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Alex de Grassi

Music has long been a family affair for Alex de Grassi. Though he's primarily self-taught as a guitarist, his grandfather played violin with the San Francisco Symphony and his father was a classical pianist. Even more significant are de Grassi's ties to one of contemporary instrumental music's most influential labels, Windham Hill. In addition to his status as one of the company's finest and most consistently intriguing artists, de Grassi is literally a member of the Windham Hill clan. After earning a degree in urban geography from U.C. Berkeley and performing as a street musician in London, he made ends meet by learning the carpentry trade from his cousin Will Ackerman, who was just starting a small instrumental record label. De Grassi was encouraged to record his first album, Turning: Turning Back, for the fledgling Windham Hill company. As it turns out, he had more going for him than good connections. Over the years, de Grassi has proven to be an innovative guitarist and composer whose mastery of acoustic finger-picking styles has grown to include a variety of other techniques and ethnic influences. Though he left briefly to record with RCA Novus, de Grassi has since returned to the Windham Hill fold. In the mid-'80s, his travels to Bolivia became a major inspiration. He made numerous field recordings during his visits and first incorporated indigenous influences from the culture on his 1987 RCA Novus release Altiplano. His contacts with Bolivia's Contemporary Orchestra of Native Instruments also set in motion the ensemble's first American release, Arawl, on the New Albion label. De Grassi continued experimenting with different genres and sounds that included guitar lullabies (1996's Beyond the Night Sky), his 1999 album of James Taylor interpretations, and 2000's collaboration with world music artist Quique Cruz, Tata Monk. Moving back to solo guitar work, his exploration of American folk music can be heard on 2003's Now and Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Century. ~ Linda Kohanov
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Albums by
Alex de Grassi

Top Songs by
Alex de Grassi

  1.   Song
  2.   The Water Is Wide featuring Christopher Garcia
  3.   Causeway
  4.   Western
  5.   Sleepytime
  6.   Children's Dance
  7.   Overland
  8.   A Momentary Change of Heart
  9.   The Holly and the Ivy
  10.   Trumpet Tune
  11.   Autumn Song
  12.   Cumulus
  13.   Prelude
  14.   Ripple
  15.   Luther's Lullaby
  16.   McCoy featuring Christopher Garcia
  17.   Cumulus Rising
  18.   The Water Garden
  19.   Paint It Black featuring Christopher Garcia
  20.   Christ the Apple Tree/Once in Royal David's City
  21.   Angels We Have Heard On High
  22.   The Alligator Walks Sideways on Sunday
  23.   Turning: Turning Back
  24.   Window
  25.   Slow Circle II
  26.   The Rain Is Pouring
  27.   Swordfish
  28.   Homestyle featuring Christopher Garcia
  29.   Curan Brujo featuring Christopher Garcia
  30.   Theme from The Princess Bride
  31.   Round Midnight
  32.   It Ain't Necessarily So
  33.   Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  34.   It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  35.   Vanishing Point
  36.   Lost in the Woods
  37.   The Zipper
  38.   Bright Sky
  39.   A La Nanita Nana
  40.   Beyond the Night Sky
  41.   Clockwork
  42.   Blue Trout
  43.   Charlotte
  44.   Deep at Night
  45.   Mirage
  46.   White Rain
  47.   Alpine Medley
  48.   Waltz and March of the Rhinoceri
  49.   This Side Up featuring Christopher Garcia
  50.   Come Sunday
  51.   The Man I Love
  52.   Georgia on My Mind
  53.   Hey! Bo Diddley
  54.   Good King Wenceslas
  55.   Bess, You Is My Woman Now
  56.   You've Changed
  57.   Woody Woodpecker Song
  58.   You Go to My Head
  59.   Endless Rain
  60.   Waters of Time
  61.   With His Hat in His Hand featuring Christopher Garcia
  62.   The Black Hand featuring Christopher Garcia
  63.   Darn That Dream
  64.   Down Below
  65.   Another Shore
  66.   Boo Maramba
  67.   Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
  68.   Little Rootie Tootie
  69.   Bells of London
  70.   Mamá, Papá
  71.   Yet Again featuring Christopher Garcia
  72.   O-Zone
  73.   Turning
  74.   As You Drift Away
  75.   When My Soul Embraces You
  76.   Blood and Jasmine
  77.   Para Mi Alegria featuring Christopher Garcia
  78.   Saint James Infirmary
  79.   Brahms Lullaby
  80.   Swedish Lullaby
  81.   Into the Mist

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