Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Thanks for the advice, but...

Kai Beech /Tri-City Weekly
Posted: 05/04/2010 03:03:04 AM PDT

Despite a warning from his piano teacher that it wasn't a "real" instrument, David Grisman learned to play the mandolin as a teenager growing up in New Jersey. He took it with him to Greenwich Village where he studied English at New York University and became immersed in the proliferating folk music scene of the early 1960s.

Grisman ultimately ended up creating a new sound that Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia dubbed “Dawg Music” -- a blend of multiple styles including swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz and gypsy.

On Saturday, the David Grisman Quintet brings their unique blend of bluegrass, Latin and gypsy jazz to the Humboldt State University Van Duzer Theatre at 8 p.m. (Tickets are $35 adults, $30 child/senior and $25 HSU students).

For the past 45 years, Grisman -- also known as the undisputed master of the mandolin -- has been perfecting his “Dawg Music.” And, in doing so, Grisman has inspired a new genre of acoustic string instrumental music while earning a reputation for unsurpassed style. He has made a nice niche for himself in the world of contemporary music.

Praised for his mastery of the mandolin as well as his talents as a composer, bandleader, teacher and record producer by countless music critics, Grisman's role as an acoustic innovator continues to grow.

Following the recording for several major and independent labels, Grisman founded his own company, Acoustic Disc, which he runs from his studio in Northern California. After launching the label in 1990, Grisman entered the most prolific period of his distinguished career, producing more than 60 critically acclaimed recordings of acoustic music (five of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards).
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