Mark Goldberg | Planet Quest

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Planet Quest

by Mark Goldberg

Original classical guitar music, with some jazz and pop influences thrown in.
Genre: Classical: Modernist
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Satsuma
2:58 album only
2. Summer Of '75
3:18 album only
3. Undun
3:07 album only
4. Yakima Valley I
2:29 album only
5. Landscapes
3:12 album only
6. Planet Quest
3:51 album only
7. Fangorn Forest
5:21 album only
8. Yakima Valley II
4:20 album only
9. Your Daily Routine
2:48 album only
10. Rampart Ridge
1:48 album only
11. Nite Time
3:15 album only


Album Notes
I have now been playing guitar for 21 years. I first became interested in classical acoustic styles in 1990, and became serious about that kind of music five years later. As a performing classical or instrumental guitarist, I am always equipped with a wide variety of pieces and styles to play for whichever occasion it might be.

I was born on the East Coast in the early 70's, and first moved to the Seattle area at the age of three. My interest in music started very early. My father played a big part in that. When I was little, he played albums at home all the time. My dad was a big fan of R/B-Jazz-Fusion (something I inherited), and he played a lot of people like Stevie Wonder, War, Rufus, Boz Scaggs, and Steely Dan among others.

In 1987, I moved to Los Angeles where I lived for the next eight years. During my time in Southern California, I got lots of performing experience as an instrumental soloist and as a guitarist playing in several bands in the area. When I came back to Seattle, even though I was already looking at solo acoustic styles as a permanent musical style for myself, I continued to play in various bands and projects for a while. I also briefly worked as a studio musician for artists such as The Conspiracy, Jason Trachtenburg, and Chris Ballew (from the Presidents of the United States).

Ironically, it was my interest in rock groups that first led me to take an interest in the acoustic guitar and its possibilities. I was, and still am very much into groups that fused rock with classical and acoustic styles such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, Yes, and the early Genesis. The Genesis albums “A Trick Of The Tail” and “Wind And Wuthering” in fact were a big influence on my writing and playing. I also remember listening a lot to Led Zeppelin’s third album, which had a lot of acoustic stuff on it, around the same time I was just beginning to learn guitar. That probably also influenced the path I eventually took.

In any case, I slowly began to find, as time went on, that I was more comfortable as a soloist, and that as a solo artist, I could the follow whatever was in my heart and soul a lot easier. When I heard classical guitar music for the first time, I not only liked what I was hearing but I found it sounded very familiar to me somehow. I very much liked the complexity of classical music as opposed to rock and pop which by this time, partially as a result of Seattle grunge and hip hop coming in, was becoming a bit simple minded and monotonous to me.

I first learned classical styles in my teen years from the guitar teacher I was taking lessons from then. I also briefly worked with instructors in Seattle later on, but much of what I do has been self-taught over the years. It was in 1998, after a few more possible band opportunities had fizzled, that I decided to make classical guitar my permanent main focus.

What most people find truly interesting about my music is its interesting and unorthodox chord changes, fingerpicking styles, and interpretations, or covers that are mixed with accessible melodies and feeling. This is a musical style the majority of the public gets hooked by.



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