Our guest artists share their knowledge and experiences with our students while
visiting classes, conducting clinics, and performing concerts.
JOHN PETRUCCI | Toronto – Session 1 One of the most revered
guitarists in recent years, John Petrucci is best known as the guitarist, producer,
main lyricist and founding member of the progressive metal band Dream
Theater. He has taken his band on a very successful musical journey including
many gold and platinum releases and extensive world tours. He has received
every notable award imaginable in the various guitar publications throughout
the world. John is also an original member of the acclaimed Liquid Tension
Experiment with Tony Levin and is a longstanding veteran of Joe Satriani’s prestigious G3 tours along with Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Paul Gilbert.
ROBBEN FORD | Vancouver Session Robben Ford is
one of the premiere electric guitarists today, particularly known for
his blues playing and his versatility in a variety of musical contexts. In
addition to his incredible body of work as a solo artist and leader of the
Blue Line, Robben has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell,
Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, The Yellowjackets,
Bonnie Raitt, Larry Carlton, Michael McDonald, and many others.
TONY MACALPINE | Toronto – Session 2 This legendary
king of instrumental music never stops amazing fans with virtuoso guitar
playing and stylish song writing. Tony has influenced and contributed much
to the neo-classical metal genre, becoming known for his instrumental
rock-based style of playing which blends elements of shred, classical, blues
and jazz fusion. His dual dexterity on both the guitar and keyboard were
highlighted while playing in Steve Vai’s touring band and he appears on live
DVD’s with Vai and G3. This Grammy nominated artist has also played with
CAB, Planet X, Vinnie Moore, Billy Sheehan, Steve Smith, and others.
STUART HAMM | Vancouver Session One the most
innovative and influential bassists in the music industry, Stu’s
virtuosic style incorporates slapping, flamenco raking and polyphonic two-hand tapping chords and harmonics. Stu has completely redefined playing bass guitar as demonstrated on his
numerous solo albums and work with renowned musicians such as
Frank Gambale, Steve Smith, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson.
Stu’s enormous talent has brought him countless awards and
accolades in numerous guitar magazine readers’ polls.
TONY MCMANUS | Toronto – Session 1 Recognized
throughout the world as a shining star on the acoustic scene and the leading guitarist in Celtic Music, his twin obsessions of traditional music and
acoustic guitar have worked together to produce an astonishingly unique
approach to the instrument. His ability to reach audiences unfamiliar with
traditional music is remarkable. Tony has been nominated as Musician of
the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditional Music
awards. He also won Album of the year in Acoustic Guitar magazine. He
has shared the stage with the likes of Steve Morse, Muriel Anderson, Béla
Fleck, Victor Wooten and the legendary Les Paul among others.