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Live music: One man band

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

One-man band Alan Vasquez is set to put on one of his spectacular performances tonight at the Winter Park Pub. The show will highlight styles from acoustic instrumentals to Latin and electronic music.

Vasquez, based out of Chicago and most recently from Fort Collins, creates “music for the soul” he terms “electrocoustic.”

“I loop all the instruments, which range from acoustic and electric guitar, bass and an array of electronic equipment, to create a full sound that I have designed,” he said.

“Inspiration is in abundance in the mountains,” he said. Vasquez spent the past four years on the road “touring and learning how to turn these emotional inspirations into the audio realm.” Vasquez already has some big shows under his belt, including opening performances for Keller Williams, Jazz Mandolin Project, The Big Wu and Groovatron.

Influences include Thievery Corporation, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Air, Bittersweet, Bonobo, Federico Aubele, Four Tet, Husky Rescue, Karsh Kale, Koop, Kings of Convenience, Lemon Jelly, Manu Chao, Peace Orchestra, Soulstance, Ween, Beck, Modest Mouse, Phish, Santana and “plenty more I can’t think of right now.”

His foundation lies within his acoustic guitar.

“I play with a really quick melodic drive when my acoustic sits in my hands,” he said. “It becomes a part of me and I go along for the ride. With that layer paved, I add on the bass and electronic equipment to create a full sound that derives solely from my soul.

“I have set a goal to be able to channel my pure emotions into notes and I feel as though I’m becoming more and more capable of that.

“I want people at my shows to leave with a smile on their face and for that feeling to resonate so soundly that they’ll remember that memory forever.”

This is a return trip for Vasquez, who first came to perform in the Fraser Valley shortly after moving to Colorado.

“My wife came with me for that first show and we were like little children. It was an experience I will never forget.” He said a huge welcoming sign was seeing Vasquez mountain, since Vasquez is their last name. “I still have a pin I bought that I wear on my favorite hat to keep the experience fresh. We met a number of amazingly welcoming people that showed us a good time and gave us hospitality for the night. I always look forward to coming back.”

A review of Vasquez’s live show by columnist Brian Heisler is published on jambase.com. He writes, “Close your eyes, and you hear an entire band. Open your eyes, and you can’t believe you only see one man on stage. Alan Vasquez uses effects, pedals, and looping technology in combination with acoustic, electric and bass guitars, mandolin, percussion and more to create an amazingly unique sound.

Audiences are astounded by seeing a single artist become so connected to his music in a live setting.”


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