Solo Fingerstyle Guitarist Taps Into Her Talent
The title of Jaquie Gipson's new CD, Just Guitar, accurately describes the music on the album, since all but two tracks feature two hands and one acoustic guitar and were recorded without the aid of technical magic. In fact, all the tracks on Just Guitar were performed live and solo in the studio, clearly reflecting Gipson's technical excellence and preparation for recording. The album contains everything from traditional fingerstyle songs ("The Last Days Of Summer", "Going Down In Lilac Time") to modern, rhythmic double tapping ("Acoustic Cantor", "No Parking"). Each of the fifteen original compositions on Just Guitar carry Gipson's individual musical stamp. Gipson was originally profiled in the February-March, 1998 edition of The Undiscovered.
Jaquie began playing the guitar at the age of 14 and has never looked back. With a degree in music as her foundation and a bevy of influences including Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke and other fingerstyle guitarists, Jaquie has forged her own unique style. Her musical forays range from traditional acoustic fingerstyle music to a modern two-hands-on-the-neck approach to her original arrangements. Jaquie sometimes plays the strings as though they were the keys on a piano, combined with percussive rhythms drummed out on various parts of the guitar body.
With the release of Just Guitar, Gipson is realizing her goal to actively stretch the boundaries of the guitar, in a continuous search to find fresh and new ways to express herself on the instrument.
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Trinidad, CO 81082
Instrumental Guitarist Stresses Music Over Flash
Edward DeGenaro is a fusion guitarist from Seattle who describes his music as 'bebop metal guitar.' The eleven tracks on his demo CD-R reflect a strong electric fusion influence, highlighted by the soaring, overdriven guitar sound DeGenaro uses to provide the 'metal' in the music. DeGenaro is a highly skilled, technical guitar player in the vein of Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale, drenching his tracks with impressively fluid guitar solos ("The House..." and "So What", among others). He has started his own band and production company, Nude Guitars--nude referring not to flesh, but symbolizing a stripped down approach to fusing bebop with metal. DeGenaro was originally profiled in the February-March, 1998 edition of The Undiscovered.
Edward was born and raised in Germany. At age 6 he began studying cello, and at age 12 moved to the guitar when he saw Ritchie Blackmore on a television program. Edward attended the German National Conservatory of Music in Nuernberg. After graduating with a degree in Performance and Teaching, he toured
Europe working as a "hired gun" guitarist and session player developing his unique talent for fusing multiple musical styles into the "Nude Guitars" sound. Edward's influences are many and include greats such as Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, Jaco Pastorius and Mike Stern.
In the future, DeGenaro has set a goal for himself to release a guitar-oriented CD that also spotlights all the other instruments, mixing hot guitar with a kickin' rhythm section. He hopes to entertain and inspire other guitarists and musicians to do their own thing as well.
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Seattle, WA 98106