Jerry Kosak

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Jerry Kosak holds a B.M. in guitar performance from Arizona State University and a M.M. in musicology and guitar from Northern Arizona State University. Jerry is a guitarist/composer performing original music for solo guitar. Drawing from a great diversity of musical experiences, his music and playing blend contrasting idioms to create a fresh image of traditional music. Blues, classical, rock, and jazz styles have all been influential in producing a "great reflection of many different styles," according to Kevin Barnes of KBEM radio. Jerry has been a member of the MacPhail faculty since 1995, teaching classical, blues, slide, and rock guitar. He was the first two-time winner of the Zeitgeist Eric Stokes Song Contest, receiving the award in 1999 and 2000. His CD, "Many Dances," showcases his skills as composer and instrumentalist/vocalist producing eclectic guitar music.

Jerry grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Arizona when he was accepted in the guitar program at Arizona State University. After receiving both a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance and a Master of Music degree in classical guitar and musicology, he taught music at Northern Arizona University. While in Flagstaff, AZ, Jerry performed the blues with Ray Rossi and Hans Olson. Acquiring several National metal-body guitars further propelled his musical direction into the realm of fingerstyle and slide guitar. The result of academia overlapped with the blues "suggests Segovia playing the music of Robert Johnson, while thinking about Leo Kottke."

Currently, Jerry performs in the upper mid-west and writes music for the guitar. Jerry was the first two-time winner of the Zeitgeist Eric Stokes Song Contest, receiving the award in 1999 and 2000. In 1999, he was awarded a grant from MacPhail Center for Music to compose student pieces. In addition, he is a recipient of the 2001 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. Jerry has performed on shows with Tommy Emmanuel, Bob Brozman, Catfish Keith, Steve James, Phil Heywood, and Hull and Larsen. Vancouver guitarist, Don Alder says of his performing that he has "got a great spirit and plays some mean guitar!" His CD, Many Dances, showcases his skills as composer and instrumentalist/vocalist producing "wonderful guitar music."



Music:

Title Genre Level Price
Many Dances CD $15.00



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