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Halloween Murder Ballad ExtraVaganza

Saturday, October 28, 2017

'Twas a dark and stormy night ...

I've been told many times that too many people die in my classes and concerts, so here we are, singing songs about it ...

We have assembled a great cast of executioners for this show. I'll be pickin' a couple of tunes along with a classical piece after an Edgar Allan Poe story. My great friend, Nikko will be here from Nelon, BC to do a couple of songs. A little birdie told me that Tim Williams will grace our show with a song or two. My good friend, Stephen Sheppard will be here with his upright bass. My neighbour and monster, Uri the Russian and Stephan will be here with the most demonic grooves. Who knows what else will go on - songs about murder, death and other good will


Nikko Forsberg House Concert

Saturday, November 18, 2017

This is my Rifle. This is my my gun ... There are many like it, but this one is mine ... Without my gun, I am useless. My rifle without me is useless ... Do you get it? This is me ... My guitar and my brain and heart are my rifle here to slaughter the idea of writers block or any limits to music playing or theory ... I didn't get here by taking it easy ... I took it by the gonads ... Heroes and foes alike assisted me in my findin the path to my true religion ... Music is my god ... I have 4 text books now and play jazz 4 nights a week and sing in one of the best metal bands in Western America ... What I have to offer is a never ending approach maze ... I don't even know where to begin ... I can take a bar of Bach and write 333 yeas of tunes with it no prob ... Anyway, I like most music, but jazz is my main outlet, so that is what I will perform at the concert ... I've been at this for 25 years ... Went to Mohawk in Hamilton for jazz 20 years ago and had some heavy stuff hurled on to me ... I love music ... I am a little rough around the edges ... Love time signatures and modal stuff ... I will be doing a masterclass on jazz pentatonics.

My gods have always used Pentatonics, man ... Ravi Shankar ... John Coltrane ... Bruce Lee ... Jimi Hendrix ... Sabbath ... Navajo Death Chants ... Man, they all got this stuff ... Pyramids ar 5 sided penta hedrons ... Somethin' about 5 note selections is real and very useful for any style ... Time to give the world a hand through going places instead of being stagnant. This is my rifle; this is my gun; this one's for fighting and this one's for fun ... Here's some tunes in different time signatures to prove I don't suck ... lol

Classic standards ... I will be playing some new tunes off an album I wrote for a chick in Los Angelos at the concert ... Thanks ... I don't wanna be anyone else ... I am me ... You won't forget it neither ... Nikko Forsgerg ... ps I'm bringin' some books to sell that you can't get at a store 'cause they are too taboo ... lol

Seriously just finished a book called Theory Porn Using Classical and Modern Cycles Superimposed ... If I was reading this I'd wanna hear and meet me ... See you there ... Self done bio, eh ... What are you gonna do, eh

Nikko will be doing an afternoon Clinic


Scott Arnold House Concert

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Scott Arnold, RMT (ARMT), Off-Campus Instructor (MRU), Guitarist, Banjoist, Trombonist, Composer, Arranger, Guitar Guru (CBC), Counter-Culture Nomad (CBC), Benevolent Dictator, Author, Photographer, Dog Sledder, self committed member of The Asylum for Art, all 'round nice guy and graw as ... (Tracy A Smith) believes that art is a reflection of society and making art is a balance of expressing your own beliefs within the framework of our culture, but at the same time advancing the language and technique and dedicating good time to ensure the next generation is capable of doing the same to carry the torch to the following generation

Scott spent his misguided youth playing classical piano and guitar before establishing himself as a late '80's metalhead in a rock and roll band. The downward spiral began in his late teens, when after years of abstinence, he took his first hit on his beloved classical guitar. He spent many years thereafter in GU (Guitaraholics Anonymous) working with mentors such as Norbert Kraft, Jeffery McFadden, Bob Erlendson and Pierre Gallant to name a few, sorting out his technique, direction and thought process. Scott has toured extensively across Canada and abroad, performing primarily Classical Guitar. To this date, he has recorded 2 Cd's of Classical guitar and published 5 collections of books on guitar theory and practice.

Today, when not in the mountains being pulled around by his 3 rowdy hounds, Scott devotes his time to teaching as an off campus instructor for MRU and as the inmate administrator of the Asylum for Art where he teaches a number of popular group guitar classes


Tim Williams House Concert

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Tim Williams, a 40 year veteran of the roots music scene in North America, is a blues-based singer/ songwriter/ multi- instrumentalist, and is in constant demand. Inspired by the Hillbilly and Western Swing music he heard as a child, Tim absorbed late Fifties Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, Hawaiian and Mexican music, early Sixties Folk, and Bluegrass “like a sponge” before discovering a passion for traditional blues styles which was fueled by seing many first generation blues musicians live during the “Blues Boom” of the mid and late Sixties.

Tim will be hosting an afternoon clinic

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