Sophisticated singer-songwriter-guitarist performing original and cover tunes, instrumentals and vocals, blues, jazz, bossa, classical, latin... p.a. sound system provided, available for house concerts, parties, clubs, festivals...
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
Unions: Musicians Local 47
What to Expect
Great original tunes, virtuoso guitar playing, smooth and compelling voice, performances that draw audiences in.
"With beaucoup experience in life and music, I freely embrace fate with a strong heart and a wondrous mind, amazed by the drama of humankind, by all its glories and horrors, responding with diverse expression, with songs of internally perceived truth, integrating vocals and instrumental guitar, combining lyrical story and imagery, with music ranging from cool chord-melody Brazilian and jazz to searing flamenco and rock, from simple to sophisticated. My musical intention attempts to resonate with the truth of higher more comprehensive states of being as well as the purposes of evolution. I thank the visionary thinker R. Buckminster Fuller and the philosopher Alan Watts for starting me down that matrix of integrative thought. Al DiMeola and Carlos Santana could represent their musically influential counterparts. In all, I seek to humbly contribute what I may." - MrEB
MrEB aka Mystery Be aka Miguel Emilio Balmaceda has played professionally for nearly four decades beginning with blues and rock cover bands in the late 1970's. In 1984 Miguel enrolled in the Guitar Institute of Technology (now the Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA). "That experience at G.I.T. was the turning point for me as a player. Until then I had always had the desire and talent I think, but not the confidence to believe I could ever develop a career in music. But it was that experience which led me to develop a jazz vocabulary and eventually compose and record my first album." Developing a keen interest in composing, he subsequently recorded the independently released San Miguel Project (Grammy nominee entry in 1998) and Spanish Blues albums consisting of electric and acoustic guitar instrumentals. Currently, he is focused on singer-songwriting and recording a new album integrating new vocal styling’s with his instrumental work.
Miguel was born January 31, 1953 in Colon, Panama. His hard working parents emigrated to New York City, where he was raised until his teens. The migration continued west to California, where his ear latched on to an eclectic blend of pop, rock and jazz influences, everything from Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, to the Doors, to John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, to Carlos Santana.
“It was Carlos who influenced me the most, particularly on a spiritual level. Of course musically as well, but it was the completely inspirational quality of his mid-70s recordings 'Caravanserai', 'Welcome', and 'Borboletta' which really drove me to become a player. Eventually, I wanted to generate in my own playing, the same kinds of inspired emotions Carlos had evoked in me. But there were other albums from that period which moved me as well. Robin Trower's 'Bridge of Sighs', and McLaughlin's 'Birds of Fire' were mind expanding masterpieces. But it was Carlos who made my heart soar the highest.”
Miguel plays a Les Paul electric guitar through a custom Richtone amp, and an acoustic classical guitar from luthier Abe Wechter, famous for John McLauglin's unique scalloped fingerboard instruments.
His striking instrumental “Mountain Melt” has been featured on KKSF 106.7 in the SF Bay area on Sunday mornings.
Additional Booking Notes
Power outlet for large events or gatherings.
Various original jazz, flamenco, Brazilian, blues, and rock tunes including covers such as:
Dust In The Wind - Kansas
From The Beginning - Emerson Lake & Palmer
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Stormy - Classics IV
Still Got The Blues - Gary Moore
Nature Boy - jazz standard
Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles
Ride On - Celtic Thunder
Can't Help Falling In Love - Presley
Only A Fool Would Say That - Steely Dan
and many more.
Influences & Inspiration
Emerson Lake & Palmer
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