Les Fradkin
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Les Fradkin

Jefferson, Colorado, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2003 | INDIE | AFM

Jefferson, Colorado, United States | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2003
Solo Rock Neoclassical

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May
19
Les Fradkin @ Silver Spur Saloon

Lakewood, Colorado, United States

Lakewood, Colorado, United States

Nov
11
Les Fradkin @ Mesa Music Festival

Mesa, Arizona, United States

Mesa, Arizona, United States

Oct
07
Les Fradkin @ Knights of Columbus

Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania, United States

Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania, United States

Sep
13
Les Fradkin @ The Oriental Theater

Denver, Colorado, United States

Denver, Colorado, United States

Aug
15
Les Fradkin @ Senior Citizens' Center

Beatrice, Nebraska, United States

Beatrice, Nebraska, United States

Apr
02
Les Fradkin @ Roxy & Dukes

Dunellen, New Jersey, United States

Dunellen, New Jersey, United States

Feb
25
Les Fradkin @ Mc Mahon Memorial Auditorium

Lawton, Oklahoma, United States

Lawton, Oklahoma, United States

Oct
01
Les Fradkin @ Knights of Columbus

Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania, United States

Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania, United States

Apr
24
Les Fradkin @ The Grammy Museum

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

Apr
26
Les Fradkin @ Whisky a Go Go

West Hollywood, California, United States

West Hollywood, California, United States

Nov
03
Les Fradkin @ The Walnut Room

Denver, Colorado, United States

Denver, Colorado, United States

Music

Press


"KING OF MIDI GUITARS"

Renowned MIDI guitarist Les Fradkin continues to WOW the critics and audience by bringing innovative music-making techniques to the forefront. Les has created the first ever “classical” composition on a hi-tech instrument known as a Ztar and this can be heard on his new album ‘Suite for Ztar and Orchestra in G Minor Op. 1 No. 1'. This modern day musician is always evolving as Today he can be referred to as the “Futuristic Symphonic One Man Orchestra”. Les combines classical & progressive rock music to make up one uniquely original, digitally-advanced sound. - Skope Magazine


"Suite for Ztar and Orchestra Review"

Whether he plays more in the classical or the electronic genres, Fradkin makes a strong case for himself as the Yngwie Malmsteen of MIDI. Might this supreme practitioner be due for a renewed notoriety? - Ray Cavanaugh-Skope Entertainment


"Great Guitarist!"

Nobody covers The Beatles like Les Fradkin! One of the great guitarists of our time. - Rock of Ages


"Original Genius!"

Two words come to mind after a listen to Les Fradkin's music, original genius.

I was absolutely blown away by his skill and intelligence. Amazing. - Target Audience Magazine


Discography

Les Fradkin Albums:

Summer (Single) (2019)

Escape From Earth (2018) 3 Grammy Nominations

Canon In D (Live) (Video) (2018)

Ode To Joy (Live) (Video) (2018)

Black Gypsy (Single) (2017)

Rehearsals For Retirement (Anthology) (2015)

Mr. Midi Guitar (2016)

Crashing Waves (Single) (2015)

Finale (EP with Michael Brown) (2015)

As Eagles Fly In The Night (Single with Michael Brown) (2014)

Suite For Ztar (2013)

God Bless California (Single) (2014) God Bless California - Single

Ticket To A Remix Universe (2010) Ticket to a Remix Universe

Canon Rocks! (2010) Canon Rocks! - Single

Baroque Rocks (2009) Baroque Rocks!

One Link Between Them (2008) One Link Between Them

Pepper Front To Back (2007) Pepper Front to Back

12 (2007) 12

The Spirit Of Christmas (2006) Spirit of Christmas

Under The Covers (2006) Under the Covers

If Your Memory Serves You Well (2006) If Your Memory Serves You Well

Jangleholic (2006) Jangleholic

Love You 2 (2006) Love You 2

Goin' Back (2006) Goin' Back

Something For George (2005) Something for George

While My Guitar Only Plays (2005) While My Guitar Only Plays

Perfect World (2004) Perfect World

Reality-The Rock Opera (2003) Reality-The Rock Opera

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Bio

Les Fradkin captured headlines as George Harrison in the mega-hit Broadway show "Beatlemania" in the 1970s, and today is a prolific Midi Guitar Virtuoso of Neo-Classic rock and Progressive Rock.

* Midi Guitar Virtuoso

* Producer & Composer

* 500,000 Internet Downloads

* 22 Solo CD's

* 16 #1 hits at mp3.com

* 2017 #1 Radio Hit "Black Gypsy"

* Featured in 20th Century Guitar, Pipeline and NGD Mags

* Featured in Time, Newsweek, Us, People and Rolling Stone

* Original Cast Member of "Beatlemania"

Les is a successful songwriter/composer from the 1970's, lead guitarist, and one of the original members of the hit Broadway show "Beatlemania". He was a Guitar Synthesizer and Tapeless Recording pioneer of the 1980's, a neoclassical guitar trendsetter in the 1990's and is now a 21st Century Virtuoso Midi Guitarist. A classically trained musician as well as being a rock guitarist, he has found success as a recording artist, composer and producer with MGM Sunflower, ESP-Disk, Bell, Arista, RCA, and Laurie Records. Les has written the well known hit "La Chansons Des Souvenirs" ("Song Of A Thousand Voices") for the famous French songstress Mireille Mathieu on the Philips label and this tune has also been recorded in a hit version on RCA Victor (now Sony/BMG) by the Latin Pop icon Roberto Jordan ("Donde"). He was originally discovered and signed by John Hammond Sr. at Columbia back in 1969.

He has played Mellotron, 12 and 6-string Guitar, Bass and Piano on dozens of Top 40 hit records throughout the early 1970's , and 1980's, scoring many US and UK chart placings throughout his career.

In 1976, Les was selected over thousands of other auditioning guitarists to appear in the original cast of the smash hit Broadway musical "Beatlemania" playing lead guitar and the part of "George Harrison" in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago along side Paul McCartney lookalike and sound alike Mitch Weissman. Running for two and a half years from May 1977 thru October 1979, every show (including over 1000 in New York alone) was sold out and the Beatlemania musicians quickly became celebrities with magazine cover stories ("Newsweek","Time", "People", "Rolling Stone") and many major television show appearances. With his guitar-playing in the international spotlight from the show, Fradkin developed a cult following that has avidly followed his career and made him a celebrity among guitar fans.

In the 1980's, he pioneered the introduction of tapeless MIDI recording and MIDI Guitar, scoring many national jingles and TV film music with Score Productions, ABC-TV and NBC-TV, including a 4 year stint composing and programming for the Soap Opera "One Life To Live". He continues to be one of the foremost virtuosos of MIDI Guitar in the world today.

His current music, is a mixture of various influences and signposts from Neo-Classic Rock, Instrumental Rock, and Original sounds and approaches.

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