Jacques Stotzem Live In Concert
With Support From Gary Lutton
Jacques Stotzem has become a regular guest at European and American festivals and is often invited for tours in Japan, China or Taiwan. Since 2006, the famous American guitar company “Martin Guitar”, produces an “OMC Jacques Stotzem Custom Signature Model”, a dream for every guitar player, a consecration for Jacques. The two volumes of his CD “Catch the Spirit” (Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Nirvana, Neil Young arranged on acoustic guitar) have been a big success and stayed respectively 41 and 23 weeks in the Belgian Pop Charts.
His new album “To Rory” is an acoustic instrumental tribute to his major influence, Irish Blues-Rock guitarist Rory Gallagher. It is the very first time that Gallagher’s music is performed this way, and this new project is already getting rave reviews all over the world.
“To incorporate various aspects of full band arrangements and communicate them effectively in a solo guitar piece is no mean feat, but Jacques Stotzem has achieved it with typical flair and wonderfully expressive playing. I am sure Rory Gallagher would have been delighted with this tribute.” (Acoustic Guitar Workshop, UK 11/15)
“Lonely Road”, an album that exhibits Stotzem’s ability to create meditative musical poems rife with creative textures and beautiful tonal qualities. Highly recommended. ” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine, USA 04/12)
“Jacques Stotzem’s guitar style is unique, his compositions have as well brilliant melody line building skills, as top-notch abilities in creating structure, balance und rests in his songs. Truly a genius in his genre.” (Bridge Guitar Reviews, NL 05/07)
“Even without electricity, Jacques is able to capture and reflect the energy Hendrix demanded.” (Voodoo Child, USA Spring 2005)
“Stotzem’s version of “Purple Haze” has to be heard to be believed. Hendrix would have been proud.” (AGR Newsletter, UK 05/04)
Gary Lutton is an instrumental acoustic guitarist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was the winner of the UK/Ireland Sky TV competition Guitar Star (2015) where he had the opportunity to work with legends such as Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mike Dawes & Paco Pena. He recorded at Abbey Road Studios with producer Tony Visconti & played the main stage at Latitude festival for 30,000 people. Gary has also played alongside Thomas Leeb, Newton Faulkner, Antoine DuFour, Jacques Stotzem, Chris Woods Groove aswell as touring as the guitarist in Nitin Sawhney’s band.
His unique style said to draw’s the listener to his world as he blends interesting percussive techniques with intricate harmonics. He draws influences from Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, John Martyn and John McLaughlin.
Gary released his 1st EP ‘Departure’ in April 2016 mixed and mastered by Eric Spitzer-Marlyn at the Hitbox Altenburg (of U2, Brian Eno & Thomas Leeb fame) featuring arrangements from Fleetwood Mac and Rodrigo Y Gabriela as well as original compositions.
“Gary has fantastic presence and power on guitar and I expect to hear great things from him.” (Thomas Leeb)
“I know it’s good to look at, but if you just listen, it’s just beautiful music” (Tony Visconti Producer)
“He’s got that soul and grace in his playing” Rodrigo Sanchez (Rodrigo y Gabriella)
“Gary is amazing, beautiful stuff, I wish I could play guitar like that for real” (Sea Sick Steve)
“Thoughtful, emotive and beautiful” (Chris Woods Groove)
“The purity of Gary’s playing shines” (Acoustic Magazine)