Tyson Emanuel
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Tyson Emanuel

Milton, Ontario, Canada | MAJOR

Milton, Ontario, Canada | MAJOR
Band World Jazz


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"In a guitarist’s world, esoteric nuances might not be lost on peers, but average listeners might not quite get some—or a lot—of it."

In a guitarist’s world, esoteric nuances might not be lost on peers, but average listeners might not quite get some—or a lot—of it. This debut CD, December’s Sun, from world/flamenco guitarist Tyson Emanuel has moments like that, but the artist does a great job of eventually giving everyone a little something onto which to cling.

December’s Sun is a mix of gentle world influences and the richness and bravado of Latin music in the form of finely crafted flamenco guitar. After an "interesting" opening track, Emanuel settles down with track two’s sweet and very melodic hybrid of world and flamenco—a tune called “Desire.” It clearly displays Emanuel’s proficiency and dexterity on acoustic guitar.

This CD has world material that may or may not strike your fancy. For example, I could have done without the opening track’s distracting, metallic banging noise that I had trouble distinguishing (both in terms of what it was and why it was there). However, there are many sweet spots on this generous album of 14 tracks, as well, and, when it comes to flamenco, I have to say that Emanuel knows how to strike the right chords, literally, to make the experience a pretty enjoyable one.

While a couple of tracks occasionally lack the kind of definition and depth of melody that I like (rich, bright, and easy to recall),, once Emanuel lit into tunes like “Touched By An Eternal Flame,” “Hand of Fatima,” “Remember the Dream,” “Within This Divine Vision,” “Torn Between Two Worlds,” and the sweet title track, I was quickly lulled into a nice state of being and fully realized the potential of this guitarist’s imagination.

December’s Sun is truly a mixed bag but certainly not one that leaves you with a bad taste. It is laced with enough charm to make it a palatable experience. -- Ronald Jackson - The Smooth Jazz Ride


December's Sun



Tyson Emanuel weaves a complex tapestry of sounds;
forged by fire, shaped by virtuosic hands!

"Every song I write is pure and straight from the heart.”

A cliché when it comes from most artists out there, but when you see Tyson Emanuel playing on his guitar, the feeling & emotion is undeniable… His music is so genuine, passionate & melodic; you can’t help but feel the pain & sensuality in his fusion…

Tyson was born in Toronto, Canada on December 14th, and comes from a family with a strong musical and artistic background; pianists, guitarists, flamenco & belly dancers, painters, and even a silversmith. Tyson even toured with his Uncle’s band, Ritmo Flamenco, where he immersed himself into the more exotic sounds of the world.

From heavy metal to classical, from experimental to ambient, from old world to new age – no style is unknown nor unappreciated with Tyson… Here is a man who can see & hear the beauty in everything, and this wide-ranging appreciation is evident when you hear his music.

He has much experience in the music scene as a support musician– he has played for heavy metal, hard rock and flamenco acts. He’s also performed in very intimate settings to stadium sized audiences of 20 000 people, and has had the pleasure of opening up for Def Leppard & Molly Hatchet, as well as performing at a private party for Russell Crowe and Sting, and government officials.

His journey as a solo artist is only beginning… Once you hear his music, you can’t help but surrender yourself to it… Seeing Tyson Emanuel playing his guitar is not something you experience everyday, and is not an experience you’ll likely forget… From the speed of his playing - watching his fingers fly up & down the neck of his guitar to all of the raw emotion - the love and the pain, will leave a mark on you, and you will feel enriched by it.

Tyson Emanuel is currently planning shows for 2010 in conjunction with his debut release “December’s Sun” which features 14 instrumental tracks. World Fusion Music with an emphasis on acoustic guitar-driven, melodic, themes venturing into Classical, Trance, Ambient, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Arabic, Tribal, and Afro Cuban ...

Previous Band and Tour experience;

Beheaded (Malta, 1994-1996)
Rampage (Canada, 1997-2003) - Featuring Pat Mulock (Eidolon) & Stan Miczek (Honeymoon Suite, Blood Red Flowers, Sass Jordan, Helix)
Ritmo Flamenco (Canada, 2001-2004) - Featuring Roger Scannura
Revolver (Canada, 2006-2008) - Featuring Nick Walsh (Slik Toxic)

Past performances;

The Cameron House (hosted by Tony Rabalao of JoyDrops) November 2004
Hyatt Regency Hotel (for Russell Crowe and Sting) July 14th 2004
Roger’s Cable Television
Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend 2003
Runnymede United Church (The Passion & Romance of Spain)
Mississauga Central Library (Young Virtuosos of Classical Music 2002)
Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend 2002
First Night Toronto 2002 at Skydome
Fringe Jazz Festival 2002
Mill-Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music 2002
Muskoka Ballet Gala 2002
Sunfest 2002 Victoria Park & Covent Garden Market (acts included Robert Michaels, Rokia Traore, Alpha Ya Ya Diallo)
Fringe Dance Festival 2002
Fringe Dance Festival 2001
Brampton Folk Festival 2001 at Gage Park
Royal Ontario Museum
BCE Place
Jazz Expo
Roots (Grand Opening in downtown Toronto)
97 Bistro and Tapas Bar
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Bodega – Ritmo De La Noche)
Winchester St. Theatre ( Sueno De Jerez)
Hart House (presented by The Hart House Music Committee & Worlds of Music)