Alex de Grassi Concert
Primarily self-taught, guitarist Alex de Grassi's musical roots reside deep within his DNA. Born in Yokosuka, Japan, de Grassi grew up in San Francisco, where his grandfather played violin with the San Francisco Symphony. De Grassi's father was an accomplished classical pianist.
In addition to his status as one of the country's finest fingerstyle guitarists, de Grassi is well known by his connection with contemporary instrumental music's most influential label, Windham Hill. He also recorded with Narada and his own label, Tropo, among others.
After earning a degree in economic geography from U.C. Berkeley and performing as a London street musician, he paid the bills by learning carpentry skills from his guitar-playing cousin Will Ackerman, who had started a small instrumental label. In 1978, de Grassi was encouraged to record his first album, Turning: Turning Back, for the young Windham Hill label.
De Grassi has proven to be an innovative guitarist and composer whose mastery of acoustic finger-picking styles has grown to include a variety of other techniques and influences. Guitar Player Magazine said, "his technique is 'the kind that shoves fellow pickers to the cliff of decision: should I practice like a madman or chuck it altogether?"
Blue Heron Art Center (View)
19704 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon Island, WA 98070
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