Acoustic Alchemy: Jazz Guitar Group Gets Into a Groove at Yoshi's
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For nearly 25 years, Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar’s potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straightahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond. In the two and a half decades since their earliest recordings – despite a tragic setback in the late 1990s and the inherent challenges of the 21st century music industry – the group has assembled and sustained a vast and loyal following that stretches well beyond their U.K. origins.
Led by guitarists Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale, three-time Grammy nominated Acoustic Alchemy are approaching a quarter-century of recording together, since 1987’s Red Dust and Spanish Lace established the ensemble as a force in smooth jazz.
Acoustic Alchemy’s rich legacy is based on the extraordinary airplay, sales and critical reception given the many early Nick Webb-Greg Carmichael led recordings followed by those helmed later by Carmichael and co-leader Miles Gilderdale.
Currently, Acoustic Alchemy is putting the finishing touches to their long- awaited new album Roseland. Four years in the making, Roseland is Acoustic Alchemy’s newest recording. The album was self-produced in Gilderdale’s home studio in York, England (with some post-production in London and Germany), and released on the band’s newly formed label, Onside Records. Roseland is being licensed to U.S.-based Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, and is scheduled for release on September 27, 2011.
Through it all, the overriding mission of Acoustic Alchemy has been to reach the broadest possible audience by pushing the potential of instrumental music to embrace a broad spectrum of styles without being limited to any specific genre. “For a lot of people, instrumental music is just a sound that plays in the background,” says Carmichael. “But we put a lot into it – not just with this record but with every record we’ve ever made. I’d like to think that after all these years, we’ve learned how to take people on a journey. A lot of our fans have said that we do that for them. As long as they keep coming back, and as long as they want to stay on that journey, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.