play primarily three guitars which are a Heritage 575 with almond
finish, a Heritage Eagle with a deep red finish and a nylon string
Montalvo "Negra-Plus" Flamenco guitar. The 575 is great
for gigs where I need high amplified volume without feed back.
The Eagle is great for that big woody sound amplified or acoustic.
I use the Montalvo guitar primarily for Brazilian bossa nova.
the last few years I have gotten very interested in exploring
Brazilian music. I have been studying guitar with Jack Gates and
learning the open chord voicings and rhythms of bossa nova and
samba. A great source for repertoire is the Songbook Series "Tom
Jobim" and "Bossa Nova" by Almir Chediak published
in Brazil. The "Tom Jobim" book has fingerings by Jobim.
Currently I am learning to sing Portuguese with the talented Brazilian
vocalist Claudia Villela
who teaches at Jazz Camp West and is based in the San Francisco
Bay area. It is so gratifying to learn the nuance and feeling
of this rich music. I have also been fortunate to study at Jazz
Camp West with Brazilian pianist Jovino
Santos Neto. He is a master of the music and shares his wide
knowledge with an inspiring enthusiasm.
My composing in recent years has leaned toward the Brazilian influence.
The pieces are bossa nova and samba forms that utilize the open
chord voicings and rhythms. My favorite Brazilian CD is Amoroso/Brasil
with Joao Gilberto.
produced a series of annual concerts from 1997-99 featuring primarily
original compositions with The Larry Stefl Group at the "Speak
Easy Theater" in Berkeley. The pieces I wrote explored African
and World Beat sounds utilizing the shakuhachi, digeredoo, native
flutes as well as percussion, drums, bass, vibes, tenor saxophone,
pocket trumpet and guitar. The group also performed the late
Sun Ras "Lights on a Satellite" with dancers and
also some poetry I wrote with free improvisation accompaniment.
Oakland, Ca. 94608
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