Brilliant Strings – the Guitar Gathering on First Sundays @ ArtShare LA

July 19, 2013
::First Sunday of August
WHO - BRILLIANT STRINGS ~the Guitar Gathering on First Sundays @ Art Share LA~
WHAT - vol.3: "Transcending Borders"
WHEN - Sunday, August 4th (4-6pm)
WHERE - ArtShare LA, 326 S. Hewitt, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213.687.4278
COST - $10 (suggested donation)
CONTACT - Goh Kurosawa ( / Juli Emmel (

Welcome to Brilliant Strings – the Guitar Gathering on First Sundays @ ArtShare LA. This is a fresh music series that takes place in the Artist District of downtown Los Angeles. We are dedicated to being a meeting place for an eclectic and diverse melting pot of music appreciators and guitar fans of all genres. Brilliant Strings is programmed with much care to offer a wide variety of guitarists and musicians to be showcased in a listening friendly space. In addition to a headliner, each gathering provides several special guests, and/or other surprises: artists, touring acts, builders, guitar-like instruments, guitar pedals, amps, and masterclass workshops.

::Host of Brilliant Strings::
Goh Kurosawa (multi-guitarist) -
" listen to Goh Kurosawa is to force oneself to abandon any notion of category or genre. While it is true that he flows effortlessly between flamenco, jazz, rock, samba and even classical, it should not be said that Goh has not firmly planted his flag in the fabled land of jazz. It should not be mistaken that he is not a jazz player..."
JazzTimes -

::Headliner for "Transcending Borders"::
Mon David (guitar & voice) -
Winner of the 2006 London International Jazz Competition, Mon David's spectacular vocal prowess has been recognized by Jazz Times Magazine's Christopher Loudon, who said,''Every once in a rare while a singer arrives clear out of the blue and knocks you out. Such a revelation is Mon David.''

::Featured Artists::

April Guthrie (cello) -
A Kansas City native and now Los Angeles based cellist and vocalist, is dedicated to performance and collaboration with artists from all genres. Her recent concerts and tours have taken her to Alaska, Australia, Canada, Eastern Europe, and to all corners of North America: performing with Guster, voco, Spiritualized, Seawolf, The Grandmothers Reinvented (Zappa), and guitarist Miroslav Tadic and actor Rade Serbedzija. She will be presenting part of a new collaborative work on hope and destruction in Syria. She currently endorses NSDesigns.

Chuck van Haecke (chuckernaut) -
"The exceptionally tasteful drummer!" - JazzTimes
Chuck brings creativity and passion to every note. A versatile drummer with an obsession for time and a penchant for space and dynamics. He plays what the moment calls for: from controlled chaotic explosions to the beauty of pure silence. Chuck has toured the world, and endorses Swan Percussion.

Kai Kurosawa (bass) -
Today his primary axe is the Beartrax; a custom 24-string tap-style instrument which he designed. Widely considered as truly one of a kind player, he is frequently invited to teach seminars and clinics in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Dimitris Mahlis (oud) -
Dimitris Mahlis is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in the Los Angeles area. His skills on oud, guitar, and other stringed instruments have led him into a rich variety of performing and recording experiences. Dimitris has had the good fortune to receive training in both Western and Eastern musical systems, and his style is known as both soulful and original.

T.J. Troy (percussion) -
T.J. Troy has established himself as one of the most multi-faceted and sought after percussion artists in Los Angeles. He has appeared at the Sounds of Arabia Festival (UAE 2010), the International Book Fair (Mexico 2009), the Territoria Festival (Russia 2008), the 16th Arabic Music Conference (Egypt 2007), and the Jerash Festival of Arts (Jordan 2007).

Yoshi Yamamoto (Japanese folk songs)
Born in Osaka, Yoshi Yamamoto's soothing & relaxing and deeply heart-touching guitar style has been derived from his over fifteen years of volunteer performances for Japanese American retirement nursing homes. Possessed with an original style of his own, his finger picking is a combination of classical guitar techniques with syncopated rhythm and jazz influenced chords. Repertoire include original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards, Latin favorites, as well as folk songs from his homeland Japan.

::First Sunday of September::
On September 1st will be Brilliant Strings vol.4: "Visual Echos" with Andre LaFosse "Turntablist Guitar" ( Should you need further information, do not hesitate to contact us please.

Brilliant Strings is set to take place on first Sundays till December 1st (; we have a facebook event page for each month:

UPCOMING (vol.3: "Transcending Borders") (vol.4: "Visual Echos" with Andre LaFosse - full line up TBA)

PAST (vol.2: "Crazy Little Boxes") (vol.1: "First Note")
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