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DUETS - Teja Gerken & Doug Young

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    San Francisco Bay Area guitarists Teja Gerken and Doug Young are releasing their long-awaited joint album, Duets. Fitting into the general description of “acoustic fingerstyle,” Duets is all about the organic, honest sound of two guitars. Inspired by the examples set by instrumental guitar duos ranging from folk-baroque legends John Renbourn and Bert Jansch to the sophistication of the Duo Assad, Gerken and Young create arrangements that are larger than the sum of their parts. The duo takes advantage of the timbres available through a dazzling array of tunings and by pairing a wide variety of guitars, which include steel-string acoustics, low-tuned baritones, metal-bodied resonators, full-size and miniature 12-strings, nylon-string classicals, and even an electric archtop jazz guitar.

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Autumn Roads 03:05
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Her Red Hair 04:01
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The Seagull 03:57
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Travis 04:10
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Rainy Sunday 03:48
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Nairobi 04:17
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Red Snapper 03:28

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Duets is all about the organic, honest sound of two guitars. Inspired by the examples set by guitar duos ranging from the folk baroque combination of John Renbourn and Bert Jansch to the sophistication of the Duo Assad, Gerken and Young seek to create arrangements that are larger than the sum of their parts. The duo takes advantage of the timbres available through a dazzling array of tunings and by pairing a wide variety of guitars, which include steel-string acoustics, low-tuned baritones, metal-bodied resonators, full-size and miniature 12-strings, nylon-string classicals, and even an electric archtop jazz guitar.

On Duets, Gerken and Young draw from their individual catalogs of originals, traditional folk tunes, classical pieces, an adaptation of a Beatles song, and as a left-field surprise, a tune penned by banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck. As such, Gerken’s contributions include the beautiful ballad “Her Red Hair” and the African-inspired “Nairobi,” and Young’s “Autumn Roads” opens the album with the rich sounds of baritone guitar and fluid steel-string, while his “Red Snapper” features Gerken playing electric jazz guitar. The duo twists 18th century Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega’s classical guitar “Study in Em” into a range-expanding interplay between low-tuned baritone guitar and high-strung miniature 12-string, a combination that is also featured on George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun.”

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released December 15, 2020

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Doug Young Mountain View, California

Doug Young is a fingerstyle guitarist, composer, teacher and performer who lives in the San Francisco bay area. He is a Contributing Editor for Acoustic Guitar Magazine and is the author of the Mel Bay best-selling book "Understanding DADGAD" as well as "A DADGAD Christmas" ... more

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