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      June 19, 2018

      Tuesday   8:00 PM

      510 Embarcadero West
      Oakland, California 94607

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      Acoustic Alchemy


      Guitarists Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale celebrate a remarkable two decadesplus since 1987s Red Dust and Spanish Lace established the British ensemble as anever evolving, powerhouse force in contemporary jazz. Their thousands of fans aroundthe world may be feeling nostalgic, but the duo, while keeping their trademark acousticguitar synergy front and center, is clearly committed to forging ahead. Carmichaelexplains the energy is the result of a natural chemistry hes developed with Gilderdaleover the years since Gilderdale (formerly a backing guitarist with the band) becameCarmichaels full partner after the passing of founding member Nick Webb in 1998 andthe release that year of Positive Thinking.The road to instrumental stardom began when Webb and Carmichael provided the oneoff-in-flight entertainment for a Virgin Airlines England to America flight, in search of anelusive recording contract; they often liked to say they played their way to America.Signed to the MCA Master Series label by Tony Brown, their popularity took off inconjunction with the rise of the New Adult Contemporary radio format.Acoustic Alchemys early MCA albumsstarting with Red Dust and Spanish Lace andcontinuing with 1988s Natural Elements and 1989s Blue Chipwere all later rereleasedon GRP. One of the bands most remarkable recordings was 1996s live in thestudio date Arcanum, which featured new arrangements of classics, a few new tracks,and full orchestration. Recorded over three days at Pinewood Film Studios in England(home to all the James Bond films), the sessions were filmed by director Aubrey Powellfor a television documentary of the band, released on video as Best Kept Secret; GRPre-released this on DVD in July, 2006 with extra archived live performance anddocumentary footage. In 2002, Acoustic Alchemy also released Sounds of St. Lucia, aCD/DVD live concert package based on a performance recorded by BET television.Acoustic Alchemy recently released in conjunction with Universal Music The Very Bestof Acoustic Alchemy Vol 2 which they will be promoting throughout 2009.

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