The Day it all began.
Jazz Review Magazine once wrote that I am “an interpretive master who plays with fluidity, grace and passion.” Very cool!
I don’t know about that – but the critics who write about these things were mostly swept away by each of my four previous recordings - from Ragtime to Tin Pan Alley to New Orleans Jazz to Duke Ellington. Believe me, I have made sure you can read all the nice things they wrote – it’s all on my websites, stevenhancoff.com and stevehancoff.com. I only wish they’d sold more!
For about fifteen years, I toured the world – about 50 countries – as an official Artistic Ambassador representing the United States of America. And, boy, did I have some amazing experiences! So many grand adventures, all the interesting people, breathtaking places…
The concerts – the music and the story of the great American music tradition, woven together with tales of the men and women who created it – have captivated audiences everywhere.
Now, after years of intense devotion to what has become my life’s work, my four-volume ebook – Bach, Casals & the Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo, which -- believe it or not, started out as liner notes! – is all done.
You can get my recording of the Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo by J. Sebastian Bach on iTunes and wherever you can still buy CDs.
And to top it off, I will make the scores of my transcriptions of all 36 of these masterpieces available to any guitarists who want to get a look at them. I hope a lot of guitar players will take the opportunity to try their hands, so to speak, at learning to play this wonderful music.
Besides being a musician, I am a grateful graduate of tiny (My graduating class had 38 members.) St. John’s College, esteemed for its singular “One Hundred Great Books of the Western World” program. I have also been a Rolfer™ for more than 30 years, and I am proud to be a member of the Grand Canyon River Guides Association.”
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