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Duke Ellington said that music comes in two catagories: Good and Bad." I draw on a wide range of influences to create an instrumental art form of textures, moods, and melodies - hopefuly good music. It is an improvised music based on very structured ideas.
A gypsy spirit I have spent my life traveling all over the US and Canada, Central and South America, Western Europe, India, and Africa.
Influences include African guitarist Ali Farka Toure, sitar player Ravi Shankar, jazz artists Duke Ellington and Eric Dolphy, and classical composers such as C.P.E. Bach and Stravinsky.
I was head guitar Professor at ORU before leaving to pursue music exclusively focusing on small groups, solo acoustic, and harp guitar.
You can hear more at: www.reverbnation.com/joesfglaudeandjamesruggles.com