It’s been a busy couple of months!
2016 has been very good to me so far. Some of the information might be old news, but for those of you just joining, welcome!
In March, I received a Sponsorship from Stringjoy Strings, a custom string company based in Nashville, TN. They specialize in custom sets for guitar (6 string and extended range), bass, and acoustic. They also offer custom cables and guitar picks. I’m honored to be on their Artist Roster.
I highly recommend giving them a try! For for information visit www.stringjoy.com
My friend and long-time bassist Riley Day assembled an All-Star group of players to create Daydream, a 9-piece jazz ensemble performing all original material with influences from just about every genre you can think of. We affectionately refer to it as Jazz-Step(when you hear it, you’l know why). We recently recorded a 5 track EP featuring four original compositions by Riley and one by trombonist Zach Rich. The album is currently in post production and are looking forward to releasing it at the end of the summer. Visit the Daydream Facebook Page to keep up to date on the ensemble.
In my own personal recording endeavors, I’ve put together a new trio called Odisea (pronounced ‘Odyssey’) featuring Andrew Slater on drumset and Josue Estrada on trumpet. This group works heavily with effects, space, and time, to create a whole new sound. A blend of standards and original compositions keep a steady variety in our playing and performances. We have released our first single entitled End of the Earth which can be downloaded and listened to at www.michaeljengdahl.bandcamp.com
We also made a music video for the track. We’ll be continuing to record this project over the next several months and touring in the fall.
Finally, I’m very pleased to announce that I made the Semi-Final rounds for the Wilson Center Guitar Competition and Festival! I will be headed to Brookfield, WI in August to compete for the chance to open for Al Di Meola, among other prizes. I’m looking forward to playing alongside and learning from other talented guitarists from across the country.
More information can be found at http://www.wilson-center.com/guitar-competition-festival/
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Until next time, thank you for stopping by!