Last night, guitar virtuoso Michael Gulezian performed at a house concert in Montclair. As the performance began, Michael looked out at the hills and declared, “Do you realize how lucky you are?”
He waxed poetic about the eucalyptus, pines, redwoods…plus the fresh breezes and fogs. Then he blurted that his Nashville home base is an (expletive deleted) by comparison. We all kinda replied “yeah, we know.”
Why did Michael Gulezian show up here? Well, you just have to chalk this up to kismet. Montclarion Andy Kleiber discovered the guitarist via Pandora Radio, noticed he played a few house concerts, and asked him as a lark. Sure enough, Gulezian decided to pay a house call while touring the Bay Area!
Though he’s not exactly obscure, we didn’t know much about Gulezian before. He takes acoustic guitar playing to another dimension, and his creations envelope you. Listen to his MP3 radio station, and select Michael Hedges Goes To Heaven (#10) as an example of transcendent music.
You should also see this virtuoso in action, as he literally plays the whole guitar. While the audio isn’t stellar, watch him perform the removed, ethereal Whale In The Sky. Or check out his most popular video (nearing 20k views), which is the straight-ahead, cheerful Little Meggie.
In person, Gulezian seems amazingly humble and pure. He thought about making money and even earned an MBA, but chucked it away in favor of music-making. Now he creates music that’s to his own liking, and it shows in the joy on his face while playing. We were lucky to meet him.