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Michael Gulezian Coolwater Ranch Concert

AHWAHNEE – Michael Gulezian is the next virtuoso guitarist to grace the stage at Coolwater Ranch. Passes are available now for Michael’s concert on Saturday, Apr. 25, at 8 p.m.

This talented artist is one of the most highly acclaimed solo acoustic instrumental guitarists of our time. He is a phenomenal technical guitarist with the rare ability to transcend his own virtuosity, creating music that touches and moves people at the deepest level.

Michael began playing acoustic guitar at the age of six. He never took formal lessons, and was never tempted to play electric guitar (although he admires and respects a great many electric guitarists).

Michael is the youngest artist ever to be signed to John Fahey’s legendary Takoma Records, arguably the most influential record label for the genre of solo acoustic instrumental guitar. In terms of his significance in the evolution of the genre, Michael is – among other things – the musical link between John Fahey and Michael Hedges. He is a touring machine, playing hundreds of concerts the last few years alone, along with guitar workshops and master classes. But mostly Michael focuses on concert performances.

Michael is fiercely independent. He retains no agent, no publicist, and no manager; he rejects the notion that artists (or audiences) need any “support” from multinational corporate record labels. Michael categorically refuses to accept any musical product endorsements. He is a rarity – an artist confident enough in his work to let the music speak entirely for itself.

Michael is an honors graduate of the University of Arizona’s Eller Center for the Study of the Private Market Economy, with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.

Depending on one’s orientation toward corporate record labels and their tenuous position between profit motive and art, Michael is either feared as a scathing critic of cultural erosion, or else loved as a fiery, passionate, and highly articulate advocate – and living example – of artistic self reliance and independent self expression. Michael is still waiting for the Cubs to win the World Series.

Passes for this show are available now at Oakhurst Feed and Mountain Feed and Nursery, or you can call host Robin Ralston at 559-760-1134 or email info@coolwaterconcerts.com to have a reservation at the door.

Suggested donation for the artist is $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Coolwater Ranch is located in Ahwahnee; visit http://www.coolwaterconcerts.com for address and directions.

Please, no toddlers, alcohol or drugs. As always, there will be a variety of foods and non-alcoholic beverages available at no extra cost.

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