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TIM BEDNER is an award-winning teacher with over 30 years of performance experience. He is a member of the guitar faculty at Carleton University’s Music department, where he founded and directs the Carleton Contemporary Guitar Ensemble. He has co-authored A Common Sense Approach to Improvisation with jazz guitar legend Joe Negri, published by Mel Bay. He has performed throughout Ontario and the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., sharing a stage with artists as diverse as national fingerstyle champion Pat Donohue; Broadway diva Bernadette Peters; jazz guitarists John Abercrombie, Lorne Lofsky, Gene Bertoncini, and Bill Coon; saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake; Pittsburgh veteran jazz drummer Roger Humphries; George Garzone and John Lockwood of the Fringe. Tim’s CD, Of Light and Shadow (2012), debuted at #1 on the CMJ Jazz Charts, and has been receiving favourable critical acclaim in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. www.timbedner.com

 

 


BRANDON BERNSTEIN began studying guitar at age 14. After a semester at Berklee College of Music, he attended Concordia University (BA in Jazz Performance, 2003), the University of Louisville (Master’s in Jazz Performance, 2005) and the University of Southern California (DMA in Studio/Jazz Guitar, 2008). Writing for Just Jazz Guitar and Jazz Improv Magazine, he co-authored a book on jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel (Mel Bay). Brandon has lectured in Malaysia (2006) and in Italy (2008) at the International Society of Music Education Conference (ISME) and has performed and/or studied with artists from Wynton Marsalis and Jamey Aebersold to The Vanguard All-Stars and Ed Shaughnessy to guitarists Gene Bertincini, Ben Monder, and Larry Coryell. Brandon is an adjunct professor at Cypress College and Pasadena City College, gigging regularly throughout Los Angeles. www.brandon-bernstein.com

 


JULIEN BISAILLON started playing guitar at age 9. Beginning at l’École de musique de l’Outaouais, he then studied with Patrick Roux at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau completing a Superior Music Study Diploma in guitar and chamber music graduating with great distinction in 2003. He has received scholarships and awards including: first place, Canadian Music Competition; third place, Lachine International Guitar Competition and Clermont-Pépin Music Competition; semi-finalist, 2004 Guitar Foundation of America competition; numerous Wilfrid-Pelletier Foundation scholarships for academic excellence; sponsored summer sessions at the Domaine Forget in Charlevoix. Julien has performed for guitar greats including: Leo Brouwer, Pepe Romero, Sergio Assad, Pavel Steidl, and Scott Tenant. Graduating from the Université de Montréal (2006) with a doctorate in guitar performance supervised by Peter McCutcheon, Julien enjoys a busy career performing with various chamber music ensembles, including the renowned Canadian Guitar Quartet. He teaches at l’ÉMOI and maintains a busy private studio. www.classicalguitarcanada.ca/2010/11/an-interview-with-julien-bisaillon


AMY BRANDON started teaching herself guitar in her teens before attending Carleton University in Ottawa (BMus, 2006). She has had the good fortune to study with guitarists Wayne Eagles, Roddy Ellias, and Garry Elliott. She has also participated in masterclasses with Sheryl Bailey, David Occhipinti, Bob Mintzer, Cecil Bridgewater and Chris Rosenberg. A solo performer, she enjoys drawing from both the jazz and classical worlds and has played throughout the Maritimes and in Ontario. In 2011 she won a Nova Scotia Culture and Heritage grant to pursue further jazz studies in New York City. Amy has composed music for short film and video projects for the University of Ottawa and Routes to Roots (Tourism Nova Scotia). www.amybrandon.ca

 


JEROME DUCHARME won the 2005 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, performing over 40 recitals and masterclasses across North America as part of the winner’s tour. He’s also been awarded: first prize at the 2003 Montréal International Competition, third prize at the 2004 GFA competition, and third prize plus the prize of the public at the 2004 Guitare-Anthony International Competition in France. Performing and adjudicating regularly for guitar societies, universities and festivals, Jérôme holds a diploma from the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique de Montréal and a doctorate degree from Université de Montréal. In 2003-2004, he spent a year studying under the guidance of Oscar Ghiglia and Stephan Schmidt in Switzerland. Jérôme is currently a classical guitar instructor at the Schulish School of Music of McGill University in Montréal and recorded a CD on the Naxos label, praised by critics. He will soon record a CD featuring the music of Canadian composer Patrick Roux and will release a DVD with the MelBay label this autumn. www.jeromeducharme.ca

 


WAYNE EAGLES has worked with Adam Nussbaum, Billy Kilson, Ian Froman, Rob Frayne, Mike Milligan, The Platters, Ken Rosser and The Bitches Brew Tribute Band. A guitar performance instructor at Carleton University’s Music department since September 1992, he’s been director of their fusion ensemble since September 2007. Maintaining a busy private teaching practice, Wayne has three music-related degrees. Musical instrument manufacturers, radio stations, and cultural agencies have supported his work while his performance history includes Canadian jazz festivals, university showcases, and extensive club work. Praised by Guitar Player and Cadence magazines, as well as the All About Jazz and Audiophile Imports websites, his recordings include: REGALS - The Double-Duo Sessions (2011); Milligan-Eagles Project (2005); and How’s Now? (2000). “Wayne Eagles: Soaring Where There are No Barriers” was the cover story of the September/October 2009 issue of Muzik Etc. www.wayneeagles.com

 

 


RODDY ELLIAS is one of Canada’s most respected guitarists, equally at home with contemporary new music, jazz, or classical repertoire. His dynamism and consistent pursuit of harmonic and melodic adventure highlight his consummate musicianship. He's played duet with other guitarists including Vic Juris, Gene Bertoncini, Lorne Lofsky, and David Occhipinti, showcasing his versatility and generosity as a player. Whether solo guitar, grooving with the band, or collaborating with others, Roddy is a compelling performer. Active since 1969, he's toured Canada, the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Roddy has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Nat Adderley, Slide Hampton, Cleo Laine, Michel Donato, Mel Torme, Rob McConnell, the Montreal Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Known for taking music to unexpected places, his melodic, compositional solos are his improvisational trademark. www.roddyellias.com 


GARRY ELLIOTT is a versatile guitarist specializing in classical and jazz. He received a Bachelor of music degree from the University of Ottawa where he studied with Michael Strutt. Garry has participated in masterclasses with David Russell and Manuel Barruecco. As a classical guitarist, Garry frequently performs solo and in duos and, with flutist Gertrude Létourneau, released the CD Habañera. He has performed and recorded with composer/ guitarist Roddy Ellias, and the tango nuevo ensemble Norteño. Very active on the Ottawa jazz scene, Garry and Ottawa pianist Steve Boudreau will be releasing a CD of all original material within the next few months. Notable live appearances include the Montreal and Ottawa Jazz Festivals, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and the Westben Music Festival. Often recording for the CBC and Radio Canada, Garry teaches classical and jazz guitar for Carleton University as well as privately. www.facebook.com/ClassicalandJazzGuitarInstructioninOttawa

 

 

 


OSKAR GRAF has been designing and building stringed instruments for an exclusive and appreciative group of musicians since 1970. Oskar's extensive knowledge and dedication to his art are reflected in the creation of his guitars. Raised and educated in Berlin, he apprenticed as a cabinetmaker and studied design. In 1968 he moved to Canada and settled near Clarendon, Ontario. Oskar started with simple folk instruments but soon moved to the more challenging construction of classical and steel string guitars. To date Oskar has single-handedly built over 400 guitars and is internationally known for his exceptional instruments. Oskar's instruments are in the collections of the Museum of Civilization and the music faculties of Carleton University, Queens University and the Hochschule fuer Musik (Berlin). Oskar conducts workshops in guitar making and its history, has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, plus featured on CBC TV, CJOH TV Ottawa, and TV Ontario. www.grafguitars.com

 

 


 

LUCAS HANEMAN started playing the guitar at age 6, originally focusing on folk and blues, but delving into jazz and alt rock as a teenager. In May 2011, Lucas released This is What’s Up, an album of original jazz material. He also recorded and released Boundary Lines with Montreal-based Robbie Sinclair & the Beggars Laughing, touring across Canada Fall 2011.  In November 2011 Second Nature was released by St. Ange. Busy leading his own solo and ensembles projects, he also works with Elyssa Mahoney and Go Long(!).  Lucas received the prestigious Oscar Peterson jazz scholarship from Concordia University, completing a Bachelors of Fine Arts with great distinction specializing in Jazz Studies in 2010. Among his other awards: 1st Place, CNIB’s National I Factor Competition (2010); People’s Choice, 2nd Place Jazz & Finger-style Awards, Montreal Guitar Grand Prix (2007); Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship (2006); CBC Galaxie Rising Star scholarship, Ottawa International Jazz festival (2005). www.lucashaneman.com

 

 

 


VIC JURIS began his professional career in the early 1970s through appearances and recordings with Phil Woods, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miroslav Vitous. He participated in the jazz fusion movement with the Barry Miles group and in duets with Larry Coryell. His virtuosity and creativity on both acoustic and electric ensembles allowed him record and perform with an extensive roster of jazz legends, including David Liebman, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Peacock, John Abercrombie, Bireli Lagrene and Lee Konitz. A master of fluid lyricism, subtle phrasing and engaging harmonies, Vic is a prolific composer who has recorded for the Steeplechase label and Mel Bay Records. A dedicated music educator and author, he’s on faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and the Jazz & Contemporary Music Program at New School University in New York City. www.vicjurisjazz.com

 


ANDREW MAH was born in Ottawa into a family of guitarists. He has performed professionally for more than 17 years, touring France in 1990 with Guitares Nouvelle France and premiering some of the earliest work of Canadian guitarist/composer Patrick Roux. In 2005, Andrew Mah was the first musician from the Americas to tour the Republic of Cape Verde (West Africa), returning later the same year to research the regional guitar styles of guitarists Bau and Voginha. In 2006, he performed two concerts of Cape Verdean and Brazilian music at Yale University in both solo and chamber music capacities. That same year, Mah traveled to the Czech Republic to produce the North Czech Philharmonic recording the symphonies of Vasco Martins, and toured Atlantic Canada as a soloist under the auspices of Debut Atlantic. Awarded two grants from the Canada Council for the Arts grants, Mah is collaborating with composers Roddy Ellias (Ottawa) and Vasco Martins (Cape Verde). www.andrewmah.com


ALAN MARSDEN has a B.A. in Music Performance and has regularly taught guitar students part-time through the Carleton University performance program. He has experience performing as a soloist, with string quartets, flutists, small guitar orchestras, jazz bands, funk, folk, blues bands, flamenco, celtic, and is featured on several Ottawa area band and solo/instrumental recordings. He is currently obsessed with writing romantic classical guitar music, working on Bach’s Partita #2 for Violin, and acts as Co-ordinator for Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest’s Be in the Band program. He is the current director of The Ottawa Folklore Centre's School Of Music. www.ottawafolklore.com/2010/08/alan-marsden 

 

 

 

 

BEN MONDER has been a musician in the New York area for 25 years, performing with a variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Tim Berne, and Kenny Wheeler. He is a member of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and played in the Paul Motian Octet, among many other projects. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory from 2002-2005. Ben continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 100 CDs as a sideman, and has released 4 as a leader: Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005), Excavation (Arabesque, 2000), Dust (Arabesque, 1997), and Flux (Songlines,1995). www.benmonder.com

 

 

 


 

STEVE PITICCO was born in Toronto in 1961, beginning guitar at age eleven. The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has continually recognized his talent, awarding him Guitar Player of the Year and Overall Instrumentalist in Canadian Country Music multiple times. The DCMA in The Netherlands has honoured Steve with five Gram Awards for International Instrumentalist. Formed in 1989, Steve’s band South Mountain was awarded the 1991 Vista Rising Star Award by the Canadian Country Music Association and International Group of the Year from the DCMA in 2001 and 2003. The group continues to tour extensively in Canada, Europe and Scandinavia where Steve is also in demand for guitar clinics.  He has performed or recorded with renowned players including: Mark O'Connor, Don Reed, Merle Haggard, Tommy Hunter, Ray Flacke, and Albert Lee. www3.sympatico.ca/spiticco/home.htm

 


SYLVIE PROULX is a virtuoso Canadian guitarist who has performed throughout Canada, the United States and England. A champion of new works, she’s acclaimed for her exceptional musicality and remarkable technique. In addition to solo and orchestral work, Sylvie enjoys the collaborative aspect of chamber music. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Universities of Ottawa and Toronto, studying with Ed Honeywell and Eli Kassner. With support from the Canada Arts Council, she studied in England with David Russell. A well-known broadcaster and pedagogue, her talents for instruction and performance were showcased in the popular television program Guitare en Mains. Her affinity for South American music is displayed on the recordings: Tango Nuevo – The Music of Astor Piazzolla, and Piazzolla’s Concerto for Guitar & Bandoneon. Sylvie currently teaches guitar at Memorial University’s School of Music and recently released the solo recording Sirocco. www.sylvieproulx.ca

 

 


STEVE RAEGELE is an Ottawa-born, Montreal-based guitarist, educator and composer. His debut CD as a leader is entitled Last Century, released in 2011 on the Songlines label. Featuring drummer Thom Gossage and bassist Miles Perkin, the trio interprets 11 Raegele compositions that straddle the lines between improvisation and organized sound. Steve has studied with Roddy Ellias and Justin Haynes as well as with faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts including Dave Douglas, Ari Hoenig, Joe Lovano and Tony Malaby. He has performed with Drew Gress, Frank Lozano, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Remi Bolduc, Adrian Vedady, Besnard Lakes, and composer Nicole Lizee, among others. www.songlines.com/lastcenturycontent.html

 

 

 


 

Canadian guitarist DON ROSS is known for his innovative fingerstyle technique and is considered one of the top guitarists in the world. In 1996 he won the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship for a record-setting second time; he had first won the title in 1988. One of the most influential musicians of his time, Ross rose to fame from humble, hardworking beginnings. Ross was born in 1960 in Montreal, Canada, to a musical family. By the time Ross was ten, he was experimenting with alternate tunings and fingerstyle technique. He is a self-taught musician who prefers writing and playing his own music to playing tunes written by others. His music mingles jazz, folk, rock, and classical styles. www.gobyfish.com


 

 

 

MIKE RUD is a jazz guitarist and music teacher currently living in Montreal. He has a performance diploma from Grant MacEwan College (1988) and a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University (1992). In 1994, Mike attended the Banff International Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts which led to an opportunity to study in New York with jazz guitarist Jim Hall (1995). In 1996, he returned to McGill for his Masters' degree. Mike has performed with Herb Ellis, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Joe La Barbera, Guido Basso, and John Stetch, among others. He has released three CDs as a leader, guesting on many others. Mike has taught and performed at McGill University, Western Washington University, Vancouver Community College, Grant MacEwan College, Keyano College, Red Deer College, Carleton University, the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, the Prairielands jazz camp, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. www.mikerud.com

 

 

 

GUILHERME VINCENS is an award-winning Brazilian guitarist who has showcased his musical and artistic abilities throughout Brazil, United States, Spain and Latin America. He has received over 12 awards in national and international guitar competitions. Guilherme holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Arizona, where he studied with Prof. Thomas Patterson and guest artist David Russell. An expert in popular and classical music alike, he records and performs in a wide range of ensembles and feature solo concerts. Guilherme has composed music for film and theatre and performs at contemporary music events (Eastman School of Music, the Festival Eu gostaria de ouvir in Brazil). Invited to the IV FIV Festival Internacional de Violão IV in Brazil, the most important guitar event in the country, Dr. Vincens is a full-time professor at the Federal University of São João Del Rei (UFSJ) in Minas Gerais, Brazil and in demand internationally as a performer and lecturer. www.myspace.com/guilhermevincens

 


MATTHEW WARNOCK is a Canadian guitarist with degrees from McGill University (Montreal), Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo), and in a DMA in jazz performance from the University of Illinois. He has held faculty positions at Western Illinois University, Leeds College of Music and the Interlochen Arts Camp. While at WIU, he built the guitar studio and established the WIU International Guitar Festival. Matt maintains a strong focus on high school and collegiate jazz education and has given workshops and lectures throughout the US, UK, Canada and Brazil. Maintaining an active on-line presence, Matt serves as editor and contributor to several publications, and is the author of numerous articles, books and smartphone apps. He is currently a Lecturer in Popular Music Studies at the University of Chester, UK. www.mattwarnockguitar.com