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Alex Barham
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15 Tracks
Canadian composer of original jazz fusion.
1
Cycles - Loss (Second Movement)
Today #32 in Modern Jazz subgenre
2
Cycles - Decay (Movement 1)
Peak position #90
3
Ten Cuidado.mp3
Peak in sub-genre #34
4
Aspire With Hesitation.mp3
Peak in sub-genre #20
5
Down Low Down
Peak in sub-genre #22
I studied classical composition at Carleton University. I then moved to Montreal to study jazz composition with Andrew Homzy and Joe Sullivan. I am currently studying counterpoint in the Baroque style. My plan is to meld classical with jazz harmonies scored for an electronic orchestra.
Band/artist history
I began playing guitar at the age of 9. It was the 70's and I wanted to be the next Jimmy Page. I then picked up a book on "Solo Guitar" thinking that I could learn to play like Eddie Van Halen. However, it was a book on classical guitar. I developed an interest in classical guitar. I also developed an interest in classical composition, especially 20th century composers. I desperately wanted to be a classical composer. After moving to Montreal, I studied jazz composition and fell in love with the music. I continue to write to this day.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I currently do not play live. However, I am working my chops on the Champan Stick and hope to start doing duo work with my wife, who is a vocalist.
Your musical influences
There are 2 styles of music that influence me - classical music & jazz. My influences in classical are: Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten and Bela Bartok. My influences in jazz are: Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington. I also like to listen to newer Canadian jazz talent, especially Michael Occhipinti.
What equipment do you use?
Fender Telecaster with a Traynor tube amplifier. I plan on adding some effects in the near future to shape an interesting sound for the guitar.
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