art in New Hampshire, featuring selections by Bach, Villa Lobos, Tarraga, Sor and Dowland, among others. He has been a member of the orchestra in many stage and theatre presentations, including Godspell, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Man Of La Mancha, Chicago, Sound Of Music and Bye Bye Birdie. Paul has published two beginning guitar methods ("Guitar One" and "Guitar Two") and has presented several workshops on public school guitar education.

Bourgelais has a new CD of original jazz to be released in the summer of 2002, and plans to continue to develop as a guitar teacher at New Hampshire's Plymouth State College. He also hopes to put together his own private recording studio.

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Paul Bourgelais
50 Sunrise Circle
Plymouth, NH 03264
United States

E-mail: Paul Bourgelais

Michael Berk

Percussive Acoustic Guitarist Plans Career

London fingerstyle guitarist Michael Berk has already been compared to the the likes of Michael Hedges, Adrian Legg and Preston Reed, and the intricate compositions on his debut CD Organized Chaos certainly invite comparisons with these masters. The CD itself was self-financed and recorded in the summer of 2001. Advancing a percussive style on a steel-strung acoustic, album cuts such as "All Enquiries" and the title track leap from the speakers, displaying technical mastery, a robust, commanding acoustic guitar tone and a passion for the sensitive side of guitar playing. The unpredictability of his compositions is also a strength - the music keeps your attention and offers a sense of fullness of expression. Some of the quotes about his performances include The 12 Bar Club's statement, "Michael performs a storming set of guitar virtuosity, exploiting the guitar as a percussive instrument," and Up All Nights comment, "Not for the faint of heart." Berk is an acoustic guitarist on the rise. Michael Berk was originally profiled in the April-May, 2002 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Michael began playing music about nine years ago, at the age of twelve. He started playing in bands almost right away, but only over the past two years has he begun to perform solo guitar at bars, clubs, festivals and open mic nights in and around London. Michael is looking to advance to larger venues, such as concert halls, theaters and art centers, and to that end, focuses on defining and enhancing his own original style on the acoustic guitar.

Berk's ambition is to make a career from performing and recording his own music, and he is looking for anyone that can move him closer to achieving his goal, including record companies, booking agents and management.

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Michael Berk
9 Sheldon Ave.
N6 4JS

E-mail: Michael Berk

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