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Dimitar Bozikov

Brilliant Macedonian Axeman

Quick! How many guitarists can you name from Macedonia? Not too many... so how about finding one that will blow you away? Dimitar Bozikov's CD, Guitarland, may just do that, with its creatively arranged and brilliantly executed instrumental rock tracks in the Jeff Beck and Brett Garsed style. Finding clever ways to enliven lyricless music is a lot easier said than done, but Bozikov relies on a seemingly endless bag of guitaristic tricks to keep the interest level high all the way through the ten tracks. Fans of instrumental guitar will warm up to this immediately, appreciating Bozikov for the fiercely talented, exciting and versatile guitar player that he obviously is. If you can find a copy - highly recommended. Dimitar Bozikov was originally profiled in the August-September, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Dimitar was born in 1963 in Sofija, Macedonia, surrounded by music, as his father and mother were both opera singers. Starting out on piano, he quickly switched to guitar influenced by rockers such as Tommy Bolin and Alvin Lee and jazz artists such as George Benson and Larry Carlton. Dimitar credits Jeff Beck with really opening his ears to creative guitar playing, and decided to put together his own independent studio in order to experiment without limitations and allow unlimited possibilities for inspiration. His goal with Guitarland was to make a modern sounding recorded devoid of vanity licks and phrases, influenced by Macedonian climate and culture. Dimitar hopes his music never leaves the listener indifferent - not a problem!

Bozikov is busy working on his next studio project, inviting many guest musicians from Macedonia and Europe.

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Dimitar Bozikov
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E-mail: Dimitar Bozikov
Web site: www.dimitarbozikov.com

Teja Gerken

Beautifully Intimate Fingerstyle

Releasing his second CD, Postcards, is San Francisco area fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken, who delivers solo instrumental compositions with enough surprises and innovative twists to delight aficionados of the world music and folk genres. His tunes employ physical techniques such as two-handed tapping, alternate tunings, and percussive effects, but his developed sense of melody is what will keep his CD playing in your mind long after the 'stop' button is pressed. Another impressive feature is that Gerken's playing is captured without overdubs; the intricate arrangements delivered as you might hear the artist in concert. Gerken is one of a rare breed - a guitarist's guitarist with equal appeal for the non-musicians out there. His Postcards album is highly recommended. Teja Gerken was originally profiled in the August-September, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Born in Germany in 1970, Teja began his journey on the guitar at the age of six and became a serious student of the instrument after his family moved to California in the mid '80s. An active participant in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area acoustic music scene, Teja is a regular performer at many of the region's venues. A firm believer in creating community, he hosts a monthly acoustic guitar showcase at San Francisco's Bazaar Caf´┐Ż, which features both established and emerging players. Teja has shared the stage with guitar visionaries such as John Renbourn, Alex de Grassi, Peter Finger, and Henry Kaiser, as well as with his mentors, Duck Baker and Peppino D'Agostino. He has been a featured guest at the International Guitar Night, as well as on radio stations such as San Francisco's KALW and KUSF, and Berkeley's KPFA. In 2000, he began adding annual concerts in Germany to his performance calendar, and in 2004, he participated in a ten-city tour of Hungary.

Gerken's debut album On My Way (LifeRhythm Music) has received critical acclaim since its release in 1999. In addition, Gerken can be found on the editorial staff of Acoustic Guitar magazine, and he has co-authored several books about guitars.

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Teja Gerken
288 27th Street #2
San Francisco, CA 94131
United States

E-mail: Teja Gerken
Web site: www.tejagerken.com

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