Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Eight Fingers!

Andreas Kapsalis grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Son of first generation Greek immigrants he got into music and played the guitar from an early age. At the age of 18 he became an apprentice to a luthier (someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments) when an accident stopped him (for a while) but also helped him develop his eight-finger tapping technique!

Check the eight-finger technique on Pink Floyd’s Money (see in full screen!)

The Andreas Kapsalis Trio, as he explains on his site, “represents the perfect alliance of eight-fingered guitar virtuosity, outstanding melodic themes, and rhythmic variation on percussion”.
Backed by drummer/percussionist James Gallagher and multi-instrumentalist Darren Garvey, Andreas Kapsalis released first album in 2004. The music is a blend of Mediterranean, Americana, Arabic and African music.Their second album, Original Scores, released 2008, is a multi-rhythm, melodic blend, showcasing Kapsalis' skills as a composer too.

Bashful Satyr from Original Scores, 2008

Check more songs on MySpace

Other work of Andreas Kapsalis include film score compositions for Mulberry Street, Mexican Sunrise, Retaliation, Black Gold and Pig Business.

In 2009 he released an album with guitarist Goran Ivanovic (The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo). The duo is reinventing the classic repertoire of classic guitar but also adding to it with new compositions. More info.

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