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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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Teis Semey

Teis Semey (1993) was born in rural Denmark and found his interest in music at the age of 7. After shuffling between playing piano and playing guitar, he settled on guitar. Moving to Sweden in 2007, he started studying music in a specialised programme for young jazz talents in the city Malmö. After a brief year in Stockholm, studying jazz guitar and classical composition, classical piano and jazz guitar, he moved to Amsterdam, earning a bachelors and masters degree in jazz guitar in the Conservatory of Amsterdam, studying under Jesse van Ruller, Reinier Baas, Maarten vd Grinten, Matiss Cudars, George Dumitriu and Martijn van Iterson. Teis Semey draws influences from all around: the works of Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Ravel as well as Wayne Shorter, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, Audioslave, Kurt Rosenwinkel and John Coltrane. Teis Semey has released one CD as a band leader; “Where The Fence is the Highest” (2019, TRPTK) along with “Pull a String, a Puppet Moves” with PULL (2015, Loumi Records) and “Rotterdam Suite” by The New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra (2019). Teis has performed in venues such as Blue Whale (Los Angeles) and Bimhuis (Netherlands)

Sol Roots

Sol Roots is a world-class guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and recording artist who began his musical experiences performing with soul, funk, and blues luminaries such as Guitar Gabriel, Captain Luke, and Cool John Ferguson. Sol has studied a variety of fingerpicking styles at which he excels, and he plays an array of original, traditional, and cover songs. His talent stretches from fiery rock to laid-back jazz, and from funky innovative grooves to soulful ballads, always drawing on a deep background in blues. Leading a collaboration of professional musicians from the southeast and mid-atlantic US, Sol is no stranger to the road

Billy Joe Wiseman

Billy Joe Wiseman is an undeniably talented guitarist, having gained industry recognition and a fan following for his chops as an award-winning independent performer, session guitarist for Virgin Artists, and Guitar Chair for both the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra and Hilton Hotels. In addition to teaching and coaching the popular female pop band Haim, Billy Joe has accompanied countless artists across the globe, including Paula Abdul, Joe Sample, Maynard Ferguson, Charo, Tony Newton, Doc Severinsen, Gladys Knight, John Klemmer, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Ed Shaughnessy,  Joe Williams, Louie Bellson, Brandon Fields, and slew of others

Maryanne Reall

Whether it's jazz, blues, a French tune or a sly “tongue in cheek” pop tune, critics, fans and musicians agree that vocalist Maryanne Reall has a distinctive way of taking you on an intimate adventure with her innate musicality, warm mellifluous tone, subtle caressing of each lyric and tastefully selected repertoire. A native New Englander, music has always been Maryanne’s passion. This passion and her dream to live in ‘California’, inspired by Joni Mitchell’s song, were both realized back in the 90’s. Since then, she’s appeared at countless venues from clubs and festivals to some of L.A.'s top jazz rooms including the world-renown Catalina Jazz Club, the World Stage Performance Gallery and the Southern California Jazz Festival

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Dan Arcamone

Artist Recording Collective artist, Dan Arcamone is a guitarist, composer, and educator hailing from Norwalk, CT. As a composer and performer, Arcamone’s powerful yet elegant style has been winning over audiences and critics alike. A diverse player, Arcamone is equally at home creating beautiful, arcing melodies on a ballad as he is taking the reins on a burning, rock-fused solo, qualities that have caused him to make waves as both a leader and sideman. Dan has performed and/or recorded alongside Sean Nowell, Mark Small, Brad Mason, Jen Allen, Thierry Arpino, Marko Djordjevic, Henry Lugo, Rich Zurkowski, Nathan Peck, Janek Gwizdala, Justin Vasquez, Martin Bejerano, Thomson Kneeland, Kenny Grohowski, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Joe Abba, Damian Curtis, Zaccai Curtis, and Damon Grant, among other great musicians

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Alexander Sill

"Alex Sill is one of those rare talented individuals that has all the elements in place... He’s embraced the Jazz idiom and his fingers dance through it effortlessly while his inspired inner ear guides him through new melodic discoveries. He has a wonderful command of the compositional tools necessary to recognize his inner musical inspirations and make them real in the world in beautiful and generous expressions while still honoring the melody. It’s nice to see a young person have such a passion for this style of music. He is one of the vital players that has the potential to raise the Jazz bar." - Steve Vai Bolstered by his family’s background, Alex Sill began playing guitar and piano at age 12 and progressed briskly, amassing both prestigious awards and acclaimed mentors over the following decade

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Nicolas Vera

Nicolas Vera (35), is a guitarist and composer born in Concepción (Chile). In 1999 he starts collaborating with different musicians in Santiago, such as Christian Gálvez, Pancho Molina, Sebastián Jordán, Agustín Moya, among others. In 2003 he publishes his first album “Fiasco Contemporáneo” in Santiago, Chile, together with well known musicians of his generation (Félix Lecaros, Sebastián Jordán, Agustín Moya, Pablo Menares, Carlos Cortés). Since then he has published 5 albums as a leader as well as many collaborations: “Chile Finlandia Connection” (2011 - Mikko Innannen, André Sumelius), “La Resistencia” (2013 - Melissa Aldana, Pablo Menares), and others; "Eterno Retorno" - La Resistencia (2016); "Live At Thelonious" - Jure Pukl Quartet (2016); "La Rueda del Tiempo" - Vera / Menares / Lecaros (2016). He has toured Chile, Argentina, Belgium, México, and has played with Greg Osby, Aaron Parks, Drew Gress, Melissa Aldana, Leo Genovese, Mikko Innanen, André Sumelius, Glenn Zaleski, Jure Pukl, Gianni Gagliardi, Rodrigo Recabarren. In 2010 he co-founded Discos Pendiente, an independent jazz record label based in Chile.

Sea Rocket Jasmine

Keyboardist Richard Bugbee formed Sea Rocket Jasmine with Dave Halverson, guitarist and founder of Bay Area art-rock band Trance Lucid. Based in Houston, TX and Santa Barbara, CA, Sea Rocket Jasmine is dedicated to recorded instrumental music that goes in new directions while staying rooted in tradition.

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Ludmil Krumov

Ludmil Krumov is a Bulgarian guitarist specializing in contemporary jazz and world fusion. His guitar style incorporates wide diversity of techniques such as sweep and alternate picking , rich articulation and dynamic phrasing. Technically fluent, he uses the entire neck of the instrument to play lines involving horizontal and vertical melodic approach, wide intervals and modal diversity in a virtuoso way without compromising musicality. His improvisations incorporate the language of bebop, modern jazz and blues spiced up with eastern European and Balkan ornamentation and complex additive rhythms