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Brent Gunter

Cross-cultural Fusion Of Music

Brent Gunter's new CD, Andalucia, is a cross-cultural fusion of music that is both earth and sky - rooted yet transcendent. Centered around his Spanish guitar which lends itself not only to classical and flamenco influences but also the blues, the tunes possess a gentle, rolling quality yet are steeped with a percussive undertow. Appealing to the world music market, Gunter's ability to offer beauty with lyricism, rich tone with technical excellence, and expressiveness with passion sets his original compositions apart. Carving out a unique sonic space in that market is a challenge, but Gunter has achieved it, using classical compositional and performance skills honed in college. He started his own record label, Sandia Crest, which aims to "inspire the music through music." Andalucia is a great first offering. Brent Gunter was originally profiled in the October-November, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Brent was born in the Pacific Northwest and grew up in a musical family in the desert of north central New Mexico. He got his first Spanish guitar when he was five, and was inspired to learn by his guitar-playing uncle and cousins. Classical and flamenco were early influences as family members used the styles to create their own fusion that included western swing, country and traditional Mexican songs. Gunter was also fascinated as a listener with symphonic music and soundtracks. After going through his classic rock phase (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, the hard rock of the '80s), Gunter returned to music that was more classical-oriented. He studied classical composition in college and went on to explore the cross-pollination of musical styles. He also became a fan of guitarist Will Ackerman's then-burgeoning early-'80s acoustic music revolution with his homebred Windham Hill label.

Now, armed with his newly completed, state-of-the-art recording studio, and a well organized record label, Gunter continues to build on his foundation as a new world music artist.

Contact Information
Sandia Crest Entertainment, Inc.
P.O. Box 504
Portland, OR 97207
United States

E-mail: Brent Gunter
Web site: www.brentgunter.com

Lou DiBello

Capturing His Fiery Playing

Anthemic hard rock is found all over Lou DiBello's most recent CD-R release, appropriately called The Axeman Cometh. This is his second album (his first was completed in 1993), and this one is an all instrumental, 8 song effort. Ripping, shredded solos mark tracks such as "When All Is Lost", "To The Maxx" and the neo-classically influenced "Tribute 2005", in which the diminished licks play a major role. The magnum opus on the release is the three-part (and over twelve minutes) piece entitled "A Dangerous Alliance", with its opening Black Sabbath-like tolling bell, wind and rain effects, crunchy Krokus-inspired riffs, lyrically harmonized passages and spirited, bee-in-a-bottle alternate picked lines. As one of his fan letters stated, you may get a speeding ticket if you listen to The Axeman Cometh in your vehicle of choice - so get off the highway, and plug into DiBello's heavy rock. Lou DiBello was originally profiled in the October-November, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Lou's first gig with a rock band was at age 17. He also studied piano and saxophone as a youth, beginning guitar at age 15. In 1989, he graduated with honors from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. From 1989 to 1999, Lou was in several bands, notably Electric Sky and Blanche Talley, and released his first all instrumental effort, "Pile-Up" in 1993. In 2000, he recorded several pieces for pro wrestling events. Lou has appeared in Guitar World's Hometown Heroes column. From 1994 to present, he has been the guitarist for the band ESP, of which Lou is the only founding member to play every ESP show. The band played across downstate Illinois and into Indiana, and at it's busiest played over 100 shows a year for many years. The band released a self-titled EP in 2000, selling hundreds of CDs at shows and garnering a few good regional reviews in the process.

DiBello is also the owner and creator of Guitarlessononline.com, started in 2001. GuitarlessonOnline was one of the first online lesson web sites to feature both streaming video lessons and Flash multi-media lessons.

Contact Information
Lou DiBello
Urbana, IL
United States

E-mail: Lou DiBello
Web site: www.loudibello.com

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