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My Guitar

Read "My Guitar" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

This Christmas marked a very important anniversary in the history of Your Own Personal Genius. Thirty years ago, I received a gift that would change the course of my life forever: a Korean-made Starforce Strat-copy guitar, along with a small Fender practice amp. I got with it a small book of basic blues scales, plus 12-bar ...

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Ognjen Savija

Ognjen Šavija: Member of Cultural Association Ambrosia. Guitar player, musician, composer, producer, sound designer, art performance artist, multimedia artist & DJ – the explorer of Infinity and its possibilities. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1971. He has taken classical guitar lessons from Mile Praljak. Simultaneously, he has worked with electronics and audio engineering, and has studied several other music instruments. 1986, together with his brother Nebojša Šavija-Valha, he started experimenting with music and sound within contemporary music, new age, experimental, avant-grade jazz and ambient (See Ognjen Šavija and Nebojša Šavija-Valha duo). At the same time he has played with several alternative rock bands. 1991-1996 he was a leader of a goth rock band the Invisible Fields. During 1993, together with his brother, he developed an audio-visual project “Twilight Whisper” that was performed at the beginning of 1994 involving several more people

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Guillaume Muller

French musician and composer currently based in New York city, Guillaume started to play the guitar in his teenage years. Originally from Paris, he moved to Boston to study guitar and composition. In the Fall 2012. Upon his arrival at Berklee College of Music, Guillaume earned a scholarship, and had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest musicians and teachers the school had to offer. In the Fall 2015, Guillaume graduated Summa Cum Laude and shortly after moved to New York city. While teaching and playing in New York, Guillaume has also been able to attend NYU Steinhardt as a graduate student and obtained his Master degree in Jazz Studies in the Spring 2019

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Will Sellenraad

Will Sellenraad has earned a fast growing reputation of being at the forefront of creative musicians working in New York City. Known for his brilliant improvisations and his compelling, melodic compositions, this New York City native melds the various styles, phrasings and concepts of the jazz idiom with the raw elements of soul, rock and funk, to create a singular sound that is nothing short of inspiring.

The son of prominent New York painters, he was destined towards music at an early age. Raised and immersed in the City's downtown art and music culture, Sellenraad was able to focus all his energies and talent toward the guitar

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Richard Niles

I am an American composer, arranger, producer, guitarist, broadcaster and journalist - living in London. I was called "one of the most versatile men in modern music" by Sound On Sound magazine because of my extensive work across many genres. Credits include POP: Paul McCartney, Westlife, Mariah Carey, Boyzone, Cher, Tina Turner, Lulu, Cilla Black, Tears For Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Wet Wet Wet, Ronan Keating, Take That, Was (Not Was), Hue & Cry, Samantha Mumba, Heather Small, and Kylie Minogue. R&B: James Brown, Joe Cocker, Dusty Springfield, Michael McDonald, Bobby Womack, Jimmy Ruffin, Deniece Williams, Randy Crawford, and Gloria Gaynor. JAZZ: Pat Metheny, Bob James, Chris Hunter, The Yellowjackets, Guy Barker, Incognito, Morrissey-Mullen, Jim Mullen, Silje Nergaard, Michel Legrand, Gary Husband. CLASSICAL: Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe and Kiri Te Kanawa. My songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Kid Creole, Deniece Williams, Bobby Womack, Silje Nergaard, Clive Griffin and Spike Milligan. My jazz orchestra, BANDZILLA began life on Grace Jones's "Slave To The Rhythm" (1985) and Ruby Wax's first TV series "Don't Miss Wax"

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Eugene Grey

EUGENE GREY is an internationally traveled and acclaimed Jamaican guitarist, arranger, composer, and music educator. According to Rootz Reggae & Kulcha magazine, “Eugene Grey is yet another of the many genius guitarists of world class status that Jamaica has produced” playing professionally from the age of 14. Eugene has toured worldwide as lead guitarist with such artists as Grammy Award winners Burning Spear and Toots and the Maytals, Sly and Robbie as well as Culture, Fab 5, and the internationally acclaimed Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Other artists Eugene has performed with include Max Romeo whom he toured with for the first time in Europe, Horace Andy, Big Youth, The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, America’s Singing Poet Steve DePass, West Africa’s Abdou M’Boup and Vieux Diop, Tony Cafresi and His Latin Orchestra, The Wailers, and The Skatalites. Another aspect of Eugene’s career included performing as musician in theatre musicals

Special Purpose

Combining vintage keyboards and lead guitar, Special Purpose blends psychedelic sounds with earthy elements of funk and jazz. The band has been playing shows in the Portland, Oregon area since 2016 with some of the best musicians in the city. Their debut instrumental album Password, written by guitarist Lance Vallis, was released in 2019 and features Paul Paresa on keyboards (Sweet n’ Juicy, Cloud 6), Hunter Parmentier on bass (Stephen Marley), and Forest Carter on drums (Far Out West, Giraffe Dodgers).

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Ron Carlson

Ron Carlson is a Kansas City based guitarist who enjoys playing jazz standards. He also plays guitar with a horn based classic rock band called Hard At Play. Ron recently released a new CD titled Kind Folk in memory of the jazz artists Kenny Wheeler and Charlie Haden. Kind Folk is published by the Artists Recording Collective (ARC- 2635) and includes an all star quintet and three vocalists. Some of the prominent Kansas City area venues Ron has performed at include the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum, the Folly Theatre, college jazz recitals, country clubs, the Lucky Brewgrille Restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza and many more

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Jamey Arent

Jamey Arent is a guitarist, songwriter, and singer based in Los Angeles, described by Guitar Player Magazine as "a stunning player straddling blues, jazz, and rock." Born in Denver, Jamey picked up the guitar at the of age 12, when he first heard the Beatles. After completing a degree in jazz studies from the Oberlin Conservatory, he moved to Los Angeles to get a master's degree in studio/jazz guitar from USC and begin his career as a gigging musician. As a sideman, Jamey has performed and recorded with artists like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Matthew Morrison, B. Slade, Spencer Day, Nigel Hall, and Raquel Rodriguez

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Tom Newman

Tom Newman is a real, true musician. Boiling in his veins is the talent of a true musical icon. With modesty, diligence and passion, Tom Newman works in every performance to create a musical atmosphere so fierce each audience member is left breathless and inspired. Tom Newman is a native Washingtonian who started formally studying guitar at age 15 and turned professional before his 16th birthday. “I can remember traveling to Northern Virginia from Northwest DC by myself when I was 15 to practice for performances I had with guys three times my age.” His independence and maturity landed him many performance and learning opportunities at a young age