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Roar Vangen

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Incredible Acoustic Guitarist

Roar Vangen is a simply amazing player from Norway, who incorporates Norwegian folk music (and music from other parts of the world) into his original compositions on his new CD, Streng. Comparisons to players such as Adrian Legg and Knut Reiersrud could be made, but Vangen's style is altogether unique, and his compositional approach also sets him apart. He further orchestrates his work using players such as Brazilian percussionist Celio De Carvallho, Norwegian flute player Finn Evensen and fiddle player Magne Askeland. Vangen uses an unusual tuning (CGCGCE), and combines a Roland VG-88 with his acoustic guitar for a bigger sound. It's not hard to hear Vangen's 40 years of experience taking root in the music of Streng, a must-hear for anyone who enjoys acoustic music with multi-ethnic influences. Roar Vangen was originally profiled in the December-January, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb There are only two guitar players in Norway who are able to play like this: Knut Reiersrud and Roar Vangen." This is what the famous Norwegian professor of keyboard Bjorn Ole Rasch uttered when he first heard Roar play. With Streng, Roar's desire was to show that it's possible to make new, exciting and immediate instrumental music, inspired by Norwegian folk music. His sound is inspired by the Norwegian "hardanger fiddle" (which has drone strings) and the Norwegian "langeleik", which is similar to a dulcimer.

There is a long and multifaceted history behind Vangen's new CD, which is based on many years of experience with various musical genres. By combining elements from these genres and folk music from many parts of the world, he has created his very own musical expression!

Contact Information
Roar Vangen
Vallerudosen 106
1476 Rasta
Norway

E-mail: Roar Vangen
Web site: www.roarvangen.com

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Jeff Pike Barlow

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Jazz With Blues-Drenched Phrasing

Jeff Pike Barlow's take on holiday music deserves a closer listen. Adornos is a CD-R compilation of Christmas guitar music played in a very unique style. Classic Christmas and seasonal songs are played using fingerstyle, classical, and flamenco techniques (cross-pollinating the three disciplines where appropriate). Barlow includes two of his original tunes, just in time for the holidays, "Snowfall" and "Prelude", which showcase his playing quite nicely. Which is not to say the other tracks don't - it's just great to hear songs you've heard your whole life, such as "O Holy Night', "What Child Is This?" and "Pachelbel's Canon In D", played in the rhythmic style Barlow uses on this album. The songs sound fresh, and for that, we have to tip our hat to Mr. Barlow for an excellent idea, superbly executed. Jeff Pike Barlow was originally profiled in the December-January, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Jeff has been noodling around with guitars since high school (late 1970s), but he didn't get serious with the instrument until 1995. He was doing some volunteer work down in Mexico (San Miguel De Allende) when he met a Spanish gypsy who played flamenco guitar. Jeff then began studying with him daily. He loves the sound of raw flamenco guitar, but he is also very intrigued by the possibilities that exist in using flamenco to play other types of music.

Barlow is currently hard at work on another album, tentatively entitled "Encantado".

Contact Information
Jeff Pike Barlow
3890 Goldfinch Lane
Clinton, WA 98236
United States

E-mail: Jeff Pike Barlow
Web site: www.hermitageacoustics.com

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