Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lord Geoffrey Presents Dylan McKinstry and Friends Concert and Pickin' Party

Lord Geoffrey's acoustic music series in Cambridge, featuring rising young talent from theBerklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, continues. The third of eight concerts is Wednesday, October 23, Dylan McKinstry and Friends!

The concerts are presented at Outpost 186, 186-1/2 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge where there is plenty of space and on-street parking / close to the T.  It's an art gallery with plenty of room to move, not a bar where artists compete with loud conversations and blaring televisions, or a cramped listening room where patrons are packed into tiny tables. Patrons are encouraged to bring string instruments for the after-concert pickin' party.

Darol Anger (Berklee) and Tanya Kalmanovitch (NEC) are Lord Geoffrey's Fall season consultants.

Dylan McKinstry is 24 year old multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer working and living in Minneapolis, MN and attending NEC.

Dylan, who has been called “…a vibrant young acoustic music architect with a bold new approach to guitar playing…’’ has always been a fond proponent of story-telling and the language of song. Within a single song McKinstry will sashay seamlessly between the usual suspects: jazz, blues, folk-funk, classical and modal middle-eastern with a hint of disco. With ease, he dances in and out of styles and genres, leaving his foot-tapping audiences pleasantly plump with melodies to hum. Dylan’s athletic, high caliber technique and mature compositional style can only be compared to the great guitarists of today, and has allowed him to turn the 6 string guitar into a sonic mélange. He has secured himself a place at the ”big kids table” of musicians, and is widely acclaimed by fellow guitar players like Dean Magraw, Andy Mckee and Michael Gulezian as being one of the most promising young guitarists of his time.

Dylan started as a session player at the age of 8, mostly as a percussionist, after it became clear that his passions stretched far beyond whimsical recreation. He has since performed on dozens of records, along side Pete Ostrushko, Larry Long, Meredith Fierke, Kurt Jorgensen, Paul Mayasich, and many others. His openness to new ideas, his thoughtfulness and range as a musician, and his ease in the studio has made him a sought after session player throughout the twin cities.

Dylan has attended a handful of exclusive seminars held by some of the top guitarists in the world. Cannington, Ontario was the first of many stops, where he studied in a small group setting with guitarists Don Ross and Andy McKee, both of whom took a liking to Dylan immediately and said of his music ”…Cool!”. From there he flew to Paris, and found himself in the little village of Chateau-Thierry at the home of French guitarist Pierre Bensusan. Besides the allure of fresh baguettes every morning, he found himself completely at ease and inspired in this kind of learning environment, and he left there with a head bursting with new ideas.
Out of High school, McKinstry began playing full-time as a soloist and as a sit in musician for Minneapolis bands. It was in this capacity that he honed his skills as a Mandolin and Mandola player, and has since found that his savvy as a soloist and mason of melodies lends itself well to ensemble playing. He is currently working closely with twin cities recording artist Meredith Fierke as a producer, songwriter, and general team player on her new album, which it slated to be released in the late summer of 2012.

He has shared the stage with Dean Magraw, Dan Schwartz, Little River Band, Brandi Carlyle, The Minnesota Orchestra, Alison Scott, Needtobreath, and many more! He is currently performing, producing and recording with twin cities recording artist Meredith Fierke. He also continues to do solo performances as a guitar player/singer.

Upcoming concerts:
November 20 - Dan Bui and Friends -

November 30 - Molly Pinto Madigan and Friends -

December 4 - Adrinna Ciccone and Friends, featuring Neil Pearlman -

December 11 - Jacob Means and Friends -

December 18 - High Rock Mountain -

Lord Geoffrey Presents Dylan McKinstry and Friends
Concert and Pickin' Party
$10 general public, $5 students.
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