Claude Bourbon & Adlai Alexander

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These diverse yet overlapping talents will team up for a double bill for Music Mondays at Lake Theater & Cafe. These master guitarists will each play a set that will prove to be an exceptional display of guitar taste and musicianship.
Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world. His influences give us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach…
Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; He has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.
Claude's official website : www.claudebourbon.org
Noted for the sweetness and wide range of his voice, Adlai Alexander sings and accompanies himself with intricate guitar in a way that’s rare in both the acoustic and jazz worlds.
Adlai enjoys the challenge of arranging band or orchestral music for solo guitar, drawing from his formal training in classical theory and composition. At times, his arrangements of jazz, Brazilian, ‘60s pop, and other music demand that he play simultaneous melody and bass lines—a technique he learned from world-class guitarist Tuck Andress, of the duo Tuck & Patti.

Sources for Adlai’s unexpected repertoire include Broadway and the Amazon rain forest, and he is known to sing in Portuguese, Hindi, or Japanese in any given set. Along with original music, he’s written lyrics for his own renditions of instrumental songs by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, and Ralph Towner. He’s also created lyrics based on quotes from Shakespeare, or titles of Duke Ellington songs.
Adlai has shared the stage with artists such as Randy Newman, Leo Kottke, Tuck & Patti, Kenny Rankin, and Brazilian star Marisa Monte. He’s appeared at the Monterey Jazz festival and venues such as the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA, and Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR.
Tickets available online until 4 pm day of the show.

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