Guitar Clinic: Guy Van Duser

Wednesday / October 31, 2007 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Musician/composer Guy Van Duser is internationally known for his unique “stride guitar” style as well as his imaginative and sometimes outrageous arrangements for fingerstyle guitar.

“Stride guitar” fuses the fingerpicking virtuosity of Chet Atkins with the swing and stride piano styles of Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and other jazz pianists of the 1930s. Simultaneously playing bass lines, chords, and melody, Guy has elevated swing guitar from its traditional rhythmic–accompaniment role and has influenced a new generation of guitarists.

Guy is a graduate of Oberlin College in music and has recorded thirteen albums as well as many more in collaboration with artists such as Bill Staines and Jeanie Stahl. He has performed classic swing jazz as a “two-man big band” with clarinetist Billy Novick for over 30 years. Guy has composed soundtracks for films and public television, including the Academy Award-nominated Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima.

(That's also Guy playing guitar on the "Antiques Roadshow" theme song.)

He is currently working on a Disney educational video series designed to teach English as a second language to children in Asia.