Sean McGowan is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who earned his DMA in guitar performance from the University of Southern California. Currently, he is based in Denver, Colorado where he directs the guitar program at the University of Colorado. Sean has conducted master-classes at Berklee College of Music, USC, the University of Maine and Bowdoin College. He has been a featured artist at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, the Newport Guitar Festival, and the Classic American Guitar Show. He is the author of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials published by String Letter.
“…Guitarists will weep yet laugh with delight as they try to figure out what he is doing, and history will remember Sean as one of the most important guitarists of his generation.” Tuck Andress
Dylan Ryche is a composer/performer based in Toronto. In 2012 he was the first place winner in the prestigious Canadian Fingerstyle Championship. Dylan’s inspiration spans a very diverse group of musicians including Don Ross, Yes, Journey and Dream Theater. Drawing from these artists he has developedhis own brand of music. He made his recording debut in 2011 with his aptly named Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar project. Today Dylan can be heard playing around Ontario both solo and with fellow virtuoso musicians Ewan Dobson, Maneli Jamal and Calum Graham.
Eric Lugosch is one of the most creative heads of the American acoustic guitar scene. Like his colleague Duck Baker – who is also one of his greatest fans – he very skillfully combines technical know-how with musical expressiveness. Lugosch is a fellow who tinkers, who consistently seeks musical depth in his arrangements and whose artistic concept is marked by both respect of tradition as well as uncompromising originality. His spectrum of color embraces the entire range of American music, be that ragtime, blues, R&B or jazz. The hallmark of this American fingerstylist consists of an elegant, vigorous tone and a twinkling humor while playing, that inevitably peers charmingly through his music. Lugosch, who hails from Philadelphia, chalked up his first musical experience as a singer in the "Philadelphia Boys Choir," – an experience that continues to echo in him to this day: "I began listening to music with an ear for the orchestral. Motifs and lines are still central elements in my way of composing." At the age of twelve he started secretly practicing on his brother's guitar and delved into the pickings of Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt "For me, it was solo guitar right from the start", Lugosch recalls. "I experimented a great deal, worked out lines, and was always on the lookout for the orchestral sound of the instrument." He seems to have found it, even winning the 1984 "National Fingerpicking Championship." Eric Lugosch lives in Evanston, Illinois, where he writes, teaches and continues developing his own personal vision of fingerstyle guitar beyond all clichés. http://www.ericlugosch.com
Roger Hudson holds a Master of Music degree from Georgia State University. He studied classical guitar with Fred Sabback, Christopher Berg, John Sutherland and Master Class study with Christopher Parkening. His music has been featured with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and on the Martha Stewart Show. In 2010 his song cycle entitled The Sayings Of Yogi Berra was premiered at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Roger’s solo guitar compositions mix jazz and pop influences with classical tradition. The Roger Hudson Guitar Collection was published in 2000. He was a regular contributor to Fingerstyle Guitar magazine for many years and had over twenty pieces featured in the magazine. Classical Guitar magazine describes Roger’s music as “sparkling and wonderful.”
Tim Lerch had the good fortune to study guitar with Ted Greene, Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, and Jimmy Wyble, and is one of Seattle’s most respected and well-rounded musicians musicians. He currently performs with Lee Oskar and Friends, The Mark Dufresne Blues Band, The John Stowell/Tim Lerch Duo, Danny Vernon and the DeVilles, The Sandy Carbary, and The Tim Lerch Trio. He is a respected teacher with a busy schedule of private lessons, classes and workshops. For those not in the Seattle area, Tim is now offering online lessons. Recent releases include the Instructional DVD Blues Guitar Road Trip for Guitar Axis/Hal Leonard; Master-class Videos for jazzguitarsociety.com, and The Tim Lerch Trio Live at Emerald City Guitars DVD and a short set of instructional videos for Jetcitymusic.com.
Joe LoPiccolo is a guitarist and composer whose work is influenced by Classical, Jazz and World Music styles. Guitarist Andrew York, formerly of the Grammy Award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet stated: "Having exceptional ability in both classical and jazz genres is very rare; Joe excels in both styles."
Joe is a graduate of The California Institute of the Arts, receiving his BFA in Jazz Guitar and his MFA in Guitar Performance. He is guitar a member of the faculty at Mt. San Antonio College and College of the Canyons in Los Angeles. Joe has authored two instructional texts, Guitar Mosaic and Improvisation for Guitarists. He was a contributor to Andrew York's Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats series by Alfred.
Joe has released three CDs: Journey, Passages and Night. Joe is an endorsee of La Bella strings and Godin Guitars.
Steve Herberman is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music, and has performed at fabled venues including Birdland in NYC, Spazio in Los Angeles, the NAMM shows in Anaheim, California and Nashville, Tennesse, and most recently at the North Wales Jazz Guitar weekend in the U.K. as a featured guest artist. Closer to home, he has performed at Blues Alley, the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, and the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts. Steve has taught at Towson University in Baltimore since 1999 as an adjunct faculty member and has presented master classes in the U.K., and at many universities across the U.S. He has also written instructional material for Downbeat magazine, Mel Bay’s Guitar Sessions, Just Jazz Guitar magazine, the National Guitar Workshop newsletter and columns for Modern Guitars webzine. He is an online instructor for www.mikesmasterclasses.com, and was featured on the cover of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine in Febuary 2009.
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Composer, musician, and author; Dennis McCorkle has been a motivating influence in the music and publishing industry for over forty years. Born in Ocean City, NJ, Mr. McCorkle’s aptitude for music had been recognized early on, and by his senior year in high school, he was teaching Adult Continuing Education classes at Stockton State College and privately at local music stores.
It was during this time he auditioned for and was accepted as a guitarist in the United States Navy Band. Leaving the military he attended American University and studied with Frank Mullen, John Marlow, “protégé of Segovia,” and Dennis Sandole, with whom the legendary John Coltrane, Art Farmer, James Moody, and Pat Martino had also studied.
McCorkle has a catalog of over two hundred compositions for guitar, voice, musical theater, and orchestra that are presently available from SheetMusicPlus.com. He has been also published by Mel Bay, Music Minus One/Pocket Songs, Hal Leonard Corporation, Music Sales, LTD., Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, Kimbo Educational, and Warner Bros. Music.
In addition, he has written and published numerous books on the Bible including: The Chronological Gospels of Jesus, Understanding the Timeline of the Bible, The Instruments of the Bible, and The Davidic Cipher, a breakthrough work on the deciphering the Hebrew trope, included in the History Channel’s presentation “In Search of King David’s Harp.” Mr. McCorkle presently resides in Glastonbury, Connecticut where he continues to write, teach, and perform.