Giving a special thanks to Bass Musician Magazine with their great promotional support the last 3 competitions. Today’s post and social media:
Here are some updates from some of our previous Six String Theory winners:
Karl Marino (2014 Guitar winner) Speaking of, going to Berklee is certainly one of the greatest things that has happened to me. I feel it is a gift of immeasurable value. I am doing a dual major, which I could be able to finish in 2 years from now, in Performance and Film Scoring. I have gained valuable insight in the fields of arranging and composing, and also I get to meet very interesting people who are very passionate about what they do. I have a few film scoring gigs in my hometown of Montreal and I also get to play and polish my craft quite a bit in Boston. It is a lot of hard work, but it is making me grow incredibly as a musician. Thanks to Six String competition!!
Selim Munir aka Slim Gabriel (2012 Drum winner) Signed to Warner Brothers Records with his band
Michael Feinberg (2012 Bass winner) Signed to my first record contract on Sunnyside Records where I released a “tribute” album “The Elvin Jones Project” which features the legendary Billy Hart on drums. I also released an album of original music called “Humblebrag live at 800 east.” Each release had a corresponding national tour including stops at the Blue Note, Blue Whale, Blues Alley, Churchill Grounds, Kuumbwa jazz center, and Snug harbor. Beyond that I’m a faculty member now at New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the New York Jazz Academy and have presented master classes at Ga state university and the California jazz conservatory.
Hans de Wild (2012 Keyboard winner in a tie) Performed at a Lee Ritenour gig in Holland last year, where Hans got onstage and performed with the band. Won Berklee Scholarship and is attempting to move from Europe to attend.
David Browne Murray (2011 Guitar Grand Prize Winner) “Having competed in the 2010 and 2011 competitions, I had the chance to attend world-renowned master classes and workshops in the semi-finalist and finalist competition. There was such a great community aspect that blew me away. I can’t remember having so much fun playing guitar as I did at the finals-playing at that level was amazing! The people and networking were great!”
Shon Boublil (2010 Guitar Grand Prize Winner) Taking part in 6 String Theory competition and CD was a great honor for me. I’m really proud to be associated with the competition as it has opened up many music opportunities which were nonexistent before. Graduated with honors from Berklee in 2014 from full-ride scholarship won in the Six String Theory competition. I have performed solo, in duets on stage with violinists, pianist, singers and with various student jazz bands. I’ve also played my guitar for several student film scoring projects. I’ve played jazz, blues, classical, Latin and ethnic music. The diversity here is simply inspiring and I’m enjoying absorbing it all. Berklee is a lot more than what I imagined it to be. I opened the show for Lee playing solo for half an hour in 2012. It was a great experience. I also opened the show for Sonny Landreth at Peter’s Player in 2012. Video links below:
Peter’s player opening for Sonny Landreth 2013:
Berklee concert 2013:
Berklee concert 2013 original music and arrangement:
Russian Tour 2012
North Carolina, Carl Sandburg historic site 2012
Berklee Valencia, Spain, full semester scholarship: Berklee Valencia recording studio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dX_6uBii18
Check out this great post Music Connection did about Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition
Lee Ritenour does call-out for the 5th Biannual Six String Theory competition at Catalina Jazz Club on Jan. 23, 2016
Beautiful new 2 page digital spread in Premier Guitar… check it out here
Screenshot attached as sneak peak