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Aerial Acoustics

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Dynamic Acoustic Duo

Tandem Flight is the captivating, impressively performed 1997 CD release by Aerial Acoustics, an acoustic guitar duo featuring Dorothy Wagner (on classical guitar) and Dennis Smith (steel-string guitar). Their original instrumental music is an eclectic blend of jazz, New Age, classical and folk, marked by an attention to dynamics, top notch musicianship and a blended tonal pallet accenting their respective guitars of choice. Tandem Flight is all original, save for a cover of Paul Desmond's "Take Five", which closes the disc. Notable is the Latinesque "Boxhead" and the chordally challenging "Mr. Moon", which prove that guitaristic talent and melodic accessibility can go hand in hand quite nicely. Highly recommended. Aerial Acoustics was originally profiled in the April-May, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Dorothy Wagner earned a Master's degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Ben Verdery, and is an active freelance musician throughout the New York metropolitan area. She has recorded for the Neuma label and has been featured in Guitar Player magazine. Dennis Smith has been an active member of several musical acts throughout New Jersey for 15 years. His energetic and virtuosic style incorporates many genres including rock, jazz and blues. He has performed at the Village Gate and numerous venues throughout the tri-state area.

This stellar duo continues to maintain an active live schedule in support of Tandem Flight, while writing and arranging new material. One can only hope a new CD is on the agenda as well!

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Aerial Acoustics
497 Springfield Ave., Apt. C
Summit, NJ 07901
Italy

E-mail: Aerial Acoustics
Web site: www.aerialweb.com

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E. Shawn Qaissaunee

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Original Jazz CD Emphasizes Songs

Recruiting a high caliber group of musicians to back him on his CD Tell A Story, guitarist E. Shawn Qaissaunee's original compositions emphasize songwriting and musical interaction within the group. With Chico Huff on bass, and Tom Palmer on drums, the second half of the CD is recorded in a trio format, and as such features a number of excellent bass and guitar solo passages (listen to the harmonic explorations in "Top View" for evidence). Qaissaunee invites guests such as keyboard whiz Jeff Knoettner and saxophonist Eric Powell to join him on the first half of the CD, reducing the six-string appeal somewhat, but creating a broader sonic palette for the music. All in all, a well-crafted jazz outing top to bottom, with Qaissaunee's warm, emotional guitar tone serving as the glue that binds the collection together. E. Shawn Qaissaunee was originally profiled in the April-May, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic First formally introduced to music through piano lessons in elementary school and the saxophone in fifth grade, Shawn started playing guitar as a freshman in high school. He later attended Berklee College of Music as a Jazz Composition/Music Education major, and he has been teaching and playing professionally for about seven years. Shawn's influences are diverse, from Pat Martino and Wes Montgomery to James Brown and the Ohio Players. He continues to strive each day to grow musically and spiritually.

In the future, Qaissaunee is hoping to bring his music to a larger audience by way of music festivals, theaters, clubs, word of mouth and the Internet.

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E. Shawn Qaissaunee
15 Top View Court
Newark, DE 19702
United States

E-mail: E. Shawn Qaissaunee
Web site: www.geocities.com/qmard

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