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May 28, 2014

John Ellis introduces SLY GUITAR

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SLY GUITAR is an album of instrumental guitar music by UK composer/ songwriter/ guitarist John Ellis.

John describes it as a “car crash of electronics, improvisations and edgy composition centred on the electric guitar”.

 Here’s what reviewers say:

“Aficionados of modern guitar will love this album, so if you love Nelson, Fripp, Summers and Frith, you had best be checking this out!”

“On ‘Sly Guitar’, however he returns to (and lays into) his main instrument with a sharp-clawed and swaggering stylishness. It’s the kind of performance that suggests he’s ripped the tail-fin off a 1950s Cadillac and carved a new guitar from it.”

“Many musicians in the electronic and ambient world found their way here via the avenue of rock ‘n roll, but few may have the punk pedigree of John Ellis. A founding member of the Vibrators and long-time guitarist for The Stranglers, Ellis brings that energy to his new collection of electronic-augmented guitar pieces, Sly Guitar. First off, this is just a blast to listen to.  Ellis’ playing is sharp and fast, and his ear for a catchy tune hasn’t faded. Sly Guitar mixes studio pieces with exercises in live looping, and while the full-on pieces obviously pack more density and punch, the looped pieces are cool from a technical standpoint and also have the organic rawness of being live improvisations.”

Buy SLY GUITAR here.

And check out John’s electronic music here.

May 15, 2014

Wabi Sabi 21© and the Gallery Music Series

We have now made available all the tracks from the Gallery Music Series and Wabi Sabi 21©. These represent the electronic side of the music of UK composer John Ellis.

You can stream the full length versions of all tracks and you can also buy individual tracks.

               

 

May 21, 2014

Guitar Access

Check out the site for John Ellis’ guitar teaching. Lots of how-to’s and tab.

www.guitaraccess.org

May 12, 2014

Music in the new world.

Do you love real music?

We are clearly at a major turning point when it comes to the interface of artists and the people who like their music. Without your support, musicians and songwriters like myself would find it almost impossible to carry on the creative process. Traditionally, record labels, publishers and agents etc were the ‘middlemen’ in that process.

But for most of us those days are over. And that means that artists and fans are now working much more symbiotically. Fantastic!

So here are a few ideas for those of you who want to help and support emerging artists or those of us still dedicated to exploring new musical landscapes. (more…)

April 17, 2014

The Pidgeon Hole and other dilemmas.

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So……….you learn to play guitar and you listen to lots of different types of music and you end up creating something that is , hopefully, unique music. Now, at some point you think “I’d like to do a gig or 2 or even make a record”. That’s the easy bit.

And now you find that you have to give your work a label. For you, it’s just the thing you do, but Outsideworld must know which mental folder to stuff you into. Are you rock, punk, blues, flamenco, skiffle, surf etc?

You’ve got 2 choices. Find a pidgeon hole that might vaguely have space for your type of twanging OR tack on your own little box. In fact if you are a truly creative musician you will be tacking on lots of different boxes. Now, as we know, pidgeon holes have to have a little label stuck on the front because the makers of those boxes assume the visitors to said boxes are too stupid to work out for themselves what is in the box.

So here is the current over-a-cup-of-rosie-lee conversation at Chanoyu Towers. What should we write on the label when we stuff  SLY GUITAR into our new pidgeon hole, because there sure ain’t one around with room for us!

 

April 8, 2014

Another Sly Guitar review

Here is another nice review of Sly Guitar.

November 8, 2013

New Review of SLY GUITAR.

Here’s a nice review of SLY GUITAR.

From Hynagogue.

Click here for the review.

September 6, 2013

Sly Guitar on Misfit City

“On ‘Sly Guitar’, however he returns to (and lays into) his main instrument with a sharp-clawed and swaggering stylishness. It’s the kind of performance that suggests he’s ripped the tail-fin off a 1950s Cadillac and carved a new guitar from it.” Dann Chin, Misfit City

August 10, 2013

Interviews, articles and reviews

August 9, 2013

House Concerts

John Ellis

John Ellis, the founder of Chanoyu Records, is now available for house concerts. They are a great new way of connecting musicians to their audience. You hire John to come and play, then you can invite your friends along for an interesting evening of performance, stories from life on the road, Q&A session and some teaching if you’d like to develop your guitar playing skills.

It’s up to you whether or not to charge your friends.

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