Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Peppino D'Agostino doesn’t just play the guitar. He composes, arranges, collaborates, improvises and has even been known to sing a song here and there in both English and Italian. But what he does create on the guitar makes the difference between simply playing and truly making music apparent in the most wonderful ways. D'Agostino has been hailed as “a guitarist's guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards, but the San Francisco Chronicle encapsulated the essential difference that distinguishes D'Agostino’s music when it dubbed him “a poet.”
“Peppino's music is deep and beautiful.” - Tommy Emmanuel
A native of Italy, D'Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America a little over 25 years ago. The readers of Guitar Player voted him 'Best Acoustic Guitarist in 2007', and the following year in Acoustic Guitar's People's Choice Awards he won a Bronze medal for 'Best Acoustic Album of All Time' for his 2002 release 'Every Step Of The Way' (tying with Leo Kottke, one of his prime inspirations) and another Bronze award as 'Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year'. Even his Peppino D'Agostino Seagull Signature Guitar model was ranked in June 2014 as one of the 10 best signature guitars by Guitar Player Magazine. But as said above, it's not just his talent that makes D'Agostino so notable, but also what he does with it.
Collaborations have been key to D'Agostino’s career. In 2010, D’Agostino co-founded with David Tanenbaum, The Pacific Guitar Ensemble – an eclectic group of six guitarists who play everything from nylon and steel-string guitars to electric basses and 17th century theorbos. At other times, he's on stage with musicians such as Stef Burns, electric guitarist for Huey Lewis and the News and Italian rock star Vasco Rossi, drummer Jeff Campitelli, one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time; legendary Paraguayan harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes; or Frank Martin, keyboardist extraordinaire who has played with everyone from Lady Gaga to Bruce Springsteen.
D'Agostino's simultaneous immersion in the classical guitar and rock worlds, has culminated in his new solo recording, 'Penumbra'. “There has been an evolution in my playing due to all the incredible musicians that I have met, and this new CD reflects that,” he says. “How can I not be influenced by such great players? I don't even recognize how much, because it goes into your brain, and you can't quantify that, but working with all these artists, and knowing what inspires them, has made a noticeable difference in my approach. I definitely feel that this record expresses all those various influences.” According to D'Agostino, 'Penumbra' is a mix of sophisticated yet melodic compositions that are technically complex.
“Peppino brings warm humanity to the acoustic.” - Adrian Legg
'Penumbra' includes two compositions written for D'Agostino by Latin Grammy Award winner and classical guitar legend Sergio Assad. Of this fateful collaboration D'Agostino says, “We became good friends when he started teaching at the Conservatory in San Francisco. I really admire what he does as a composer, so one night when we were having dinner in North Beach, I asked him, 'What’s your approach?' And he said, 'Well there's different things that I do. One of them is, I use numbers, like the dodecaphonic approach. For instance, if you give me your name, each letter, p-e-p-p-i-n-o, is a note.' And then, three weeks later, he came up with a tune based on my name which is very melodic and lyrical. On another night, David Tanenbaum, Sergio, and I went out and had some fun and three days later, Sergio said, 'Hey I wrote another one for you.' This one is more like a samba and it's pretty fast. Later David was telling me, 'Do you know how many classical guitarists constantly ask Sergio to write for them – and he just gave you two compositions - you're really lucky.' ”
“The latest CD release by Peppino D'Agostino brings us a repertoire typically associated with nylon guitar players. The beautiful sound of Peppino's steel strings makes us hear this repertoire with renewed interest. 'Penumbra' is a must for all kind of guitar lovers.” - Sergio Assad
The new CD also features compositions from two other contemporary classical guitarists, Roland Dyens and Maurizio Colonna. “I really admire Roland Dyens,” says D'Agostino. “He's one of my favorite guitarists, because he mixes classical and jazz. He has this mind that can go both places. And every concert he starts with an improvisation. I always loved his piece 'Valse des Anges' ('Angel's Waltz'). It's more of a jazz waltz - very melodic, but also jazzy.”
Like Assad, Italian guitarist Colonna contributed two pieces. D'Agostino explains, “I met Maurizio years ago, and he's interesting because he uses a classical technique, yet he has also recorded very complex arrangements of rock songs by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, but the two pieces I recorded are his original compositions. One is very melodic, with a lot of the classical tremolo technique. The challenge is to do it on steel-string, which is not easy. The other piece, 'Synchronized Movements', is an almost minimalist piece, where phrases are rhythmic yet change only slightly.”
While all these guitarists have clearly contributed to Peppino's continuing evolution, he returns the favor with compositions dedicated to Tanenbaum and Sergio Assad. Says D'Agostino, “I dedicated 'Penumbra', the title track of the CD, to David Tanenbaum. 'Penumbra' means between dark and light. Through David I learned about Baroque music and minimalism. So I was really trying to bring some of the Baroque and minimalist elements into the composition. I wrote it for him and he actually started performing it. So there's an even stronger connection with the classical world.”
“Peppino D'Agostino's new CD 'Penumbra' actually has very few shadows, but rather his usual bright, Italian, sunny charm. I was particularly happy to hear him play the wonderful piece he wrote for me, 'Penumbra', with its blend of Baroque music and minimalism.” - David Tannenbaum
The track “Penumbra” is also a perfect illustration of how D'Agostino is balancing his interest in classical guitar and his older steel-string style. Opening with a Baroque-sounding theme, played with great sensitivity and feeling, the piece, which is in one of D'Agostino's trademark open tunings, segues into a rhythmic section in 9/8 that references his rock and ethnic-influenced style.
“[a] phenom in the same league with John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Doc Watson and John Renbourn.” - Jazziz
Peppino D'Agostino will be performing with a variety of ensembles in support of 'Penumbra'. He'll continue playing with the Pacific Guitar Ensemble, longtime colleagues Tanenbaum and Burns as well as the duos with drummer Jeff Campitelli and harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes. Furthermore, he is also part of a 2014 - 2015 tour called “The Great Guitars”, with Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, and Vinny Raniolo. All these projects although different in nature and scope have one thing in common - D'Agostino's ongoing desire to expand the repertoire of the steel string guitar and to reaffirm the important role that music plays in our lives.
Watch Peppino D'Agostino's recent video for Guitar Player magazine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScSaTWRGtuc
Peppino D'Agostino 2014 Tour Dates:
July 6-12, 2014 - Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop - La Moreau, FRANCE
July 14, 2014 - Borgo Medievale - Torino, ITALY
July 25, 2014 - Festa di San Pantaleone - Ravello, ITALY
Aug 1, 2014 - Collegiata di Atrani - Atrani, ITALY
Aug 3, 2014 - (Private event) Basel, SWITZERLAND
Aug 5, 2014 - Music Festival Telč, - CZECH REPUBLIC
Aug 9, 2014 - Kultur im Mittelpunkt - Rohrbach, AUSTRIA
Aug 10, 2014 - (Workshop) Kobler Guitars - Haslach, AUSTRIA
Aug 15, 2014 - Coalesce Bookstore - Morro Bay, CA, USA
Aug 16, 2014 - Castoro Cellars - Templeton, CA, USA (Show Time: 7:30 pm)
Sept 27, 2014 - House Concert - Windsor, CA, USA
Oct 16, 2014 - The Ballroom at the Outer Space - Hamden, CT, USA
Oct 17, 2014 - Medallion Opera House - Gorham, NH, USA (Show Time: 7:30 pm)
Oct 18, 2014 - Harvard Public Library - Harvard, MA, USA (Show Time: 7:30pm)
Oct 23, 2014 - House Concert -Wheeling, WV, USA
Oct 26 & 27, 2014 - Via Vecchia Winery - Columbus, OH, USA (Show Time: 2:00pm)
Oct 30, 2014 - Foundry Hall - South Haven, MI, USA
Nov 1, 2014 - Taffy's - Eaton, OH, USA
Nov 8, 2014 - Blackstone River Theatre - Cumberland, RI, USA
Nov 15, 2014 - 21. Dresdner Gitarrenfest - Dresden, GERMANY
Nov 21, 2014 - Gaste Garage - Hasbergen, GERMANY
Nov 22, 2014 - Schalloch - Hamburg, GERMANY
Nov 27, 2014 - Bar D’Amato - Wolfratshausen, GERMANY
For more information: http://www.peppinodagostino.com
To purchase Peppino D'Agostino's 'Penumbra' CD:
Peppino D'Agostino of the Great Guitars Live
Rob's online classroom 'Guitar Babylon' http://www.robgarland.net
In this lesson TrueFire instructor Rob Garland plays 2 string arpeggios from the pentatonic scale in different keys and on different string sets across all 5 pentatonic shapes. A useful left-right hand technique building drill that can also be used in improvisation.
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Beyond The Pentatonic Scale Lesson Series (TrueFire TV Blog)
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Tribute To Gary Moore
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Rob Garland Arpeggios From The Pentatonic Scale Guitar Lesson (Alternate Picking Shred)
When guitarist Marcel Coenen visited Thailand in 2006 he jammed with the wellknown keyboardplayer Mats Olausson (Ark/Yngwie Malmsteen), who was at the time living in Thailand. This jam happened in front of the gig Marcel did at this school in Bangkok called Chandrakasem Rajabhat University.
Marcel Coenen jamming with Mats Olausson (Ark/Yngwie)
Xander Demos, a Mission Engineering "Artist On a Mission" has released his demo video of the new Gemini guitar speaker cabinets. Xander demonstrates the capabilities and features of the cabinets, playing some of his patented, melodic shred solos, including a mock up of several Journey songs.
Xander Demos Mission Engineering Gemini Demo
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and mutual admirers ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have almost a century’s worth of combined touring experience under their collective belts are less than one week away from embarking on their first ever tour together. The tour is formatted to offer a free-standing set from Jeff Beck, a free-standing set from ZZ Top and a joint performance wherein Beck joins the ZZ Top for a rocking finale.
On the heels of releasing Live At Montreux 2013 DVD/Blu-ray through Eagle Rock Entertainment and The Baddest of ZZ Top CD/2CD retrospective from Warner Bros, “that little ol’ band from Texas” will be cranking out classics such as “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs” and “Tush.” The lineup of Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard has been holding steady for over 44 years - an unprecedented feat in the rock.
Jeff Beck’s touring band will consist of Grammy nominee and Flash-era vocalist Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph, and guitarist Nicolas Meier.
21-year-old Texas guitar prodigy Tyler Bryant had recently been announced as the opening act for the vast majority of the tour dates. Bryant already has experience as an opener for Jeff Beck, and also cut his teeth on bills with Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, BB King, Heart, Vince Gill, and many others.
While ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have never toured together before, this is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Billy Gibbons joined Beck and his band on stage at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 at Madison Square Garden, where they performed the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and ZZ Top’s hit “Rough Boy” together. The following year Beck joined ZZ Top in Lucca, Italy for an extended rendition of the band’s signature piece “La Grange.”
The excitement is brewing between the musicians. Jeff Beck proclaimed, “Ever since Eliminator I thought it would be great to play with ZZ Top.”
Likewise, Billy Gibbons, who has long viewed the English fret master as a musical role model going back to his days in the Yardbirds, has declared his admiration for the man behind the platinum selling albums Blow By Blow and Wired. “We could never figure out what Beck was doing on his instrument to get those sounds, and it was that mystery that inspired us to push our own sound to the next level.” Gibbons continues, “It is an honor to be sharing the stage with the curator of crunch.”
ZZ Top with Jeff Beck Tour Itinerary:
August 8 Ogren Park Missoula, MT
August 9 Chateau Ste. Michelle Woodinville, WA
August 10 Cuthbert Amphitheatre Eugene, OR
August 12 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
August 13 Greek Amphitheatre Los Angeles, CA
August 15 Ironstone Amphitheatre Murphys, CA
August 16 The Joint Las Vegas, NV
August 17 AVA Amphitheatre Tucson, AZ
August 19 Sandia Casino Albuquerque, NM
August 20 Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre Englewood, CO
August 22 Zoo Amphitheatre Oklahoma City, OK
August 23 Starlight Theater Kansas City, MO
August 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Maryland Heights, MO
August 27 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
August 28 Ravinia Festival Highland Park, IL
August 29 Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca, NY
August 30 Concert Venue @Harrah’s Atlantic City, NJ
August 31 MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT
September 2 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
September 3 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD *
September 4 Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY
September 6 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Alpharetta, GA
September 7 St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, FL
September 9 Cruzan Amphitheater West Palm Beach, FL
September 10 Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater Tampa, FL
September 12 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
September 13 Winstar Casino Thackerville, OK **
*Tyler Bryant and Gary Clark Jr. open
**ZZ Top and Jeff Beck only
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