~a global music gathering in Los Angeles~
AKI MIYOSHI [national fingerstyle guitar champion from Japan]
Aki is considered to be one of the leading figures in the finger-style guitar genre. Having released three highly acclaimed musical compilations (such as his debut album "The Rock Garden") as well as live performances in Korea, Singapore, Australia, and the US, he is quickly becoming known all over the world. In his home country Japan, he has appeared in numerous publications with full-length articles as well as countless appearances on the air. His musical transcriptions has been published by numerous trade magazines. During 2011, Aki won grand prize at the prestigious Japanese National Finger-style Guitar Competition, the most respected competition of its kind in Japan.
RYAN AYERS [Guitarist/Composer]
Ryan Ayers is a solo guitarist mixing together classical technique with accessible songs forms and structures. His stage show is a well crafted blend of engaging music and interesting stories which have captivated audiences on both coasts. Ryan began playing guitar at the age of thirteen. He attended Loyola Marymount University and graduated with degrees in classical guitar performance and recording arts. An active composer for over ten years, Ryan released his first record of ten original pieces for guitar entitled "ermita" in 2011. These pieces employ classical guitar technique to explore the reaches of steel string and fingerstyle guitar. A gifted melodist, Ryan also likes to experiment with gestures, textures, and rhythmic ideas in his compositions.
GOH [(un)amplified guitar/voice]
Scott Yanow (journalist for AllMusic & LA Jazz Scene) expresses: "Goh Kurosawa's music is beyond any simple classification. The guitarist improvises melodically, is open to the influences of pop, rock, flamenco, classical, Latin and Japanese music, and has his own musical identity. Equally skilled on electric and acoustic guitars, he has mastered tapping and sometimes uses electrical devices to create a wide range of sounds yet is not shy to embrace a pretty melody; personable and eager to talk about his music and guitar tunings between songs, Goh put on a warm and entertaining show. His set included Bob Marley's No Women No Cry, My Family My Friends (original), a Japanese folk song, Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (which he sang) and parts of a suite he recently composed."
PETE MORRIS [live painting]
"Morris painted on the spot portraits of the happening!"
-LA Jazz Scene
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$12 cover ($5 for students 21&under / FREE for kids12&under)