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Monday, August 5, 2013

Southern Utah Guitar Convention @ Southern Utah University (Cedar City UT: Aug 16-17)

Southern Utah Guitar Convention
to Feature Concerts, Master Classes, Clinics & Workshops
August 16 & 17, 2013
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Whether you are a six-string master, an intermediate guitarist or a guitar enthusiast, Cedar City is the place to be this summer when the first annual Southern Utah Guitar Convention commences Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17, 2013. Produced byTyson CazierSouthern Utah University’s Department of Music guitar instructor, this remarkable two-day event will include two outstanding guitar concerts, and a series of master classes, clinics and workshops geared toward improving technique and developing your skills. The classes and concerts will feature such incredible guitarists as Corey Christiansen and McKay Tebbs as well as Tyson Cazier. Most of the events will held in the Thorley Recital Hall in the SUU Music Building. A two-day pass to all events including both concerts and all the classes is a remarkable value at $25. To purchase the pass, visitwww.suguitarcon.com 
The first concert will be Friday, August 16th, and features Tyson Cazier and McKay Tebbs in concert which features Cazier and McKay Tebbs on guitar, John Huston on keyboard, Ben Bradshaw on jazz bassoon, Ryan Sergeant on bass and Dutch Workman on drums. This vibrant contemporary program showcases the dynamic sounds of rock-jazz fusion. This concert will take place at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 70 North 200 West, Cedar City. The performance begins at 7:30pm.
On Saturday, August 17th, Corey Christiansen takes center stage for an amazing evening of jazz guitar. Hailed by Downbeat Magazine, “from the first note, Corey Christiansen lights a rhythmic fire that never flickers, punctuating chords with precision and soloing with zeal.” This event will be held in Thorley Recital Hall within the SUU Music Building. The performance begins at 7:30pm.
Single tickets to either concert are: $10 for adults and $5 for students/youth. There is a special offer for adult tickets to both concerts for $15. Tickets may be purchased online at www.suguitarcon.com or at the door the day of the performance.      
Beyond the concerts, the Southern Utah Guitar Convention will feature an array of master classes, clinics and workshops for intermediate and advance guitarists. If you are looking to develop your technique or improve your overall skills, visit the website for the class schedule.   
Tyson Cazier has actively been playing guitar for over a decade and during that time has studied a variety of musical styles including classical, rock, jazz, funk, blues, pop and swing. Tyson is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. Tyson has studied with many accomplished musicians including, Bruce Bartlett, John Funkhouser, Greg Duncan and Eyran Katsenelenbogen. In addition to guitar, Tyson has experience in composing, arranging and producing music at home and in a professional studio environment. Currently Tyson is the guitar instructor at Southern Utah University and teaches weekly private lessons as well as an introductory guitar class and a guitar ensemble.  
Corey Christiansen is becoming recognized as one of the preeminent jazz guitarists in the world. A recording artist, writer, educator and performer, he has played and taught in literally every type of situation around the globe for the last decade. “Awakening,” Corey’s first CD as a leader, was the initial release on Mel Bay Records in 2004 and received critical acclaim throughout the jazz community. MB3: Jazz Hits Vol. 1 marked a great leap in his national and international visibility as a player and producer. Jazz Hits Vol. 1 spent three weeks as the No. 1 jazz recording on North American jazz radio. His first performance DVD – “Vic Juris & Corey Christiansen: Live at the Smithsonian Jazz CafĂ©” – was released in July 2006. Jazzwise reviewer Mike Flynn gave the recording four stars, noting that “…Christiansen is well-versed in the guitar’s sonic heritage and his judicious sense of phrasing finds him light-fingered even on the densest of changes and positively euphoric on his ballad work.” Corey has written several method books for Mel Bay Publications as well as articles for many of the major guitar magazines and Downbeat Magazine. Corey currently teaches at Utah State University and the famed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is an artist-in-residence at Atlanta Institute of Music (Atlanta, GA) and Broadway Music School (Denver, CO).
McKay Tebbs is a doctoral candidate in the Studio Jazz Guitar Program at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, one of the top and most competitive guitar programs in the world.  McKay is a brilliant player and has studied and can play a wide range of music from Steve Vai to Jim Hall.
Come and develop your guitar or enjoy the sounds of two remarkable evenings of guitarists in performance. Experience the Southern Utah Guitar Convention. For additional information, visit www.suguitarcon.com or call 435-319-0209. 

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