The Art of the State: guitar driven music by Dave Devine, Ryan Fiegl, and Roger Green (with many friends)

Dave Devine

Hailed as “Denver’s Guitar Guru” by Westword magazine, guitarist, composer, and educator Dave Devine is known throughout the Denver jazz and rock scene for his virtuosity as a performer, his versatility as an artist, and his keen ability to connect with and inspire his students. A self-admitted tone-obsessed pedal geek, his signature sound is one of dense layers, ambient washes, and lush sonic landscapes, all serving his goal of redefining the role of guitar in modern jazz.

Originally from Indianapolis, Devine moved to Denver in 2001 where he soon joined legendary Denver band The Czars. He toured across Europe with the group, including performances on the BBC London and Birmingham, and in 2006, he and singer John Grant toured the US in the Czars’ final incarnation as a duo.

Devine has performed with friends and artists across a wide span of genres, including Art Lande, Ron Miles, The Barr Brothers, Don Byron, Chuck Prophet, Marc Broussard, Janet Feder, Elliott Sharp, Matt Wilson, Ben Goldberg, Neil Halstead, and Sun Kil Moon. He also performs with national touring productions at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Most recently, Devine joined Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band at Eyeland Studios in Providence, RI for the recording of their fifth album Body and Shadow, out November 2017 on Blue Note Records.

His own projects have ranged in styles from experimental jazz (momenterra, Static Trio), and chamber pop (Greybird), to jazz metal (Hate Camels) and alternative rock (Delby L, who recorded their album Nine Skies with producer/engineer Steve Albini). Devine combines his diverse passions and influences into the music of his quartet, Dave Devine Relay, blending effect-heavy guitars, ambient noise, layered synths, and shifting meters into texturally rich instrumental pop songs.

Devine can be heard regularly around Denver with his group the Dave Devine Trio, performing instrumental versions of songs from every era and genre: jazz standards, surf rock, outlaw country, hip-hop, metal, folk, krautrock, grunge, disco, glam, and more. The Dave Devine Trio plays every first and last Friday of the month at Dazzle Jazz.

For the past five years, Devine has presented his chamber arrangements of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western scores annually in conjunction with the Denver Western Stock Show. The Good, The Bad, and the Devine is a show as much educational as it is entertaining, and currently features Tania Katz (vocals), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Patrick Lee (keyboards), and DeVotchKa members Tom Hagerman (violin), Jeanie Schroder (bass), and Shawn King (drums).

New projects in the works include Mountain Coast, a synth/guitar collaboration with ambient electronic artist Michael Bailey, and Invisible Bird, a modern jazz trio with trumpeter Shane Endsley and drummer Scott Amendola. Both groups expect to release debut albums later this year.

Dave Devine earned his undergrad in classical guitar performance at Butler University in Indianapolis. He earned a Performer’s Diploma in classical guitar performance and completed graduate work in jazz studies at Indiana University, where he was teaching assistant to David Baker. An educator at heart, Devine is Co-Director of the Jazz and American Improvised Music program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he has taught for the past 15 years.

Roger Green

master of the ambient guitarAs guitarist for The Czars (1997-2005), Roger Green wrote and produced music, including two full-length albums for Bella Union Records – a UK label founded by former members of the Cocteau Twins. The Czars toured Europe frequently, landing support slots for larger acts such as 16 Horsepower, David Gray, and The Flaming Lips. Often critically acclaimed, The Czars’ Goodbye made Uncut Magazine’s top 100 albums of 2004. After The Czars split up Roger released What Would This Be For? – a split CD with Porlolo (Public Service Records 2004) and Roger Green s/t (2005). He appears on jazz trumpeter Ron Miles album Blossom (Sterling Circle 2006). In 2006, Roger composed and conducted a large work for musicians and 25 typewriters, which was commissioned by the Belmar Lab of Art and Ideas. Clear Running Water (2007) is a blend of original and interpreted work – from Albert Ayler to Yoko Ono to John Denver. Roger’s guitar work also appears on local Denver releases: The Glenn Taylor Orchestra and Porlolo’s Meadows, and Bad Weather California. Roger's third full-length album, Harder to Tell (Niguum 2011) was given 4 stars by Uncut Magazine. Roger also produced and played on Denver legend Joe Sampson's Kill Our Friends (Fellow Creature 2012) and Esme Patterson's All Princes, I (Greater Than 2012). He has recently composed music for visual artist and dancer, Nick Cave's piece "Heard" and collaborated with writers such as Anne Waldman, Eleni Sikelianos and Selah Saterstrom. A new album of original material is due out Spring 2014.

Ryan Fiegl with Hunter Roberts and Amy Shelley

Known in Denver as an adventurous performer and composer, Ryan Fiegl has become a bit of chameleon, shifting from chamber music to rock and jazz improvisation with allusions to blues and country. His sound has been described as immersive and cavernous with bursts of visceral energy but also colorful and at times subtle.

Ryan is currently curating his first solo album with all original compositions and features creative efforts from Bret Sexton, Hunter Roberts, Amy Shelley, and Michael John McKee. He is also a new member of the murder-rock-gothic-opera collective, Lost Walks and is a frequent collaborator with The Bret Sexton Quartet and Faceman. His recent past also includes work with Jessica Mays, a brilliant composer and singer/songwriter now residing in New York City.

Also an educator, Ryan’s teaching encourages the development of a personal voice through discovery and experimentation. He has worked with The Playground Ensemble, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic bringing children in elementary schools the Young Composer’s Program - a curriculum designed to drive empowerment though creativity and also raise exposure to modern music.

$10.00 - $15.00


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