This week March 30,2010 on Live n Kickin..
Avatar Quinzet Aka Quinton Stephens A second-generation Mountain Dulcimer player, Quintin incorporates a solid foundation in traditional music with dynamic, innovative techniques to create a fresh approach to the instrument. Building upon the divergent influences of Force & d’Ossché and those of his father, Ed Stephens, Quintin embodies a high level of driving energy and technical musical artistry. But beyond the merely pyroclastic, woven throughout his pieces are melodic refrains which make his music highly approachable. He redefines the dulcimer’s unique musical voice in the larger context of contemporary composition.
Quintin got an early start on dulcimer at the age of eight and has played and given workshops on the instrument for more than 25 years. Along the way, he also became a Blues/Rock and Slide guitar player, bringing many of the techniques and tricks over from guitar to the dulcimer. Especially recognized for his double-stop and two-handed-tapping techniques, he has no qualms about freely adapting styles to create the music he hears in his head. www. quintinstephens.com
He’s been refferred to as “The Cognoscenti of SecondLife. Saying that Am Radio can build a sim that makes a statement would be an understatement.
“AM is a narrative artist who uses prims, Second Life®’s basic in-world creation tools, to paint moody settings that are awash in nostalgia for a time when objects of wood and metal were shaped and crafted in a workshop or barn, and not in some faraway factory in Taiwan. A keen observer of nature, his Plein Air scenes are hyper-real, and always unmistakably American… the wheat fields of Illinois near his current home, and the vast expanses of the Northeast. Those who know, however, realize that there are surreal secrets and surprises tucked away in every AM Radio build.” ~ Bettina Tizzy
In a recent New York Times article Am said “There was a couple who met on the wheat fields (The Far Away) and ended up getting married in real life, no painting sitting in my sketchbook inside my backpack could have done that. They say we are entering an era of social computing, and here is the work of art being social itself.”
This week we film Live n Kickin at AM’s “Surface” installation where Am has even built us a stage reminiscent of what Elvis Presley used in early performances. Check out AM’s art by going to his picks in his profile in Second life and take a look at http://www.heifer.org an organization that Am has been steadily raising funds in SL for.
When: Tuesday March 30th, 2010 9PM PST
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