Jon Gamache Hybrid Slap Fingerstyle Guitar Lake Dillon, Colorado
Fingerstyle guitarist Jon Gamache has created a very unique hybrid style with borrowed techniques ranging widely from slap bass guitar to piercing fingerstyle harmonic chord runs. Even echoes of fiery flamenco riffs can be recognized in a seamless blending of creativity and precision guitar playing. What has emerged is a well rounded unmistakably percussive style that continues to develop as he borrows ideas from music across the globe in a continual effort to explore the sonic capabilities of the guitar. Echoes of influence range widely from anomalies such as Michael Hedges and Victor Wooten to world musicians ranging across culture and genre- Anoushka Shankar to Rodigo y Gabriella and everything in between! By transcending boundaries between percussion, bass and guitar, this artist continually challenges the limits of the instrument and his creativity.
This original acoustic solo composition was performed at the 2013 Kansas State Guitar Championship in Lawrence. His walk on last minute addition to the contest resulted in the title of 2013 state champion in the category of finger style guitar. Other accolades include 2014 Kansas state 3rd place runner up for flat pick acoustic and 2012 Yonder Mountain Harvest Festival banjo champion.
As a multi-instrumentalist with no formal training past the 8th grade, Jon Gamache continues to explore a multitude of sonic textures on a self driven path of musical idealism and reflection across genres and boundaries. Inspirations gathered from travels and life experiences combine in a story telling-like approach to instrumental expression. Instruments that are on the 2010 album “What Lies Beneath” include a sublime gathering ranging widely from traditionals such as guitar, percussion and bass to world instruments such as didgeridoo and udu along with a few peculiar stragglers that include the ukulele and even an electronically modified Speak N Spell! As an inspired attempt to blend unheard of instrumental combinations in a timeless coherent album, “What Lies Beneath” stands alone in an un-categorizable smorgasbord of sonic exploration.
Article by Mike Gamache