Join the legendary Robben Ford and Special Guests at the All-access, All-inclusive Guitar Experience of a Lifetime!
One of the premier electric guitarists today, Robben Ford is particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Clause Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield and many others. Robben’s impressive, acclaimed body of work continues to receive praise from critics and peers alike.
Larry Groce, Host of NPR’s Mountain Stage, has said, “If you see a list of the greatest guitar players of the last 50 years that doesn’t include Robben Ford on it, be suspicious.” Guitar.com has noted that Robben’s playing can be summed up in one word: “Sophistication. The term describes Ford’s music on a number of levels. The eclectic musician regularly touches on blues, jazz, R&B, and rock, blending instrumental and lyrical ideas into a package so elegant, yet musically invigorating."
An important and essential component of Robben’s career is his commitment to teaching and passing on what he’s learned over the past several decades to current and aspiring musicians. The wealth of his expertise and creativity will generously be presented as part of Robben Ford’s Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp.
Jeff McErlain has been playing professionally and honing his craft as a guitar teacher for over twenty-five years. He’s now at the top of his field in guitar instruction, teaching lessons both out of his studio in NYC and around the globe via Skype. Jeff’s thirteen courses and iPad apps are best sellers, including his extremely popular 50 Licks Series and Blues Guitar Survival Guides on TrueFire. Jeff is a pioneer of on-line guitar education through both his customized personal lessons and his on-line guitar classroom, "The Juke Joint". Jeff was also the guitar teacher and musical consultant on the feature film.
Apart from his own workshops, Jeff has taught at the Crown Guitar Festival, National Guitar Workshop and The Bath Guitar Festival. Jeff regularly contributes to Premier Guitar and Guitar Player magazines. Jeff is also in demand as a touring musician, songwriter, musical director, and producer. He has had songs on The Voice, American Pickers, and in several feature films. Jeff’s CD, "I'm Tired," has received rave reviews and features members of Chic Corea's Elektric Band.
Drummer Hari Ganglberger has recorded and worked with artists such as Robben Ford, Jeff
McErlain, Bill Laswell, Admas, GIGI, Alex Machacek, diNMachine, Kap10Kurt, George Garzone, Mino Cinelu, Ellen Greene, Nellie McKay, Orchestra of United Theaters Vienna and the house band of the Vienna based “Sunshine” record label among others.
Born in Austria, Hari started playing violin at age 8, and changed to drums at age 15. He began performing with various local groups, studied classical percussion and spent time as a drummer in the Austrian army music corps. He then moved on to study drums at the prestigious Jazz Conservatory of Vienna and worked as sidemen and session drummer for numerous artists in a wide variety of styles.
In 2000 he relocated to New York City to expand his musical scope, and is now based in Brooklyn. He is currently drumming for several bands and working in music production.
His teaching experience includes the Robben Ford Traveling Guitar Dojo at Music Masters Camps, faculty at Schubert Conservatory Vienna and National Guitar Workshop.
An east coast native currently sharing his time between New York and Cleveland, electric bassist Kip Reed has been called to lend his talents to a plethora of major artists spanning several genres. His roots in Blues, Rock, Funk and Jazz combined with his love of Brazilian, African and other world-beat music make him one of the most in-demand bass players on the east and north coasts. In his nearly four decade career, he has recorded or performed with R&B legends Soloman Burke, Percy Faith and Odetta, disco divas Donna Summer and Gloria Gaynor, jazz legends Brother Jack Mcduff, Ernie Watts, Larry Coryell and Les Mcann and Brazilian superstars Bebel Gilberto, Ivan Lins and Tania Maria. He has been featured on recordings alongside bass greats Anthony Jackson and Freddie Washington. Notably, he can be heard on Nancy Wilson's Grammy-winning CD "Turned to Blue". He is also currently an adjunct professor of improvisation at Oberlin Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music.
In the technical world of guitar, Rick is lauded as one of the best guitar techs around. He regularly preforms guitar set ups and repairs and currently works as a guitar tech for Larry Carlton and Robben Ford. Rick also studied Audio Engineering in college and over the years acquired a broad range of skills from studio to live engineering that landed him FOH Engineer for world class groups like Miles Smiles, Larry Carlton, and Robben Ford. This history of professional music diversity provides an enormous wealth of information to share with others. Whatever the topic, Rich is passionate about educating young and old alike, as well as continuing to learn from others. This is the experience you can expect when you attend a seminar or clinic from Rick.