Stanley to play benefit for Center for Music Therapy in Austin, TX

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Featured SXSWS Showcase Friday night March 14, Benefit Concert for the Public Saturday March 15 At University Presbyterian Church Austin, TX February 12, 2014

Four time Grammy nominee Stanley Jordan brings his astonishing virtuoso musicianship to Austin as a featured performer in SXSW at The Elephant Room at 315 Congress Avenue, on Friday night March 14 just after midnight. For the general public and those who prefer an earlier show, he will headline a special benefit concert for the Center for Music Therapy the next evening, March 15 at 8 PM at the University Presbyterian Church at 2203 San Antonio Street.

In a career spanning 3 decades, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected.

Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim is his innovative "touch technique.” A classically trained pianist before playing guitar, Jordan wanted greater freedom in voicing chords on his guitar, so he applied piano principles to do so. This revolutionary technique allows Jordan to play melody and chords at the same time, as well as to play simultaneously on two different guitars, or even on both guitar and piano.

His most recent album "Friends" on Mack Avenue Records was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Los Angeles Times jazz critic Leonard Feather wrote, “Genius is a word often tossed around in musical circles, but it has been rightfully applied to Stanley Jordan.” To date Jordan has performed in over 60 countries on 6 continents. He performs frequently as a soloist and with his band, as well as collaborating with other guitarists such as Kevin Eubanks, Sharon Isbin and Muriel Anderson. He's also a frequent guest with jam bands such as the Dave Matthews Band, the String Cheese Incident, Phil Lesh and Friends, Moe and Umphrey's McGee.

Stanley is committed to music as an artistic, spiritual, and even health-promoting endeavor. He has been immersed for more than a decade in music therapy, for which he is now working towards a master’s degree. His involvement with music therapy leads him to do outreach in schools, hospitals and other venues wherever he tours. He is an artist-spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association, and he has done numerous lectures and demonstrations on the healing applications of music.

All proceeds from the Saturday night concert (doors open 7:30 PM) will go to benefit the Center for Music Therapy to aid them in the creation of their new space, and tickets will go on sale February 17. Jordan also plans additional small group music healing events in Austin. For tickets/information, contact the Center at 512-472-5016

PRESS CONTACT: Carina Sayles/Sayles & Winnikoff Communications (908) 295-0177

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