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Mad Sammarinese Instrumentalist

From the tiny Republic of San Marino comes the demo CD-R from Syba (real name Francesco Franchini). Loaded with high-energy instrumental hard rock from the Joe Satriani / Steve Vai style of music, the tunes were recorded with his two separate projects: "Puppets" (a more mature project) and "XperiencE" (a newer instrumental rock project). Syba is a furious shredder, able to insert faster-than-a -speeding-bullet notes in between measure lines like nobody's business. He also possesses a quality that recognizes the importance of groove and melodic interest in a composition, setting a better stage for the incendiary solos to follow. This is not as common as one might think, and certainly makes for a great listening experience - fellow artists might take a careful listen to Syba's work and pick up a few things. Syba was originally profiled in the April-May, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Syba began playing guitar at the age of 12, studying acoustic guitar in Bologna through a private instructor. Later, he was motivated to study electric guitar after hearing Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Vinnie Moore, among others. At the same time, he began composing his own original material, recording at home with the aid of Steinberg Cubase and VST instruments. He also plays bass on his compositions, and would typically create keyboard and drum parts with a mouse, entering MIDI data note for note. Syba played in the band Syberia (new wave) with singer Paolo C., before recording tunes for his first release, "In The Deep Of My Mind". Later he recorded "Trash", before working on both "Puppets" and "XperiencE".

Syba's upcoming show in Los Angeles, California will feature his instrumental rock with the incredible vocal and interpretive abilities of singer Mary Boschi. The show will be in the spring of 2006.

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Republic Of San Marino


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Bill Coon & Oliver Gannon

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Double The Jazz Guitar Fun

Here's a great name for a CD, Two Much Guitar. A great pairing of two jazz guitarists, Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon battling it out in a live setting (part of the Vancouver club's Cellar Live series). These two Canadian musicians play off each other in a magical way, leveraging a musical respect to create what amounts to superior jazz guitar moments. Supported by Darren Radtke (acoustic bass) and Dave Robbins (drums), the quartet mixes in a Cannon original ("So Nice"), and a Coon original ("Zattitude"), alongside tracks by Charlie Parker ("Chi Chi"), Jimmy Van Heusen ("Darn That Dream") and Rogers & Hart ("Have You Met Miss Jones"). Gloriously blending their somewhat divergent technical approaches to guitar playing, Two Much Guitar is anything but too much guitar - but instead, just the right amount. Bill Coon & Oliver Gannon were originally profiled in the June-July, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Oliver Gannon has been called the "king" of Canadian jazz guitar and rightfully so. Oliver has been a stalwart on the Canadian jazz scene since the early '70s. He has been featured on numerous albums with the likes Ed Bickert and Ian McDougall. He had a long musical partnership and personal friendship with the late tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson with whom he recorded eight albums. A duo album that they did together won a Juno Award in 1982. In 2002, Oliver recorded his first album as a leader, "Live @ The Cellar", with his quartet and that same year he won "Guitarist Of The Year" at The National Jazz Awards.

Bill Coon has been performing professionally for twenty years and began his musical career in Montreal where he was a long time member of the Andre White Band. His formative studies were at Vanier CEGEP where Coon studied guitar with Sam Balderman, as well as improvisation with Art Roberts and arranging-composing with Al Baculus. He later obtained a degree in Jazz Studies at Concordia University where after graduating he taught private guitar studies and arranging.

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Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services
269 S Route 94
Warwick, NY 10990
United States

E-mail: Bill Coon & Oliver Gannon
Web site: www.cellarlive.com

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