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Adrian Raso

Jazz, Guitar

Plays: Weddings, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Events, Private Parties, Community Events, Stag & Does, Festivals, Colleges & Universities

Adrian Raso is a respected guitarist/composer from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Adrian has recorded two instrumental EPs, Supersonic Music Man (1999) and the self-titled Adrian Raso (2001) and in 2004, he recorded his first full-length electric album, Electric Medusa. In 2005, Adrian released an all-acoustic album, Black Mamba, which was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Metalworks Studios in Toronto, Ontario. This CD featured Adrian's stunning versatility and musicianship over a variety of styles, ranging from Gypsy to Latin flavours. This album is a fine example of the balance between commercially accepted music that is also readily embraced by the technically-minded musician.

In 2006, Adrian released his second full-length all-acoustic album called Tales of a Travelling Bohemian. This fiery, passionate guitar-driven CD accentuates his ease of moving from Middle-Eastern to Mediterranean to Gypsy styles of music. The 14 tracks on this disc will no doubt take you to far and distant lands.

C'est La Vie (2008) is Adrian's tribute to Gypsy Swing. These 15 new compositions reflect his love of Django Reinhardt and traditional French Gypsy music. This album was mixed by Nick Blagona, who had previously worked with Stephane Grapelli.

In 2009, Adrian got back to his scorching hot electric roots with the release of Clean Up The Mess, featuring the drumming of Jeff Consi (Nuno Bettencourt). From blues to surf-rock to reggae, this album rips!

Adrian is currently working on the follow up to C'est La Vie and a highly-requested new compilation record that will surely get you dancing. 2010 will be a busy year!

Joining Adrian for his live acoustic shows are Pete Pascetta, on drums and percussion, and Nick Johnston on rhythm guitar. The interplay between these three musicians brings the songs into a much higher realm of sonic energy.

Reviews regarding Adrian's body of work consider him a guitar virtuoso, an exceptional songwriter, and his jaw-dropping live shows never fail to impress. Favourable reviews and critical acclaim have led to Adrian being commissioned to write original music for independent film and theatre productions, and artist endorsements from the Godin Guitars Company, Gitane Guitars, and Biltmore Hats. Adrian has also been featured in many magazines, on CBC, and a Canadian YMCA campaign.

Proceeds from Adrian's acoustic discs go to the London Children's Hospital, in memory of his daughter, Ava Amelie. The audiences at these shows are captivated by his superb playing technique, personality, the opportunity to help support the London Children's Hospital through CD sales, and of course, by the music.

Photograph of Adrian Raso

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