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Michael Gulezian

  • Black Dog Cafe Lowertown 308 East Prince Street Saint Paul, MN, 55101 United States (map)

"... ingenuity and mastership. Michael Gulezian uses his guitar as a medium to pour out his soul. Every note that comes from Gulezian transgresses our indoctrinated notions of what music is and what music does ... name the un-nameable and communicate the unknowable."
- The Manitou Messenger, ST. OLAF COLLEGE

"Public radio favorite Michael Gulezian always has had strong ties to Minnesota and its guitar innovators, from world-rockin' Steve Tibbetts to bluesy Peter Lang. Yet he ranges far beyond folk, playing hard-driving music that recalls Leo Kottke and the late Michael Hedges, who called him "my kindred spirit."
- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A great guitarist. My kindred spirit."
- Michael Hedges

"I wish there was a video component to what we do because Michael positively dances with the guitar, if one can do that sitting down. ... incredible spiritual relationship with his instrument. A great discovery."
- David Dye (World Cafe / National Public Radio)

"Gulezian rips … but for all his virtuosic ferocity, Michael never loses sight of the melody, or the drama of his compositions."
- Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"one of the most amazing acoustic guitarists on earth.  Michael Gulezian puts his entire heart and soul, his entire being, into every song he does live.  … incredible passion, and unbelievable technical skill …"
- Dore Stein, Producer/Host, Tangents Music Radio

"… virtuosic, other-worldly, oddly tuned acoustic guitar fireworks ... a percussive style that creates sonic landscapes so vivid you can practically touch 'em."
- Raleigh-Durham News & Observer

"If I could play guitar the way Michael Gulezian does, I would just sit in front of a mirror and watch myself do it."
- Garrison Keillor, a Prairie Home Companion

Michael Gulezian (gu-LAY-ze-in) is one of the most highly acclaimed solo acoustic instrumental guitarists of our time. He is a phenomenal technical guitarist with the rare ability to transcend his own virtuosity, creating music that touches and moves people at the deepest level. He's been called the musical link between John Fahey and Michael Hedges. Artists as diverse as Michael Hedges, Willy Porter, and Henry Kaiser have claimed him as a primary musical influence; young lions such as Erik Mongrain and Andy McKee are quick to acknowledge him as an inspiration. In concert, Michael is all warmth and humor ... and though it's visually breathtaking to watch him perform, a concert with Michael is more than a display of cutting-edge virtuosity – it is the passionate communion of master musician engaged with his audience in the mystery of self-revelation, creating music of atmospheric power, ecstatic joy, and haunting beauty.  If you enjoy the artistry of musicians such as Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges – guitarists who amaze us with what ten fingers and one guitar can do – then you will love Michael Gulezian.


Earlier Event: April 8
Brunch with Moonshine Rhythm Club
Later Event: April 21
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black dog