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Guthrie Govan, hailing from the United Kingdom, is arguably the most exciting and significant new guitarist to emerge in the rock/fusion guitar scene in many years. A brilliant virtuoso who is at home in a variety of musical genres and styles, Govan combines astonishing technique with vast theoretical knowledge, down-to-earth feel, sophisticated harmonic vocabulary, superb improvisation abilities, memorable melodies, and woody organic tone. Whether it's mainstream shred rock, fusion jazz, chicken-picking country, groove-driven funk, down-home blues, or any other style you could think of, Guthrie does 'em all and does so extremely well.
Govan started playing at the age of 3; by the time he was 8, he was being featured on national British television for his guitar prowess. In 1993, Guthrie won the Guitarist of the Year contest sponsored by Guitarist Magazine, started teaching at UK's prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music, and began writing for Guitar Techniques magazine.
Over the past few years, Govan has been exclusively playing his various Suhr guitars for both recording and live use—from the smoky jazz bars in his hometown to the halls and arenas around the world during tours with the band Asia. He was featured on the highly successful album Six String Theory produced by Lee Ritenour. He has also played and recorded with eclectic mash-pop collective the Young Punx (live electronica) and toured with Dizzee Rascal. Currently, Govan is keeping busy with product clinics, educational workshops, and local live shows while working on the follow-up album to his instrumental debut Erotic Cakes.
Faculty member Jon Finn and his group will perform with Govan.