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Alex de Grassi

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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

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    13 songs

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    Bolivian Blues Bar

    10 songs

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    Turning: Turning Back

    12 songs

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    As You Drift Away: Lullabies on Guitar

    16 songs

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    A Windham Hill Retrospective

    12 songs

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    As You Drift Away: Lullabies on Guitar

    12 songs

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    Homestead

    10 songs

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    De Man Ia

    15 songs

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    Pure Alex de Grassi

    11 songs

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    Now and Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Century

    17 songs

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    Shortwave Postcard

    10 songs

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    The Music of James Taylor

    10 songs

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    The Water Garden

    12 songs

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    Beyond the Night Sky

    10 songs

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    The World's Getting Loud

    10 songs

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    Deep at Night

    10 songs

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    Southern Exposure

    8 songs

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    Tata Monk

    8 songs

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    Altiplano

    8 songs

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    Clockwork

    9 songs

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    Slow Circle

    13 songs

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    Alex Degrassi in Concert


Top Songs by
Alex de Grassi

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  2.   Paint It Black featuring Christopher Garcia
  3.   The Water Is Wide featuring Christopher Garcia
  4.   Causeway
  5.   Western
  6.   Sleepytime
  7.   Children's Dance
  8.   Overland
  9.   A Momentary Change of Heart
  10.   The Holly and the Ivy
  11.   Trumpet Tune
  12.   Ripple
  13.   Turning Back
  14.   Cumulus
  15.   Curan Brujo featuring Christopher Garcia
  16.   With His Hat in His Hand featuring Christopher Garcia
  17.   This Side Up featuring Christopher Garcia
  18.   Thirty-Six
  19.   McCoy featuring Christopher Garcia
  20.   Lost in the Woods
  21.   Altiplano
  22.   Mty
  23.   Two Color Dream
  24.   36
  25.   Georgia on My Mind
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Alex de Grassi

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    New Age

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    Yoga Flow

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    Meditation Mix

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    Spa

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    Folk


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