Guitarist MATTIAS IA EKLUNDH Hosts Lessons and Master Class at ICMP

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Mattias IA EklundhOne of the most innovative and freakishly talented guitarists of our time, Mattias IA Eklundh conducted private lessons and an interactive master class this past Thursday (Feb. 18), at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), in Kilburn, London.

The Freak Kitchen guitarist engaged the captive audience with a balance of humor, technical precision, and stylistic diversity in his performance. He shared his influences from all over the world, particularly from India where he felt challenged by interesting time signatures and melodic nuances. He also spoke with the students about finding their "moustache" with their playing and their sound; that is, trying to create something a little different that makes them stand out from the crowd and identifies their music with a particular signature.

Mattias and the ICMP student scholarship band, which included James Neye (guitar), Jamie Wilkins (bass), and Francesco Lucidi (drums), gave a high-energy and technically impressive performance of "Little Bastard." ICMP tutors Charlie Griffiths (guitar), Darren Ashford (drums) and Dave Marks (bass) then took to the stage with Mattias to give amazing performances of "Samba Caramba" and "Ketchup is a Vegetable." You can check out Mattias's performance below.

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