Influences & Inspiration
My background as a classical guitarist is unique, as I am not the product of a music school/conservatory. Rather, for nine years I studied/apprenticed directly with a master guitarist from Chile, Alfonso Chacon, who passed away in 2011. From him I was introduced to the great guitarists of 20th Century South America: Louis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Roberto Grela, Oscar Aviles, Ricardo Acevedo, Augustin Barrios and Atahualpa Yupanqui, and others.
Of course, I am a lover of all music - I grew up playing in garage rocknroll bands, playing jazz in the school band, graduating to reggae/carribean bands, in the 1990's, and then to Latin music in the 2000's.