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Alien Mike E.T.

Mind-Numbing Guitar Playing

Take Sabbath, Zeppelin, Nirvana, Yes, Beethoven, Beatles, Steve Vai, King Crimson and Cheap Trick, throw them into a blender with some strawberries and tequila and you'll begin to understand the instrumental mayhem and confrontational antics that assault the listener's psyche on Alien Mike E.T.'s CD-R release The Furious Guitar. The original demos for the album were featured in the Mike Varney "Spotlight" column in a 1991 issue of Guitar Player, so you know you can expect guitar heaviness, an in-your-face sound, and dense, fluid guitar solos. The instrumentals are peppered with voiceovers, samples, burps and other sonic naughtiness, enough to warrant his own explicit lyrics sticker - but the focus is on serving up the guitar in as many ways as possible to entertain a world that frankly needs more guitar. Hats off Captain Freak! Alien Mike E.T. was originally profiled in the October-November, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Michael Trapp (a.k.a. Mike E.T., a.k.a. Captain Freak) has been kicking around the music scene for years. He started playing guitar at age eight, jamming with guitar bands by age twelve. Michael has attended Mannes College of Music in Manhattan and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. For those four years he focused exclusively on practicing and writing music. After graduation he played in some heavy progressive chops bands in N.Y.C. and L.A. such as Danse Macabre, DreamSpeak, The Fringe and Dreamer. All broke up due to internal differences just as they were getting press and an audience. Fed up with bands in general he became a hired gun, becoming the second guitarist in Eddie Ojeda's (Twisted Sister) band. He put together his own studio and recorded The Furious Guitar, which was featured in a Guitar Player magazine piece. Since then, Michael has written and demoed the entire "Captain Freak" album.

With his current recording studio, Trapp has everything he needs to write and record anything and is looking to get his music into film and television projects. He plans to write and record until his last breath.

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Michael Trapp
907 Penn Estates
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
United States

E-mail: Alien Mike E.T.
Web site: www.geocities.com/crimsonfaced

Matthew Von Doran

Pursuing His First Love

A music industry veteran, guitarist Matthew Von Doran has done just about everything to make a living. But now, with the release of his CD, In This Present Moment, he has taken some giant steps towards spending the bulk of his time as a performing and recording jazz artist. With a lifetime of guitar playing under his belt, you might imagine his playing to be tight, his chops fluent, and his solo explorations motivic, ambitious and soulful - and you'd be right on all three counts. In This Present Moment features ten instrumental tracks in the jazz and jazz/fusion vein, and showcase the work of additional musicians such as bassist Jimmy Haslip (who also produced the CD), keyboardist Larry Goldings and drummer Peter Erskine, among others. This is a well-recorded, excellently performed CD that is highly recommended to fans of jazz and smooth jazz alike. Matthew Von Doran was originally profiled in the October-November, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Born in Germany in 1960, Matthew grew up in Washington D.C., and Canada before the family finally settled in the Manhattan Beach area of Los Angeles County. He began playing guitar at age 15 and by the time he got to college, in 1978, he started checking out jazz. Matthew eventually enrolled at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in 1980 and remained there for a year. Through the '80s, he made a living playing guitar in strictly non-jazz settings while still maintaining his love of jazz. In 1986, Matthew joined the Don Miller big band, which offered him an outlet for playing jazz while also providing him with a steady source of income for the next 16 years.

A few years ago, Von Doran began playing in a fusion cover band called New Trio of Doom (a sly insider reference to the Jaco Pastorius-John McLaughlin-Tony Williams Trio of Doom from the late '70s). He changed the name of the group to the Matthew Von Doran Trio a year ago and has been pursuing a career as a jazz artist ever since.

Contact Information
Michael Bloom Media Relations
P.O. Box 41380
Los Angeles, CA 90041-0380
United States

E-mail: Matthew Von Doran
Web site: www.matthewvondoran.com

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