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Guitarist Shony submitted his DAM CD-R Guitars Only Please for review. It features twelve songs, ranging from three minutes to over seven. Apparently the title does not mean guitars exclusively, since track two, "Karin" starts out with a child singing "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and track three is a keyboard and guitar duet. Shony is a competent guitarist, but his longer compositions tend to lack focus. Less an album than a collection of tracks, and stylistically very diverse ("Jingle for Django" has a loose jazz feel, "Cosmic Morning" is new agey improv, "Bad Bad Guitar" is rock, etc.), the music serves as a demo of the genres that Shony feels affinity for. The production is quite uneven, with some stock drum machine work that tends to distract from the live instruments. Hopefully Shony will get a chance to use some better equipment, work with a producer, and get the opportunity to collaborate with some other musicians in the future.

alb Born and raised in Israel by a Turkish mother and Russian father, Shony absorbed all the diverse elements, from his environment as he grew up. He has been playing the guitar and writing music since the age of 14. At 17 he formed a rock band and continued to perform during his military service in Israel. At the age of 22 Shony enjoyed national TV and radio recognition as a member of a popular band backing a national Israeli superstar. Since 1993 he has been teaching his unique approach to guitar playing and has written a guitar book specifically for non-music readers.

Shony continues to write, produce and perform new material.

Contact Information
Shony Bar-Elan
2887 West 15th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V6K 3A1

E-mail: Shony
Web site: www.shonymusica.com

Heavy Guitars

French Duo Releases Demo

Heavy Guitars, a French duo consisting of Cyril Lepizzera and Ritchie Roncarolo, sent their 4 song instrumental demo CD-R, entitled Reflexions, for our review. The group may be named Heavy Guitars for a reason - yes, the guitars are tone heavy, unfortunately nothing else on the CD-R is. Backed by a super thin drum machine and an even thinner keyboard, the rhythmic foundation does not help present the music in the best sonic space. Compositionally, Lepizzera and Roncarolo should also try to create stronger themes, so the music stays with you after a few listens. They are both good guitarists, especially when playing fast, they just need to write a lot more songs to find out what works best in their style (they are influenced by Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony McAlpine, Joey Tafolla, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, Joe Satriani, and others), which tends toward metal and neo-classical. Their future is all ahead of them.

pic Cyril got the "guitar virus" back in 1978, alfter his sister bought a record of Carlos Santana containing the "Europa" song. In 1979, his parents sent him to the conservatory of Marseille (Classical guitar conservatory) where he studied music theory as well as guitar playing. In 1989, he went to the IMFP (a famous jazz school for 2 years). In 1991, he started playing in a band called "Blizzard", then in 1995, he hooked up with a French singer named David Hernandez. Cyril recorded one album with him, called "Imprevu", and played live everywhere in France for two years. Ritchie originally met a friend of his uncle who was guitarist in an old French band, and discovered the pleasure of holding a guitar, and playing Rolling Stones tunes. Two months later he bought his first guitar (a classical guitar) and he learned a bit more about it, like chords, scales, and a bit of theory. Listening to Satriani's "Surfing WIth The Alien" got him more focused on playing, and he took lessons from a friend and player in Aubagne. Later he played in bands ("Blizzard"), gave lessons, and even started an instrumental band before reteaming with Cyril.

Roncarolo is considering the possibility of a solo album in 2002.

Contact Information
Cyril Lepizzera
Residence Le Bari
13780 Cuges Les Pins

E-mail: Heavy Guitars
Web site: heavyguitars.free.fr

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