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Gypsy Quest CD Release!

Posted on May 8, 2010
I hope some(or all!)of you caught the Live in Studio C performance on WPLN Nashville Public Radio/Will Griffin. I had a blast doing it. Special thanks to Will Griffin for his gracious as usual hosting. And to the band guys, who did a great job making the music come to life. Charlie Chadwick-bass, Zander Wyatt-guitar, Steve Willets-piano & Kenny Malone-percussion. I think my fav was Paper Moon. Man did it swing. Be looking for a new CD release party date. I should know real soon! Don't forget to check Zazzle under the products page for gifts and remember, CDs can make great affordable gifts as well. Thanks for all your support. I'll keep working on the music.

First thing folks, is that I don't play a fiddle/violin. I play a 5-string viola, which I had built for me by a world-class viola maker, David Burgess, from Ann Arbor, Michigan. One of my teachers used to tell me as a teenager, "you should play viola because you have the hands for it." Not only that, I always preferred the sound of a viola to a fiddle. My instrument encompasses the strings of both the violin and viola. Because of the size of my instrument (halfway between a normal-size viola and a full-size violin), the sound I get has both qualities . . . sweet yet punchy!

The Making of GypsyQuest The New CD!

Posted on February 23, 2010

One look at the CD album cover and one wonders, " is the music on the CD as awe inspiring and dramatic as the artrwork is depicting", and the answer is an emphatic, Yes! Gypsy Quest takes you on an extremely high quality musical friendly rollercoaster encompassing many styles and rhythms, ( French, Latin, Gypsy, World, Fusion and Swing), all the while featuring Stephan's inspired 5 String Viola playing. Thirteen cuts include 8 amazing originals and 5 uniquely arranged cover tunes, two of which, ( Paper Moon & Smile ),Stephan shows us some endearing vocalizations. Co-produced primarily by keyboardist/producer extroadinaire, Chris Rhyne, the playing and arranging ( most noteably, an adrenilized version of the Alfred Hitchcock theme song ), will keep this album sounding fresh and inspiring for many years. Gonzalo Bergara guests on a few dazzling gypsy style guitar solos. Three other cuts co-produced by bass virtuoso, Charlie Chadwick all have an authentic Gypsy/European [...]
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