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About Contrapuntist

Greetings! My name is Miguel. By day I’m a marketer living and breathing social media. All other times, I’m a fan of music and culture. Although, I am not living the life of a musician these days, I do have formal music training as a classical guitarist. I attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where I completed a graduate degree.

My tastes in music are pretty eclectic. I enjoy listening to just about every type of music. As you can imagine, I pretty much music listen to everything guitar related. Some of my guitar heroes include Paco de Lucia, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), and John Williams (not the cheesy music composer). To sum me up, I’m a classically-trained metalhead with an appreciation for Jazz, Salsa, and World Music.

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. –Jimi Hendrix–

The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead. — Igor Stravinsky–

If you are interested in contacting me please do so at Contrapuntist [at] gmail [dot] com. I welcome press release information, and will consider reviewing albums as well. Contact me for address information.

About Viola da Voce

Howdy! My name is Erin Cano. I’m a classically trained violist/violinist and a Suzuki teacher at the Music Institute of Chicago. In addition to loving the sound of the viola and violin, I also have a great appreciation for vocalists from many different genres. Viola da Voce means “viola of the voice” in Italian. I chose my name because I love to express my voice through music and through writing.

You might be wondering about my unusual “handle”. I based my name on instruments from the viol family played in Europe between the 15th and 17th centuries. Specifically, the viola da gamba (an instrument similar to the cello which is played between the legs) and the viola da braccio (an instrument similar to the violin which is played on the arm). If you’re interested in more detailed info on these instruments, check out this website http://vdgsa.org/pgs/stuff.html.

Like my partner, Contrapuntist, I have eclectic tastes in music. Besides classical music, I love heavy metal, progressive rock/metal, hard rock, musicals, world music and the occasional pop artist. Some of my favorite classical composers include J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Igor Stravinsky and Gustav Mahler. My all time favorite band is Dream Theater. I also love Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Riverside, John Mayer, and Sting. My favorite musicals include The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music. Favorite world music artists include Luis Miguel, Francis Cabrel, Eros Ramazzotti, Juanes, and David Bisbal.

If you are interested in contacting me, please do so at violadavoce [at] thecontrapuntist [dot] com. I welcome press release information and will consider reviewing albums or books.

Music is the language of the heart without words -Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

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