Virtuoso Guitarist Stanley Jordan will host a group of national and local performers in a holiday celebration concert on Dec. 14, 2002, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. The lineup will include Jay Kishor on sitar, Jamie Janover on hammered dulcimer, Eddie Barattini on drums, Tammi Brown on vocals and Eric Zang on Turkish flute and percussion. All the artists were hand-picked by Jordan to provide a memorable evening of moving music. Jordan says, "These are some of my favorite performers, and I'm very excited about bringing them together for this special show." The group will play music from Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sufi traditions. Tickets are $20.
On the choice of music Jordan says, "I have wanted to do a multifaith celebration for quite some time. I think it's no accident that so many different spiritual faiths have major holidays around the same time of year. This concert will reflect the connectedness of the World's cultures and religions. Music provides a common source of spirituality that people can really feel."
The unusual choice of instruments reflects Jordan's diverse goals for the event. "We are bringing together several instruments that are known for their striking and expressive tone. I know the blend will be wonderful. I can already hear it clearly in my head."
Stanley Jordan has been a seminal force in American music for nearly 20 years. He turned the jazz world on its ear in 1984 with his debut album "Magic Touch," which was Billboard's #1 jazz record for 51 weeks. His innovative guitar technique has brought him accolades from critics and musicians alike. He performed this past summer in the Sedona Ecofest in August, featuring his unique solo guitar style as well as a jam with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones that people are still talking about today. For more information, visit Stanley Jordan's web site at www.stanleyjordan.com
Eric Zang's background is primarily in Middle Eastern music, with influences from folk to classical styles. During his many travels abroad he has absorbed an astounding array of musical influences. Zang will play the ney, a Turkish flute, as well as several Middle Eastern percussion instruments. His past collaborations include African music with CK Ganyo, Latin music with Ted Solis and flamenco with the group Mosaico. In Sedona he has recorded with Chris Spheeris and Anthony Mazzella. For more information, visit Eric's web site at http://users.mm2k.net/~ericzang
Utku Dagkiran, who will sing and play the saz, a Turkish stringed instrument.
Jamie Janover is an innovator on the hammered dulcimer, using diverse percussive techniques drawn from his extensive experience as a percussionist. He has released several CDs under his own name and he has played with The String Cheese Incident, Phish, Bela Fleck, Deep Banana Blackout, Govt' Mule, Derek Trucks, Babatunde Olatunji, The Yonder Mountain String Band and many others. For more information, visit Jamie's web site at www.jamiejanover.com
Tammi Brown is a vocalist of immense talent. She comes from the African American Gospel tradition. After many years signing and leading her church choir, she is now beginning to share her music with the world at large. Currently working on her first solo CD, she has already attracted the attention of music business luminaries.
Eddie Barattini is one of the most talented and pervasive players on the Sedona music scene. He studied at the Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood, and he has worked with Richie Havens and Chuck Mangione.
Jay Kishor is a master sitarist, trained in the purist Dhrupad Been style of the Maihar Gharana in India. He has released two CDs under his own name and he has collaborated with Stanley Jordan on a live CD to be released in December, just in time for the Sedona holiday concert. For more information, visit Jay's web site at www.jaykishor.com
The Touch Technique
Stanley Jordan has employed this revolutionary approach to guitar since 1976. This article is an updated version of "Stanley Jordan On Two-Handed Tapping," which appeared in the July 1984 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.
Getting Started With the Touch Technique
THE TOUCH-, OR TWO-HANDED TAPPING TECHNIQUE can provide limitless possibilities for exploration on the guitar. The earliest documented guitarist using this approach was Jimmy Webster in the 1950s. It has now begun to enjoy considerable use among guitarists. The essence of tapping is this: By hammering the string against the fretboard with your finger, you can produce a note with one hand. You don't need to pluck or strum, because the impact of the string hitting the fret causes the string to vibrate. Either hand works, and you can even use both hands tapping simultaneously on the fingerboard, performing independent parts.
Producing the sound in this way is easy. But mastering its awesome and unexpected possibilities is another matter! It gives you a level of musical and orchestral complexity previously possible only on keyboard instruments. You can create bass and chord accompaniment to your own leads as a self-contained soloist. You can also perform complex counterpoint, such as Bach two and three-part inventions. With a band, you can use your hands together to play leads with undreamed-of speed and agility.
For more on the Touch technique, please visit http://www.stanleyjordan.com/Technique/starting.html
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