Ãlève

Élève is the music project of João Ritter. Born in Brazil, João grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is currently a first-year student at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

His compositions piece together a series of acoustic guitar, orchestral, and synthetic sounds to create a mysterious and surreal setting.

"The World and Its Mistress" is Élève's first studio album, released in March of 2013.

With a 21-string electric guitar, Jay Manley writes everything from fingerstyle experimental pieces to alt pop fresh from an Indian raga influenced realm. This is all done in a subtle way from a singer/songwriter/composer perspective. It is an exciting blend of western voice and eastern tradition.

With a life devoted to guitar, Jay Manley branched out by studying North Indian Classical music with vocalist Madhumita Sen Saha. An already present cornucopia of rock, jazz, blues instrumental styles is merging with this new influence.

The Saraswati Guitar is a 21-string instrument designed and built by Wes Lambe for Jay Manley. It is based on eight-string guitar designs, and draws inspiration from Novax Guitars and Linda Manzer's work. To voice the instrument, a Saraswati Veena recording was used as a reference point because it resembled an electric guitar tone naturally. The semi-hollow body is mahogany with ivoroid binding. The necks are maple with ebony fretboards, piezo and Kent Armstrong pickups handmade pickups. The main neck has fanned fret yielding a different scale length for each sting. The result is a very balanced tone.

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Élève with Jay Manley

Wednesday, October 30 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Local 506