Paul Madryga | Acoustic Pencil Sketches (and Songs for Home)

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Acoustic Pencil Sketches (and Songs for Home)

by Paul Madryga

Folk-influenced classical guitar, or classically-influenced folk - Either way, Paul brings to his music a strong tone and solid technique, both borne of years of classical guitar study, as well as thoughtful insights that come from life in Western Canada.
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hometown Tourist
4:26 $0.99
2. Headed for Home
2:59 $0.99
3. Should Not, Will Not
3:28 $0.99
4. 9pm Western Redeye
4:17 $0.99
5. Road from Assisi
5:33 $0.99
6. Midnight in the Brandon Hills
5:55 $0.99
7. Summer's End
1:33 $0.99
8. Leaf Dance
1:05 $0.99
9. The Back-to-School Trudge
1:04 $0.99
10. First Frost
1:41 $0.99
11. Traveling Song
3:44 $0.99
12. Holiday Waltz for One
1:55 $0.99
13. Fair One
4:28 $0.99
14. Seasons of the Lights
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Album Notes
Paul arrived in Manitoba in 1991 to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar at Brandon University. He graduated in 1995, and shortly thereafter joined the Suzuki Talent Education Program at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music as a guitar instructor.

In November 2002, Paul finished a Masters degree in Classical Guitar Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, located in Brisbane, Australia. During his time there, he was inspired (as much by homesickness for Canada as his appreciation for his musical surroundings) to get reaquainted with contemporary folk music, which in turn inspired several of the songs that appear on his debut CD, Acoustic Pencil Sketches (and Songs for Home) .

Paul's recent performance accomplishments also include two periods of intensive study with American pedagogue Bruce Holzman, and masterclass sessions with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Leo Brouwer, Ricardo Cobo, Lily Afshar, the Sydney Guitar Trio, Denis Azabagic, the Z.O.O. Duo, Stephen Robinson, Kevin Gallagher, and Australian composer Philip Houghton.

A musician's set list is invariably a reflection of his/her own experiences as a musician and human being. With Acoustic Pencil Sketches, Paul hopes to share these experiences with his audience. His songs and solo guitar pieces speak of a long-overdue return to one's childhood home, the magic of the changing seasons, summer sunsets while driving across the province of Saskatchewan, winter (a theme upon which Canadians can justifiably call themselves experts), and, inevitably, falling in love (a theme that transcends national boundaries and touches all of us somehow).



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Brett Kriewaldt

An interesting CD. Comes straight from the heart
I love the guitar work (as I knew I would). The singing; well I guess you have to do everything once and when it comes from the heart you can understand the reasons.... Thanks Paul


Acoustic Pencil Sketches
Seemingly effortless guitar work woven into great storytelling.