The Advancing Guitar/The State of the Art

David Thomas Bailey

Nobody escapes their roots, right? Music from Cuba, the Balkans, Appalachia, whether high art music or simple folk music, still maintains the essence of a unique musical culture. Some people like the term roots music. Well my roots are in southwest Denver, along the neighborhoods lining South Federal Boulevard. Here, my unique musical culture, my roots music, spread from punk rock like the Minutemen to nortena. In high school, I played in rock bands while working fast food to finance jazz guitar lessons at Brentwood Music. At this time I gained a love for musical scholarship and earned a music degree at the University of Colorado at Denver and then a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. Although I love jazz music, I have adopted the term post-jazz to define my music; I felt inspiration from my roots that was too strong to ignore. My musical goals are now to take all the music that have made my southwest Denver life unique and apply the improvisational processes I have learned from jazz music. The result is hopefully to make something new and descriptive of my life in the American West.

I currently play a couple of Greg German seven-string guitars which allow me to occupy bass and guitar roles simultanioulsy. I play these instruments in three principle projects:

1. FaceMan, a rock trio in Denver, CO. Through this band, I have been able to travel with music, so far make three great records, and write horn arrangements for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Rebirth Brass Band

3. Micro Marauder, a duo with Dean Hirschfield on drums. Old friends exploring the the outer rims of improvisation. We have a record set to release in late spring 2014. As well, we have a completed recording collaborating with NYC/former Denver bassist Mike Brown!

3. I also freelance as a studio musician and ad hoc musician in Denver. Most recently, I completed a record on the bass with Chris McGarry and the Insomniacs. I played bass and guitar on the upcoming Jesse Manley EP (with Shawn King from Devotchka). I wrote the horn arrangement for the latest Knew record, Man Monster!

I also have completed two seasons of a new endeavor where I am writing music for specific locations in Denver, click on the link beneath the picture for more information on the Locus Project.

Dave Devine

Denver resident, Indy native, Player of musics, Owner of guitars

Farrell Lowe

Roger Green

master of the ambient guitar

Janet Feder

A native of Boulder, Colorado Janet Feder is most widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar. She has been featured on numerous recordings, radio programs, and film scores.

Solo projects include Songs with Words (2012), Ironic Universe, a CD & DVD featuring Fred Frith (AdHoc Records/USA 2006), and Speak Puppet (ReR Recommended Records/UK 2001), as well as many compilations for Zerx Records (Albuquerque, NM; 1999-07). She also appears on 156 Strings produced by Henry Kaiser for Cuneiform Records (USA, 2002) and Nevermetaguitar produced by Elliott Sharp for Clean Feed Records (Portugal, 2010), both featuring works of the most innovative guitar players worldwide today.

Feder's most recent album, Songs With Words, was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound and is currently available on both vinyl and SACD. Deeply layered, textured and intimate, the recording features Janet's signature prepared guitar compositions accompanying her voice.

Janet teaches extensively in the United States and tours both solo and with her duo cowhause (with Colin Bricker, live electronics) from both coasts of the U.S. to the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Austria and Israel. She performs and collaborates with a thoroughly diverse landscape of great musicians including Fred Frith, Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser, Bill Frisell, Elliott Sharp, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Amy Denio, Chris Cutler, Mike Johnson/Thinking Plague, Susie Asado, Nikmat Hatraktor, Paolo Angeli, Wu Fei, Thomas Dimuzzio, Tatsuya Nakatani and Erin McKeown.

Ryan Feigl

I'm a Denver native working on new music projects that range from conventionally composed to improvised and experimental.

Currently, I play guitar and electronics with the experimental music group Sonic Pixels and also with an indie-chamber group gigging under the name light-like intervals.



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