"Based on my DPRP profile and listening preferences Stephen felt that his second release, Playing With Time might well appeal to me. However what raised the ante for Playing With Time is hinted at in the album title. Unlike many rock based guitar albums where the emphasis rests purely with the virtuosity of the guitar playing, Stephen has incorporated his progressive/fusion influences to offer a varied accompaniment to his primary instrument. Best illustrated by the longest track on the album, Con-Fusion, which emerges nicely from Questions, a solo piano interlude. I have absolutely no problem recommending that you check out Sifu Stephen Doe and in particular this album. I loved the guitar tone, the fact that Playing With Time wasn't just a display of guitar histrionics, but rather a careful mixture of well constructed melodic compositions with "in context" guitar playing." says BOB MULVEY from DPRP.
Sifu Stephen Doe is described as a Genius by Virtuosity in the February/March edition of Guitar Nine Records magazine.
His electrifying techniques used in his tempos and transitional key changes make these energetic pieces a clever gift for the trained ear, says a fan.
At the age of 5 years old he took Classical Guitar lessons. Later, in pursuing his strong interest in music he attended open classes at the Conservatory of Music in MA. Here he took composition, advanced composition and Music Theory, Jazz, Blues and of course Rock. His current releases are "Requiem"(2012), Playing With Time (2006)and Trial (2003). The newer CD has 7 songs. Each song is a movement of a larger piece. On both of these CDs he plays the lead guitar, drums, bass and keyboard. Most of his songs start from a small strain of sound and a simple idea. The final pieces that you hear are created by overlays of actual live played instruments.
The New York International Music Festival officially selected him to represent the state of New Hampshire in which he performed live at the Cutting Room to select A&R representatives. He has appeared in a range of venues from the Southern New England area to performances in California. I love playing out live! It is the greatest!
Andres Segovia, Steve Vai ,Paul Gilbert, Al Di Meola, Stevie Ray Vaughn and George Lynch.
Roland TD7 electronic drums, Ibanez bass, Yamaha keyboard, Strat, and a 4 track recorder.
At the age of 5 years old he took Classical Guitar lessons & Martial Arts lessons. Later he took up lessons with Mr. Keith Moreau out of Agawam, MA. In pursuing his strong interest in music he attended open classes at the Conservatory of Music in Springfield, MA. Here he took composition, advanced composition and Music Theory, Jazz, Blues and of course rock. I now write, play all instruments and record my own music.
What are you current tour plans?
To release a new CD in the year 2009. (time allowing!)
And how about studio plans?
I have no plans at this time for studio time. I am willing to take offers.
What is the basis of your next album?
It is a continuation of the 2nd. It is a very difficult concept to nail.