Bruce Graybill | Mandocranium, an acoustic stringed Fantasy

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Mandocranium, an acoustic stringed Fantasy

by Bruce Graybill

All original, all acoustic string tunes that are centered on Mandolin. A delightful fusion of Swing, Jazz and Bluegrass.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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2. Funk & Bagels
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3. Kelley's Dream
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4. Eye of the Flatron
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5. First Love
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6. Mandocranium
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7. Dance of the Vermin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ten original acoustic instrumental selections in a Jazz / Dawg / New Age flavor, by Bruce Graybill, Two Time National Flatpick Championship Walnut Valley Mandolin Champion (1998/2004). The recording also features the members of Kansas City's hottest progressive Bluegrass band, Spontaneous Combustion.

Graybill has won many other performance competitions including:

This artist's other performance awards include:
1995 3rd place National Flatpick Championship Walnut Valley Mandolin winner,
1995 Dogwood Music Festival Guitar Champion,
1997 Kansas State Flatpicking Guitar Champion,
Four Time Kansas State Mandolin Champion (1990/1995/1998/2001).


Some excerpts from reviews of Mandocranium:

"Episodes of grace and fire mark this release..." Dirty Linen

"Graybill is a versatile player with a strong, beautiful sound, and his tunes fuse
disparate musical influences into tightly-honed pieces bristling with energy."
Marilynn Mair / Mandolin Quarterly

" A nice mix of hard driving Bluegrass and sophisticated Jazz.
This album represents Bruce's considerable talent quite well."
Eva Sands, Research Director, The Folk Sampler

"Bruce Graybill is a capable Mandolinist...
If you're into Dawg music you'll be pleased."
Niles Hokkanen, Editor / publisher, The Mandocrucian's Digest

"Great music to expose brains to."
W. Joseph Ketcherside MD
Northeast Neurosurgical Associates

Biographical material:

Bruce Graybill is a Kansas City based Mandolinist, Guitarist, Songwriter and Composer. He performs as a solo artist, and with Classical and Jazz Guitarist Ray Bell of Little Rock, Arkansas. Graybill has performed extensively both nationally and internationally for the Classical Mandolin Society of America, and other regional mandolin organizations. His appearances venues range widely, from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TN.

Graybill embarked on a lifelong musical journey in 1975 playing Electric Guitar in a Floridian Rock group called 'The Ebony Blue Show Band'. Citing early influences like Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix,Joni Mitchell, and Niel Young, Graybill was introduced to the Mandolin through Bluegrass Music in 1982, and studied its use in Bluegrass, Jazz, Swing, Gypsy and Classical styles.

Graybill currently serves as President of The Classical Mandolin Society of America, a 501(3)(c) non-profit corporation with members in most states and 11 countries. The Society was formed in 1987 'To promote the study and playing of the family of Mandolin instruments and the playing of the music written for those instruments.' He is primarily self taught as a Mandolinist, but has had the privilege of limited Jazz Mandolin studies with Don Stiernberg, and Classical Mandolin studies with Keith Harris (Austria), Gertrud Weyhofen (Germany), Ugo Orlandi (Italy), and Tamara Volskya (Russia).

Graybill is an endorsing artist for Weber Mandolins, made by Sound to Earth Ltd. of Logan, Montana, and a BMI Publisher member (Mando Kinetics Music). He performed his composition, the "Walnut Valley Suite", with the Providence Mandolin Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, in 1999. Other notable performances include The Grand Ole Opry, and Classical Mandolin Society conventions in Atlanta, Louisville, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington DC, and Toronto. His composition, the "Walnut Valley Suite" for Mandolin Orchestra, has been performed in Canada, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Japan, and the United States. The Suite was recorded on the Providence Mandolin Orchestra CD release "Resonance" in 2000.

Other recordings include his solo debut, "Mandocranium, an acoustic stringed fantasy" in 1992, and part of the CD "Live Bluegrass from the heart of America."

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