Mat Gurman | Illuminating Contradictions

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Illuminating Contradictions

by Mat Gurman

Step through my Beatnik looking glass into a land of slinky grooves and atomic verse.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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Illuminating Contradictions is a fusion of Spoken Word and improvised groove featuring percolating percussion, bass and atomic guitar. It is a bold description of life growing up in sunny Cold War California.
Outside of the bass and percussion, the vast majority of sonic textures featured on this project were created through a complex and highly evolved application of audio processing on guitar and guitar synth. I used harmonizers, delays and modulation to create envelopes not associated with fretted instruments. As a session player I have spent thousands of hours creating edgy and expressive textures that are far cry from any sound created by a conventional instrument. I came up with the phrase to describe this sort of processing as "Van Gogh Guitar" because of its thick and textural application of sound, similar to what an impressionist painter might create with a palette knife on canvas - painting with sound using my guitar as the brush so to speak. Guitar Player Magazine made mention of my knack for creating fresh textures with harmonizers in a featured artist review, which has since, become one of my trademarks.
The tracks features the talents of: Mat Gurman (Guitar, Guitar Synth, Spoken Word), MB Gordy (Percussion), Larry Steen (Bass), Les Lovett (Trumpet).

Mat Gurman
Guitarist Mat Gurman has been featured and praised by Guitar Player magazine- "...he's a terrific player...crafty composer...effortless groove...lush and lustrous tone."
As a guest of the Tonight Show, Mat has backed up k.d. Lang, The Back Street Boys, Tanya Tucker and Broadway productions of Wicked and Grease. Mat has arranged guitar and rhythm section for Nils Lofgren and Donna Summers appearances on the Tonight Show and had his vocal abilities featured on skits in styles ranging from REM to the Beatles, Steppenwolf and Bobby Troup. Mat's live and studio credits include work for:  BB King (infomercial), Lisa Loeb, Steve Alan, Tom Scott, Theodore Bikel, David Cassidy, The Beach Boys,  Melissa Manchester, Clint Holmes, Cab Calloway, Merv Griffin, Howey Mandel, Petula Clark, Mark Lindsay,  Ed Ames, Doug Cameron, Penn and Teller, MTV, VH1, Viacom, Comedy Central, SAG awards, Anaheim Angles, HBO, Showtime, On Demand, Direct TV, Academy Awards (pre record) and dozens of TV specials and sitcoms.
Mat's "Starlicks" instructional video's, available in music stores all over the world and online, feature some of the most popular titles in the Hal Leonard catalog!
 Mat is featured on the Guitar on the Edge compilation CD series which boasts “Over one hour of the Worlds hottest Guitarist” alongside fellow veterans Alan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Shawn Lane, Steve Morse, Greg Howe, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, and Carl Verheyen.

Mat is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts with studies in guitar, composition, Indian music, African music, film and mid century Japanese Cinema. He attended classes at Dick Groves Music Workshop's and College of the Siskiyous under the direction of vocal Jazz luminary Kirby Shaw. 
Mat Gurman is a proud endorser of D'addario strings and Eminence speakers and uses Tonebias effects pedals and Line 6 Amps.



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