Bands for Hire ~ Classical

David Rogers


photo by Extraordinary Guitar Soloist
My out of town artists are always grateful that the villagers come to show their support in live music. I’m always grateful too because its a risk to have them come from all over the world and not sure what the turn out will be. I feel its my job to bring you incredible and changing acts so please come and see the wonders of touring guitarist David Rogers. RSVPs are recommended for beat seating. Here’s the low down on David Rogers...

Recently termed, ‘a prominent guitarist,’ by the New York Times, David Rogers fuses classical, jazz, early, and world music elements into powerful, moving and virtuosic performances based on both original compositions and traditional repertoire.

The Washington Post has praised his ‘astonishingly florid’ solo improvisational passage work. He has been called a ’modern master of the classical guitar’ by 20th Century Guitar. Classics has praised his ‘first rate instrumental artistry,’ and the Lute Society of America Quarterly has called his technique ‘formidable.’

He is an endorsing artist for GHS Strings and his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany. David is also the guitarist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a music faculty member at Southern Oregon University. He is lead guitarist and lutenist with the Terra Nova Consort, and made his European debut at the Tage Alter und Neuer Musik Regensburg 2000 Festival with the ensemble. His performances have been broadcast on American National Public Radio and Bayrische Rundfunk, including both the nationally syndicated Performance Today (live performance/interview in Washington D.C. NPR studio 4A) and Harmonia programs. Mr. Rogers has recorded for Dorian, Callisto and Focus Recordings. He has given recitals and conducted master classes throughout North America, including performances and classes at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Southern California and The Interlochen National Arts Camp.

David has studied historical plucked strings with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland; with Thomas Binkley at Indiana University; and with Lyle Nordstrom at Oakland University. He has studied guitar with Joseph Fava at Wayne State University.

Rubin & Thomsen


LAUREL THOMPSEN: After a few years as an average piano student, at nine, Laurel Thomsen began playing the violin and immediately took flight. She trained classically with many fine teachers and in a variety of youth orchestras around the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz, California, the California Bay Area, at the University of Montana-Missoula, and in Italy. In 2003 she added the viola as a second instrument and although Laurel had always supplemented her classical training with an exploration of fiddle styles, at this time she began exploring alternative styles and approaches to playing in earnest. She began playing with bands, using the techniques she had cultivated in her classical training, but along the way developing her own sound and discovering her own expressions. Though she continues to play classically - at weddings, events, and in orchestras, she has also played in Celtic, Pop-rock, folk-rock, and tribute bands, backed up singer-songwriters in the folk, jazz, cabaret, country, and latin genres, done studio work, accompanied Sufi dancers, created traditional Indian devotional music for Kirtans, and for three years served as a regular performer in the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital music-therapy program. Since 1996, Laurel has taught hundreds of students in the Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Missoula, Montana areas, mostly as a private string instructor, but also as a youth orchestra string coach and clinician in schools. Laurel sees her instrument as an extension of her body and voice, a means to convey a full range of feeling and emotion, both the obvious and the subtle. She hears music as a story and when she plays, her experience moves her beyond just the auditory into a holistic experience of all the senses. To Laurel, music is a form of dynamic communication with herself and with others and she enjoys stretching the boundaries of her musical voice.
JON RUBIN: Jon Rubin was inspired to play acoustic guitar by Jorma Kaukonen, a disciple of the Rev. Gary Davis school of fingerpicking country gospel blues. From these rhythmic underpinnings has evolved an original fingerstyle applied to mostly traditional songs in the Americana/roots, Celtic and British folk/blues idioms. Jon has studied and attended workshops with legendary fingerstyle players Martin Simpson, Woody Mann, Duck Baker, Rick Ruskin, Laurence Juber and Bob Brozman.

Currently Jon leads acoustic string duos/trios in several lineups with award-winning veterans on violin/fiddle and bass. These players serve up a genre-busting acoustic sound long on musicianship and the natural flavors of wood and steel.

"Great guitar, great fiddle and a voice that bring Traditional Music to life." – David Stafford, KKUP Friday Folk-Off
“a f***ing brilliant guitar player” – Ted Silverman, N. Calif. Bluegrass Society 2010 Award Nominee
"skilled, controlled, thoughtful performance..." -- John Mount, videographer
"technically tight and risk-taking" -- Monterey County Weekly
"Yes, yes, yes, amazing show..these guys had a great sound. Would love to see them again when they come to the East Coast, or when I get back out west!" -- Gina D., audience member
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