Haverstick

Haverstick

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My music has influences from jazz/blues and classical, to Indian/Arabic and modern electronic music. I can do a solo set on acoustic or electric guitar, duos with my percussionist, or a full trio with bass and drums.

Biography

Neil Haverstick was born on September 22, 1951, in St. Louis, Missouri, and started playing guitar in 1965, being highly moved by the music of the Beatles, Yardbirds, Cream, and the general musical atmosphere of the 1960's. Haverstick is a guitarist, composer, author, and instructor... here's a few essentials for you press folks...

As a guitarist, the Denver Post called him "one of the most sought after session players in town." Haverstick has performed zillions of gigs, such as playing and recording with the Colorado Symphony, including appearances with Judy Collins, Diahann Carroll, Tommy Tune, Ferrante and Teicher, and Bill Conti. He has also played in orchestras backing such artists as Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Charley Pride, and others.With his own bands, he has opened shows for B.B.King, Steve Miller,and King Sunny Ade; he has also backed up blues greats Jim Schwall and Joe Houston. As a freelance guitarist he has played blues, jazz, classical, country, flamenco, and folk, as well as plays (Man of La Mancha, Grease, Always Patsy Cline, and A Dream Play,(at the Cleveland Playhouse), with noted director Pavel Dobrusky) and many private functions. He has also appeared on numerous CD projects by Denver artists, including Clay Kirkland and Mary Stribling.

As a composer, Haverstick won Guitar Player magazine's 1992 Ultimate Guitar Competition(Experimental Division) with a 19 tone piece, "Spider Chimes." He also won the 1996 arts Innovation Award in Denver for another 19 tone song, "Jimmy and Joe," and the 1999 Composition Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts. He has 5 CD's of original music available, "The Gate," "Acoustic Stick," "Other Worlds," "If The Earth Was a Woman," featuring music in new tuning systems of 19 and 34 notes per octave, as well as fretless guitar, and his new CD titled "Stick Man". His Microstock festival is in it's 7th year, and he has performed at concerts in New York, Los Angeles, El Paso, and Albuquerque. Guitar Player mag said of his compositions, "Bold and daring, Haverstick ventures into distant aural galaxies."

As an author, Haverstick has written for Guitar Player and Cadence, and has written two music theory books. "The Form of No Forms" was praised by the late studio guitarist Tommy Tedesco, who called it "A great book. I am still learning with Neil." Jazz giant Joe Pass said, "I feel this book offers a new insight into not only playing the guitar, but music and how to understand it. A real book." Neil's latest book, "19 Tones:A New Beginning," is a look at the 19 tone system of tuning which Haverstick has been working in since 1989.

As an instructor, Haverstick has taught hundreds of students, both privately and in classes. In October, 2004, he taught a seminar on tunings at Berklee College of Music, on the invitation of fusion guitar maestro David Fiuczynski.

Discography

The Gate; Acoustic Stick; Other Worlds; If the Earth Was A Woman; Stick Man, Mysterious Female. You can hear tracks at myspace.com/microstick, or guitar9.com.

Set List

It totally varies from gig to gig. On concerts, we play all original music. I used to play a lot more in clubs, and then it was usually blues or jazz, and we played tunes from BB King, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, generally the standard repertoire.

I've played a number of concerts as a solo in the last few years, so I'm concentrating on fretless guitar (tuned to the Harmonic Series), and music where I can use my delay pedals for looping, to get a bigger, orchestral sound.