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Nicholas Russell

Nicholas Russell

Basic to advanced
Jazz, blues, contemporary, folk guitar
Jazz and classical harmony

Nick is the type of person who likes to have his hands in many different cookie jars; notably, that of the guitarist, composer, music producer and stringed instrument maker. He works professionally somewhere within the crossroads of these disciplines.

Nick holds an Honours Degree in Music and comprehensively studied classical harmony privately. He has also studied the art of guitar-making with Master Luthier Sergei De Jonge, having designed and constructed a concert classical guitar under his tutelage.

His musical style and knowledge spans genres, but his current exploration as a guitarist lie at the intersection of acoustic music, jazz, progressive rock and classical music – with a healthy respect for creativity and making the notes count.

In recent years Nick has expanded his freelancing to include work as a composer (Dusk Dances Dance Festival, Arts Bournemouth University) and as a studio musician (Metalworks Studios, Escarpment Sound, Deschamps Studio). Numerous projects he has worked on have aired on national radio (CBC, Jazz FM, CFRU) and international television.

Nick keeps busy with gigs, composition, teaching and also being a husband and dad.

www.nicholasrussell.ca
 
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Greg Denton

Greg Denton

Beginner to intermediate
Three-finger & bluegrass style banjo

Greg picked up the banjo in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1991 and first cut his teeth on the instrument playing with the rag tag art school jug band ‘Uncle Jobie's Spit Trick’. He now lives in Guelph, where he teaches painting in the School of Fine Art & Music at the University of Guelph and entangles himself in the downtown music scene.

Over the last few years he has fronted the bands ‘Dry Tickle’ and 'The Scare Quotes', and has lent his reedy vocals, banjo, and guitar skills to two all-murder-ballad groups ‘The Trembling Brides’ and ‘The Gnashvillains’. He currently plucks the banjo with ‘Richard Laviolette & The Oil Spills’ and can be heard on their CD “All Of Your Raw Materials”.

Greg also hosts the very popular Cornerstone Café Campfire Sessions (Nov-April) and hosts ‘This Un-Godly Hour’ (Sundays at 7:00 AM on CFRU 93.3FM), an eclectic vintage and contemporary roots music radio show.
 
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Matt Glass

Matt Glass

Basic to intermediate
Mandolin in various styles, guitar, fiddle, tenor banjo, bazouki/cittern

Matt studied music and other things, in his native California, where he came under the influence of one of the West Coast’s legendary old-timey figures, Kenny Hall. He has played mandolin, guitar and fiddle in a variety of old-timey, Celtic, pop and jazz ensembles across the US and in Ontario. Currently, he performs across southern Ontario with the Irish band Hair of the Dog.
 
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Norman Liota

Norman Liota

Basic to advanced
Classical and fingerstyle guitar

Norman is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist who performs both original music and an expansive classical guitar repertoire dating from the 1400's to present. A music graduate from York University, Norman has built on his classical training with years of touring and recording and has mastered dozens of styles.

He has released three solo recordings and is currently busy wowing audiences around Ontario with an eclectic show, harnessing incredible guitar techniques to meld classical, jazz and folk.

Norman is skilled in teaching most styles of fingerstyle guitar and students of all ages. He can be seen most Fridays and Saturdays at The Royal Ambassador in Caledon East.

www.normanliota.com
 
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Tyler Wagler

Tyler Wagler

Beginner to advanced
Guitar, electric & upright acoustic bass
Rock, jazz, soul, reggae, folk

Tyler Wagler is a versatile guitar and bass player, comfortable in many genres including rock, jazz, soul, reggae and folk. He relocated to Guelph four years ago from Toronto where he studied electric and double bass, earning a diploma in Jazz Performance from Humber College, and a Bachelor of Music from Thompson Rivers University.

As a sideman he has performed with Friendlyness & The Human Rights, Lights, Tannis Slimmon, Paul Quarrington, Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People, Jay Douglas and David Sereda.

Tyler believes strongly in the value of students identifying their own goals and helping to achieve them through a mix of technique, repertoire and theory.
 
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