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Luna Blanca

Guitar Music At Its Best

Luna Blanca's Guitar Island provides listeners with the unforgettable delight of new sounds and creations, conveying an extraordinary and pleasant sound of harmony. Delivered in the New Flamenco style, German guitarist Richard Hecks impresses with beautiful sounds and environments, occasionally trading melodies with pianist Helmut Graebe. European flamenco guitarist Bino Dola also contributes on rhythm guitar, while Sascha Popping adds his award winning percussion stylings. If your one of the hundreds of thousands of Ottmar Liebert fans out there, you might want to check out someone truly inspired by his music - Richard Hecks - and his recordings with Luna Blanca. Luna Blanca were originally profiled in the April-May, 2007 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb In 1999, Richard had his first performance together with a friend from Bocholt in the concert hall of the same city near the Dutch border. Both musicians were pleased, almost amazed, with the reception enjoyed by their classical guitar music. At the time, Richard couldn't know what the musical future would bring him. The ocean of music that engulfed him and his guitar - built by the famous guitar builder Hermann Hauser - years earlier was to sweep him away from classical music and wash him ashore on a new musical island. Inspired also by Ottmar Liebert's "Nouveau Flamenco", Richard quickly found his new guitar style.

Awards recently received include a recommendation on Happyday New Age Radio as Best New Flamenco Guitar Group. As a result of some very enthusiastic reviews from GarageBand.com members, "Island Reggae" was Track of the Day on Thursday, the 18th of January and reviewer's pick as "Best guitars in Latin" for the week of 29th January 2007.

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Richard Hecks
Nordstr. 20
D-46399 Bocholt

E-mail: Luna Blanca
Web site: www.lunablancamusic.com

Michael Abdow

Yes, But Can He Play Fast?

Here's one thing you won't be saying to yourself after listening to the three tracks on Michael Abdow's demo CD-R. OK, are you ready? You won't be saying, "Gee, it's good, but I wish he would just play faster!" You won't be saying that. Abdow has got the speed thing locked in. Even neo-classical guitarist Tom Hess, who knows a thing or three about speedy playing, remarked, "Dig your stuff man, you're a killer player!" The three demo songs are from Abdow's forthcoming instrumental album, coming out in 2007, and aside from a keyboard solo on "Savage Garden", it's all Abdow. This is one prodigious player, he can also play slow (some speed demons can't, believe it or not), and fans of heavy shred and metal now have a new name to watch out for. Check out the debut release when it becomes available. Michael Abdow was originally profiled in the April-May, 2007 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Hailing from western Massachusetts, Michael began playing guitar in 1997. Throughout high school, he studied fingerstyle guitar and played in an amateur progressive metal band. In 2002, he began studying jazz guitar and general composition under Bob Ferrier at Holyoke Community College, where he earned an Associate's Degree in music. At about this time, he also began studying with virtuoso Tom Kopyto with whom he taught at a local music store. The fall of 2004 saw Michael join the western Massachusetts metal band Tempus Mori. Based in Springfield, MA, Tempus Mori has completed two EPs and plays throughout New England. His instrumental music is melodic metal with shredding leads and seven-string riffage. Drawing on all his influences, it is heavily focused on groove and phrasing. Influences include Michael Romeo, Tony MacAlpine, Rob Johnson, Vinnie Moore, Tom Kopyto and Frank Gambale.

Abdow is currently writing and recording music for Tempus Mori and his instrumental project as well as teaching guitar in the greater Springfield area.

Contact Information
Michael Abdow
114 Elizabeth Drive
Ludlow, MA 01056
United States

E-mail: Michael Abdow
Web site: www.michaelabdow.com

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