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Steve Vai Art Exhibit

Hey Folks, Steve here.

About 2 years ago I was sitting in my hotel room in China and just started doodling on a notepad. I really enjoyed doing it and watching the pieces evolve. I’ve always loved art but never tried to create my own, (Perhaps my hands were always busy doing something else!). But while on the last tour I started to really enjoy drawing while on planes, hotels after a gig, backstage, on the bus, etc.

When I got home I built a tiny art studio out of a spare area and continued to evolve the work using various mediums. I only had two rules when painting: no thinking and no criticizing the work. I found this to be tremendously liberating. It’s like automatic writing and there is no such thing as a mistake. It’s what it is.

I showed my art to Ralph Rieckermann, (artist, composer, bass player for The Scorpions). He was planning an art exhibit at The Sofitel in Beverly Hills this November 24th, and invited me to show some of my work along with 3 other artists. I thought, sure, why not. So This Tuesday at The Sofitel in Beverly Hills there will be an art exhibit with 4 different artists works. 10 of my original pieces will be on display along with signed prints. This will be the very first time I’m showing any of my artwork, and also the first time I’m actually letting people know one of my guilty pleasures, and you’re invited!
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Flash Mob VaiTune #9

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“Flash Mob” is an epic guitar anthem created and recorded by Steve Vai & The Vai Academy Army. The track is the New Vai Tunes single available November 12th via all digital online music stores. All proceeds from the download will be donated to The Make A Noise Foundation.

The Vai Academy Army is made up of the 6-, 7- and 8-string guitar players who attended Vai’s guitar camp, Vai Academy — Song Evolution Camp, in 2014. Recorded as part of the camp held at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, “Flash Mob” features a bounty of licks and guitar solos by 155 campers that Vai skillfully mixed into one track.

The song was captured in a room set up as a giant recording studio with each of the campers playing through little practice amps. The idea for the composition came to Vai after seeing a YouTube clip of a phenomenon known as a “Flash Mob,” when a group of people plan a performance in a large public place to an unsuspecting crowd.

“I love this track, its melody and the sonority of all those teaming guitars is what 6-string dreams are made of, but perhaps the most endearing and charming thing about this track to me is the guitar solos,” Vai said. “They were so much fun to record, and to see these musicians doing what they can do is always uplifting to me. This is what comes out of the mind and off of the fingers of the myriad guitar players who are in the midst of finding themselves on the instrument. The entire camp was a remarkable experience, and whenever I listen to this track it brings me right back to that collective environment and the dedicated and enthusiastic group of people who made up the campers and production team. I’m so glad we did this.”

Vai launched Vai Academy — a unique, insightful, recurring guitar camp as part of a larger educational curriculum initiative — in 2014. Each installment of the camp incorporates a different theme, making each event an exclusive, stand-alone experience. To date, the GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist has hosted camps in 2014 (Vai Academy — Song Evolution Camp) in Saratoga Springs, New York, and 2015 (Vai Academy — All About The Guitar) in Aspen, Colorado. Details on the third Vai Academy will be announced soon here on www.vai.com and www.vaiacademy.com



Rock Royalty Join Forces For A Benefit Concert For Tony MacAlpine

Los Angeles, CA) Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5Joe Bonamassa, Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event. Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Source Audio and Voodoo Labhave also generously donated equipment to be raffled.

Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.

“Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!” Adds Steve Vai, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he’s an exceptionally cool guy. It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”

“Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5, “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this!”
“Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.

Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS(Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys inSteve Vai‘s touring band The Breed.  Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May. Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.

Tickets are on sale Saturday November 7, at 10am PT through LiveNation.com, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family. A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.

Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm. For tickets, visit www.livenation.com

 

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Available now: Limited edition large signed poster (40X27)

Check out this large (40 x 27 inch) poster. Each is signed by Steve. There is a limited quantity available so get yours quickly before they are all gone!

You can get them in our webstore!
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Rock In Rio Brazil Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

STEVE VAI & CAMERATA FLORIANÓPOLIS,

60-PIECE BRAZILIAN ORCHESTRA, GIVE MESMERIZING PERFORMANCE AT ROCK IN RIO BRAZIL FOR 90,000

 

Steve Vai is the greatest rock guitarist of his generationyou can disagreebut youd be completely and utterly wrong.” 

– Vintage Guitar

 

LOS ANGELES (October 23, 2015) — Steve Vai and the 60-piece Brazilian orchestra, Camerata Florianópolis, rocked 90,000 attendees at Rock In Rio Brazil 2015 in Rio de Janeiro in a high-energy festival setting that Vai calls “a highlight career moment.”

 

The performance, which took place on September 25, included spirited takes on such Vai compositions as “Kill The Guy With The Ball,” “Velorum” “Lotus Feet,” and the finale “For the Love of God,” which you can view below along with another clip from the show.

 

Vai, who released the orchestral recording Sound Theories Vol. I & II in 2007, and garnered a GRAMMY Award nomination for his soaring and melodically stunning “Lotus Feet” from those performances, is no stranger to performing his own original compositions with orchestras around the world, but the Rock In Rio show marks the largest crowd he has performed with an orchestra at. Most recently he had performed with the Russian Philharmonic in Kaluga, Russia; the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra in Szczecin, Poland; The Evolution Tempo Orchestra from Romania; The Beijing Philharmonic in Beijing, China; the Colorado Symphony in Denver, Colorado; and The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in Holland during his 253-engagement The Story of Light World Tour, which took him to 52 countries.

 

Vai has always been drawn to composing and started studying composition at 10 years old. He is world-renowned as a master innovator in the evolution of rock guitar and is now becoming well known worldwide for his dynamic performances with orchestras and his complex compositions of orchestral works, all the while showcasing his virtuosic displays on guitar.

 

For Rock In Rio Brazil, Vai was joined by the versatile Camerata Florianópolis, under the direction of Maestro Jeferson Della Rocca, who also founded the group. In its 22nd concert season, the orchestra known for its symphonic work is considered among the most important performing groups in Brazil. In addition to the success achieved in several Brazilian states, the orchestra has achieved great recognition through tours of France, Spain, Germany and Italy.

 

“For me, performing in Rio de Janeiro at Rock in Rio 2015 with the Camerata Florianópolis was a career highlight,” Vai said. “Feeling the intensity of the orchestra that was holding me up, the night sky, the notes under my fingers and in my mind’s ear, and the aliveness of presence of the 90,000 people and their collective energy, all came together beyond my expectations. It was like standing tippy-toe at the top of Mt. Everest and sharing my secrets with the vastness.”

 

Camerata Florianópolis Maestro Jeferson Della Rocca added, “During the last song [‘For the Love of God’], the audience began to sing in chorus to the melody. It gave us chills from head to toe to see nearly 100,000 people. Steve looked at me, and I looked at him. It was amazing.”

 

Vai’s latest release, Stillness In Motion:  Vai Live In L.A., is available now from Sony/Legacy in a two-DVD set and two-CD set.  The DVD includes nearly four hours of bonus footage, edited by Vai himself, titled The Space Between The Notes, which entertainingly chronicles the epic three-year, 253-engagement The Story Of Light Tour.

 

You can keep up with Steve Vai on his websiteFacebook and Twitter, and view more videos on his YouTube channel.

 

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What The Press Is Saying About Vai’s Rock In Rio Performance:

 

“(Vai) has shown that he is one of the world’s greatest wonders…the incredible musical interaction between the legendary guitarist and the Camerata Florianópolis, Santa Catarina orchestra led by maestro Jeferson Della Rocca, was the highlight of the presentation.” – Multi Show

 

“A historic night…September 25 will be in the memory of those who were at the Sunset Stage of Rock in Rio for the union of guitarist Steve Vai and Camerata Florianópolis…” – Diario Catarinense

 

“The partnership between the (renowned American guitarist and) musicians fit nicely, with the orchestra making a ‘bed’ — a complex and grandiose base — for the guitar to soar over, taking the leading role for itself.” – Rolling Stone

 

“An impressive show…(one of) the big highlights (of Rock In Rio)…” – GShow

 

“In the melodious and compelling ‘Whispering a Prayer,’ a violinist stands to duel with Steve Vai, and the most beautiful composition gets an upgrade to thrill. It is something to watch on your knees thanking the heavens by the grace achieved.” – Rock Em Geral

 

“(Vai) left the most introspective mood of the night, with the public more concerned with watching the acrobatic guitarist frills than headbanging…the crowd was mesmerized.” – UOL

 

“Fantastic…” – Le Petit Journal

 

“The contagious ‘Whispering A Prayer’ invited the crowd to travel mentally. In the middle of the song (Vai) used just the guitar to talk to the public, showing there is no sound variation that can not be made with his instrument.” – MSN

 

“A vibrant show…” – G1

“Steve Vai alongside the orchestra Camerata Florianópolis was one of the most interesting and daring acts of Rock in Rio. This was the first time the guitarist performed at the festival, and that surely will be stored for long in his memory and the public who attended the Sunset Stage.” – Rock On Board

See Performances by Steve Vai & Camerata Florianópolis at Rock In Rio Brazil:

http://youtu.be/GUE9t9ircEo

http://youtu.be/EbCq41y2yb0

 

 



Guitarplayer.com story on Rock in Rio

Check out this cool from Guitarplayer.com on Steve’s appearance on Rock In Rio:

http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1013/steve-vai-shreds-with-60-piece-orchestra-for-90000-fans-at-rock-in-rio—video/54558

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Premier Guitar Chat Tomorrow at 1 PM PST

From Premier Guitar: “Tomorrow afternoon guitar hero Steve Vai will be taking over our page at 4pm EST / 1pm PST to take your questions about his latest live album, ‘Stillness in Motion – Vai Live In L.A.,’ his signature gear from Ibanez Guitars and Kiesel Guitars Carvin Guitars, and where he goes to get his #1 burrito. If you can’t make it tomorrow, drop your question in this (PG’s) thread.”

Please note that the time has changed to 1 PM PST.