Based in Los Angeles since 1997, Matt DeMerritt plays sax, flute, keys, percussion and melodica and has devoted his career to an exploration of music within many styles and mediums. In addition to composing and playing his own music he has been a busy session and backup musician touring with the likes of Macy Gray, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Rakim, Ghostface Killah, Brother Ali, Redman, Pharoahe Monch, Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, Orgone, Breakestra, Brazzaville, and Allen Stone. more Matt DeMerritt
Markus Illko has the exceptional ability of having worked successfully within several facets of the music industry. At the age of 16, one of the youngest guitar students ever accepted at the University for Music and Arts Graz (Austria), he soon played in venues throughout the world, including Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Czechia, Italy, Zyprus and the USA. Performances include TV appearances like Barcelona-TV (Spain) or live radio broadcasts such as “Let’s Spend A Night Together”.
Playing different styles from Classic, Jazz, Tango and Flamenco, he was frequently invited to Europe’s most prestigious stages including Joe Zawinuls Birdland, Porgy and Bess Vienna Orpheum Graz, Palau de Musica Barcelona and many more. Not only did he win several 1. prizes, but received also the prize of honor for his achievements from the University of Music and Arts Graz (Austria).
One of his newest projects as a guitarist & producer is the band The String Revolution. It is comprised of four professional guitar players who create distinctive sounds with their guitars. This unique sound is evident in their studio recordings and sold-out live shows.
The String Revolution released their first EP, “Stringborn,” in 2016, which won them rave reviews and jam-packed shows. Their most recent CD, “Red Drops,” was released in 2019. The band’s cover version of “Billie Jean” reached the Top 10 Spotify LA Instrumental Charts, and their songs on Spotify have garnered more than two million plays. In 2019, the band was invited to perform at the Grammy Museum for their “Great Guitars” Concert Series sponsored by American Express.
Markus Illko on Radio Venice
Sunday, May 7, 2017
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- Ruth Chase and Solo Scott from the West of Lincoln Project
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Based in Los Angeles, California, The String Revolution is comprised of four professional guitar players who are not only stellar guitarists, but also create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines, and more. Their knowledge of a wide range of musical styles, guitar techniques, and a clear dedication and passion for the project brought The String Revolution together.
These musicians are at the top of their game, embarking on a debut recording followed by worldwide touring. Their shows include original compositions as well as memorable covers arranged in fresh and surprising ways. With entertaining guitar chops, exceptional musicianship and an international background, The String Revolution is no doubt a new and unique force in the world of music and guitar performance.
Janet Robin is the brainchild of The String Revolution. She was named one of the “Top ten female guitarists” by Guitar World Magazine. She has also been enjoying her career as a solo artist releasing CDs and touring internationally.
Daniel Schwarz has amazing acoustic guitar abilities and skills on the slide guitar, dobro and mandolin. He is an acclaimed music composer and musician who tours frequently in Europe.
Art Zavala Jr. brings a unique, musical guitar perspective to the project, including singing, experimental rhythms, different tunings and original songs.
Markus Illko proves his classical training as well his fluency in many other styles of music. He brings inventive fingerstyle, impeccable technique, and arrangement talent to the project.
The String Revolution on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S05.E09 – May 7, 2017
Ruth Chase is primarily a project-based artist whose award-winning series, West of Lincoln Project, probed into the lives of individuals who grew up in Venice, CA, sharing stories of adversity transformed into valuable life wisdom. She is a California-based painter that uses biographical portraiture to communicate stories of compassion, and valuable insight that promotes positive social change. Her work includes the use of social media in her creative process to stimulate conversation around human value, as well as engaging the public to actively participate in the final outcome of her work.
The West of Lincoln Project reveals the wisdom that comes from growing up in Venice. Born and raised in Venice herself, Ruth presents an authentic and intimate view of the Venice community.
11 Individual Painted Portraits of people who grew up in Venice: Meta Zimmerman, Brad James, Fernando Manzanilla, David Fowler, Rhonda Lynn Wise, Eddie Hadvina, Leonard Duran, Elaine Leslie, Solo Scott, Gloria Olivas Omar, and Ruth Chase.
Additionally, the “West Of Lincoln” painting is a college of personal stories from people from all over the world, and across many decades. Every participant submitted an image and a recorded an audio clip about their experiences and memories of Venice CA.
Born 1965, grew up on Paloma Court in Venice, CA.
Fight for your passion like your life depends on it, because it literally does. Growing up in Venice made me who I am and afforded me a lot of opportunity. At the age of seven, I got a surfboard for Christmas and I was off and running, obsessed, and became passionate about surfing from then on. That art, or talent, kept me sane amidst all the insanity.
– Solo Scott
The Opening Reception for the West of Lincoln Project is on Saturday, August 5, 4:00–8:00 pm @ Venice Arts, 13445 Beach Ave, Venice Marina, CA
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Radio Venice S05.E09 – May 7, 2017