“Chameleon” Review – Mundo Rock

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017

“Chameleon” Review – Mundo Rock

Mike Campese Chameleon (2013) (Crítica por Lucas Gordon, Febrero 2014) El neoyorquino Mike Campese nos entrega su octava producción discográfica que se titula en inglés “Camaleon”. Lo del nombre es por la diversidad de estilos que se pueden encontrar aquí, y si bien, no es que Mike se despacha con una polka rusa, pero tenemos rock, funk, metal, algo de soft, blues, y hasta música de circo con guitarra. Campese además nos demuestra una vez mas su capacidad no solo compositiva, sino interpretativa, que desarrolla a través de la guitarra, generando diversas atmosferas y momentos variantes según el oyente va pasando pieza tras pieza musical. En varios de los temas, el yankee se toca todos los instrumentos, dejando muy poco a otros músicos, en partículas, sin interpretar la batería en varios de los tracks. Para ello se apoya en dos bateristas: Mike Normandin y Art Bernstein, aunque MC hace esta labor en cinco canciones. Para cerrar el capítulo de los que integran este disquito, aparece otro neoyorquino, el talentoso Vernon Reid de Living Color poniendo guitarra en “Do It For The Cats”. Aquí el moreno pone su experiencia y personalidad tras las seis cuerdas en el solo de guitarra, que se repite varias veces, haciendo un dueto ideal para los amantes de este instrumento. En cuanto a lo musical, Campese se extiende a un disco instrumental, con un par de cortes cantados. Los temas con voz son el que le da nombre al CD, luego “She Burnt The House Down”, y “Kilauea”, donde Mike se expresa de manera verbal, con un tono de voz parecido al de Lenny Kravitz, parecido dije… mientras que el circense es “Vegas (Playing for Slots)” que está dentro de los instrumentales. Por lo pronto los dejo con la tarea de descubrir, disfrutar y pasar un buen momento de la mano de Mike y su guitarra. Que les parece? FICHA TÉCNICA Tracklist To The 9’s, Chameleon, Raise The Bow, She Burnt The House Down, Hasta And Bananas, Funky Monkey Man, Flashback, Vegas (Playing for Slots), Firefly In A Bottle, Kilauea, Do It For The Cats, Meant To Be Músicos -Mike Campese: Vocales, Instrumentos Producción —– Género Hard Rock País Estados Unidos Compañía Indie Web www.mikecampese.com See the original feature at: Click...

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“Electric City” review – Mundo Rock.

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017

“Electric City” review – Mundo Rock.

Mike Campese Electric City (2010) (Crítica por Lucas Gordon, Marzo 2011) A Mike lo conocí en un NAMM show hace ya algunos años, me mando un par de sus discos y lo perdí de vista por un tiempo, pero las vueltas de la vida nos cruzó nuevamente en el NAMM y ahora una vez mas recibo su material. Mike viene de padres italianos, nació en New York y se recibió con honores en el famoso GIT, ahora más conocido como el Music Institute (MI) de Hollywood, estudiando con Paul Gilbert (MR. Big), y mismo instituto donde se recibieron artistas como Red Hot Chilli Peppers, entre otros. Una vez más Campese se da el placer de lanzar a un mercado alicaído un cd bastante orientado a lo instrumental, pero no netamente solo de instrumentos. Eso se debe a que hay algunas canciones donde el mismo Mike canta. Pero aparte el ejecuta cada instrumento y sonido que se escucha en su séptima edición titulada “Electric city”. Este album tiene disímiles atmósferas sonoras. Tiene un contexto, trasfondo que es rock metal eléctrico y acelerado, pero dentro del grosso del asunto se expande a distintas facetas. Me causa curiosidad que los temas cantados tienden a sonar mas alternativos, no se si será por la manera disonante de cantar de Mike que se orienta a lo que el grunge suele sonar. Lo prog se asoma con la complejidad que se puede apreciar en “LandShark” que si uno relaciona cabos, tendría que ser solamente instrumentos, pero es cantado. “Kauai Blue”, da la impresión al principio de que va a sonar mas alternativo, pero luego la manera en que esta compuesto el tema, me recuerda un poco a David Lee Roth y su timbre de voz sutilmente también me recuerda a Phil Collins. Que menjurje! En algunas composiciones instrumentales, el neoyorquino pasa se lo clásico al shred, demostrando la facilidad de manejar las seis cuerdas a su piachere’! En definitiva, MC con cada lanzamiento sigue afianzando su titulo de guitarrista iluminado. Y “Electric city” no es mas que otra prueba de ello. FICHA TÉCNICA Tracklist Eleventh Degree, Shred Machine, Heavy Thing, Cruisin Across the Mojave, Over the Top, Kauai Blue, Closer to the Sun, Napali Coast, Punk Ass, LandShark, Shred, The Bitch Upstairs, Butterfingers, Camelryde Músicos -Mike Campese: Guitarras Producción Mike Campese Género Hard Rock País Estados Unidos Compañía Indie Web www.mikecampese.com See full article here....

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“Chapters” Review, Mundo Rock.

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017

“Chapters” Review, Mundo Rock.

NOTICIAS CRITICAS ARTICULOS ENTREVISTAS BANDAS CONTACTO Mike Campese Chapters (2016) (Crítica por Diego Ramírez, Marzo 2017) Mike Campese es un virtuoso gutarrista norteamericano, nacido en New York y que aparte de su carrera solista, ha contribuido en infinidad de álbumes de grandes luminarias de la música rock. Además ha realizado muchas clínicas en donde ha dictado cátedra con la guitarra. “Chapters” es su noveno trabajo discográfico como solista. Se trata de una pieza instrumental en su mayor parte, y más específicamente un disco de guitarras acústicas, bastante intimista, eventualmente acompañado de algunas guitarras eléctricas. Algunos temas llevan sonidos algo tristes como “The Quake Of Laviano”, que recuerda la tragedia de dicha localidad italiana sacudida por un terremoto en 1980 y en donde Mike perdió a varios allegados. También está “You Take My Breath Away”, uno de los pocos temas en los que Campese pone su voz. En general, es un buen disco, para escuchar en momentos de relajación. FICHA TÉCNICA Tracklist The Quake of Laviano, You Take My Breath Away, Capriccio Di Parma, Lonely Road to Rome, Romeing the Colosseum, Dance of Venice, Riding to Amalfi Coast, Cathedral of Florence, Treviso Skies, Across the Mediterranean, Cardinale, Ariel’s Dream, Live Tribe, T Músicos -Mike Campese: Guitarras, Vocales Producción Mike Campese Género Rock País Estados Unidos Compañía Indie See full article at: Click...

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Mike Campese – Times Union, Albany NY – Newspaper Feature and Interview

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

Mike Campese – Times Union, Albany NY – Newspaper Feature and Interview

Albany guitarist Mike Campese at the Madison Musician’s career entails more than playing By Jim Shahen Jr Updated 4:51 pm, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Mike Campese “Your personality comes out in your music,” said Mike Campese, Albany-area guitar god, of how he uses his six-string virtuosity to express himself. “You’re speaking in music instead of words.” For Campese, speaking in music has been a long, fruitful conversation that’s taken him around the world and provided him with many opportunities. On Saturday, it’ll take him back to his hometown for a show at the Madison Theater. While Campese has a distinguished recording career as a solo artist, his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and session gigs, the live setting is where he flourishes. “The best thing is live,” he said. “In the studio, you can overanalyze it. Live, you go for it! “Everything comes together, you have the energy of the crowd, it’s the end result of what you put into your music,” he enthused. While some shows, like past performances and his upcoming set at Saratoga’s First Night in a few weeks, consist of just Campese and a backing track, at the Madison show he’ll be helming a power trio. He’s looking forward to the dynamic a theater performance presents. “It’s a really cool place and the sound is really good,” Campese says of the Madison Theater. “The best part of a theater show is that people come to see you, to see the show. Related Stories Famous bands and musicians from Upstate New York “We’re planning on playing a couple of hours, like 2 and a half hours,” he continued. “We’ll probably play like 4 or 5 songs off every album.” That includes tracks from his ninth and most recent album, “Chapters,” released last summer. Propelled largely by delicate, melodic acoustic arrangements augmented with tasteful electric leads, it’s a sonic departure from the dexterous shredding he’s probably most known for. “Every album is different,” Campese explained. “If one person hears just one album, it doesn’t represent who I am. “I was due for an acoustic album,” he continued, noting that his last acoustic album was 2007’s “Hidden Treasures.” “I like the sound of the distortion of electric (guitars). Acoustic doesn’t fully express who I am. (Electric lead overdubs) provide more variety, kind of serve like a violin.” As well as its sonic differences, “Chapters” reveals the flexibility and...

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Guitarz Forever – Mike Campese Interview

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016

Mike Campese Chapters Mike Campese is a New York born guitarist that started playing guitar at the age of 13, and was exposed to music around the house, with his Father being a virtuoso violinist and his brother playing guitar. Mike, the youngest of the family, was heavily into Black Sabbath. Their music inspired him to learn the guitar and he began lessons with a Jazz guitarist. Mike was also heavily into Jimi Hendrix and other artists like Ozzy, AL Di Meola, Van Halen and many more. Mike was very obsessed with the guitar and he played it day and night, hours on end. When he was very young, his Dad encouraged him to listen to all types of music including classical music. He said, “if you want to be a great guitarist you must be open to all types of music.” Mike began listening to the virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini, admiring his incredible speed and techniques. He was also listening to Beethoven, Mozart, Yngwie and Vivaldi. Mike was in bands playing clubs, writing and performing at a very young age. After high school, Mike packed up and moved to Hollywood, California to attend one of the world’s top guitar schools, the Musicians Institute (GIT). Mike was studying with many great players such as Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Norman Brown, Keith Wyatt and many others. Attending this school opened up many new doors that exposed Mike to many styles of music. Mike graduated with top honors. Courtesy of Mike Campese.com Mike Campese Interview Scott – Hi Mike, Welcome back… What’s been up with you over the last 2 years? Can you give us some kool highlights? Mike – Hello Scott, it is great to be back! I have been doing the usual, writing music, recording, session work, writing lessons for magazines and still teaching guitar too. Also, I just released a new acoustic album and I recently signed to a new record label. I have been performing as well and I’m looking to do some tours. We recently shared the stage with Geoff Tate of Queensryche and I’m looking forward to doing another show at the Madison Theater in Dec. I’m still playing at NAMM in Anaheim, CA each year. Scott – So you have a new album out… Give us the name of it and why a new CD now? Mike – It is called “Chapters”. I was...

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“Chapters”, Anti Music Review

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016

Mike Campese – Chapters by Kevin Wierzbicki The recent earthquake in central Italy no doubt brought back horrible memories for Campese; the guitarist lost several relatives to a similar event that occurred in the same area a few years ago. Campese memorializes the tragic event in “The Quake of Laviano,” the album’s lead-off track and a cut that really showcases the varying tones that he gets out of his acoustic guitar; the instrumental mimics the event as bright, carefree notes are suddenly interrupted by chords that rumble ominously. Regardless of the horror that inspired it, “The Quake of Laviano” is a thing of beauty, as are the prog-tinged “You Take My Breath Away,” a vocal cut where Campese plays electric guitar, piano, drums and synth in addition to singing, and the speedy Steve Howe-like picking of acoustic instrumental “Capriccio Di Parma.” Campese likes to say that he is not a singer, he is a guitarist that sings, and while his vocal work on a few songs here is perfectly fine, the bulk of the album is instrumental. Campese’s travel, especially in Italy, has inspired much of the music here, evident in titles like “Cathedral of Florence,” “Treviso Skies,” “Dance of Venice” and the cleverly-titled “Romeing the Colosseum,” all of which feature masterful playing and many of which move at a tempo that’s conducive to grooving along. The album’s final two cuts are inspired by a place as sunny as Italy that’s located on the other side of the world; vocal cut “The Garden Isle” and closing instrumental “Kona” are as sublime as Hawaii itself. Mike Campese – Chapters Rating: 4 Original Feature, Click...

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