The Edinburgh Guitar Night is a recurring event, showcasing some of the best guitar talent from the Edinburgh, Scotland and UK.
THE SECOND NIGHT PRESENTS:
"Stephen's music speaks loudly of ambition, imagination, nous, and harmonic adventure yet teemed with the sort of tuneful realisation that swells the heart"
– Rob Adams, The Herald
Graeme Stephen was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and has been playing guitar since the age of 9. Today he leads and contributes to a multitude of musical projects in Scotland and overseas, playing a wide array of styles from free improvised jazz to Scottish folk.
Stephen’s peerless improvisational skills and talent for composition make him one of Scotland’s most exciting and prodigious musical talents.
He is a very unusual jazz guitarist in that he is as skilled and comfortable playing in a virtuoso way over standards and chord changes, as he is heading into completely free improvised soundscapes. His playing shows the influence of all the great contemporary guitarists Metheny, Schofield, through the sonic inventiveness of Bill Frisell as well as into the more conceptual and fragmented worlds of James Blood Ulmer, Marc Ribot and David Torn.
Stephen's instrument is in a sense more than a guitar, as he seamlessly uses loop pedals and effects as a fully integrated part of his musical language.
As a composer Stephen writes music that reflects his diverse musical interests, but with a gift for melodic and rhythmic accessibility amongst the more expansive free form colours. He has written a significant body of extraordinary film music, with his scores to the early masterpieces of 20s German cinema.
DaveBeMac is an Edinburgh based percussive finger-style guitarist and composer. DaveBeMac predominantly uses a Lap-Tapping technique combined with a loop station to create a truly unique sound. Playing a range of his own compositions, DaveBeMac will easily captivate an audience with a combination of polyphonic harmonies and rhythms, either by luring them in with slow atmospheric numbers or slapping them in the face with full on funk dance tracks.
Born in Rome in 1994, Jacopo Lazzaretti has been studying classical guitar for 11 years. During his studies, he has performed in many masterclasses with some of the worlds most well-known guitarists such as Oscar Ghiglia, Marcin Dylla, Pavel Steidl, Giulio Tampalini, Lorenzo Micheli, Carlo Marchione just to name a few. In 2015-2016, thanks to the Erasmus+ he studied with Matthew McAllister at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and in July 2017 he graduated from the Conservatoire of Santa Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of Arturo Tallini, receiving his First Class Bachelor Degree in Music with Honours.
Jacopo has won several prizes in national and international guitar competitions with or without age limitations, such as first prizes at the International Guitar Competition “I Musici di San Lorenzo” (2016), North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society Award (2016 and 2017) and International Istanbul Guitar Festival (2015). Among the other prizes: third prize at the Liecester MusicFest Competition (2018), third prize at the 11th Montenegro International Guitar Competition (2017), second prize (first not awarded) at 7th International Guitar Competition Acerra Guitar Meetings” (2016), third prize at 4° International Competition “Alirio Diaz” of Rome (2015). He had also the opportunity to play the Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (concert for Choir and Guitar), which was a prize received during the competition ‘Premio Campus 2014’ in Bassano del Grappa.
Jacopo has played in many concerts for several Music Festivals in Italian cities such as Roma, Nuoro, Chieti, Bassano del Grappa, Spello, Bagnoregio, Bologna as well as abroad in Istanbul, Glasgow, Ullapool and Aberdeen.
Currently, he is doing a Masters Degree in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scoltand with Matthew McAllister and Professor Allan Neave.
Jacopo has become an artist for ‘Live Music Now Scotland’ in January 2018.