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    Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:23:48

    Guitarist Steve Howe to Host Cross Styles Music Retreat - It takes place this August

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    Guitar nerds and lovers, this will be of particular interest to you.

    Renowned guitarist Steve Howe is set to host the first Cross Styles Music Retreat from August 19-23 at Full Moon Resort in the heart of the "Forever Wild" Catskill Forest Preserve, just one half hour west of Woodstock, New York. Guitar players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to join Steve Howe and other guest guitar instructors for this unique music camp--the first of its kind for the longtime Yes guitarist and founding guitarist for supergroup Asia. After a full day of activities, evenings at the retreat will culminate with intimate, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions.

    "This year I'm getting back to doing some solo dates, and the Cross Styles Music Retreat is an extension of that," Steve explains. "I'll be enjoying the different things the event will demand of me, as opposed to just doing shows. It's a wider breadth of 'guitarness,' and it indulges me in my singular fascination--the guitar. Hopefully, my team and the audience can do a little mingling and learn more about each other."

    Throughout the Cross Styles Music Retreat, Steve will lead workshops that explore the development and technical aspects of his playing, writing, recording, and performing. Steve will also perform selected pieces, and discuss influences and experiences. A Q&A session and meet & greet are also planned. To complement the event, Steve will be joined by two other fine guitarists, Ray Matuza and Flavio Sala, who will each provide in depth advice and analysis to explore and learn from.

    It's unorthodox, but it is beyond worth your while, if you are a guitar novice or desire to learn and grow with the instrument.

    "As I'm self-taught and don't read music, I come at doing workshops from a different perspective than many who teach," Steve adds. "I'll be bringing my experience to the fore through performances, interactions with campers, and daily master classes."

    The camp's itinerary and guests--including fingerstyle and jazz guitar aficionado Ray Matuza, Italian classical guitarist Flavio Sala, and Martin Guitar's Dick Boak--reflect Steve's own genre-bridging approach to the instrument.

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    —Maggie Pannacione
    02.19.13



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