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Michael Coppola

Primary Instrument: Guitar, 8-string

Born: April 9, 1956    

Michael Coppola

”You're onto something there, you're a real innovator” Les Paul, The Iridium, 4/14/2008

Michael Coppola began playing guitar at the age of eleven. His musical foundation, which began with instruction from guitarist Ritchie Lengel, was later developed through the combination of classical fingerstyle studies and lessons with jazz artist Sal Salvador. He pursued his education at the Boston Conservatory of Music; in Austria, at Die Hochschule Fuer Music, where he studied serial and atonal composition with Guenther Kahowitz, and later in Manhattan with jazz master Walter Bishop Jr.

In 1980 Michael won 1st place in the Ovation Guitar Company's national competition. He released his “Jet Blue” recording in 1987. The album, which received international attention, is a collection of jazz standards and originals all played on unaccompanied nylon string guitar....
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Awards

Ovation National Guitar competition 1981 1st place John Lennon songwriting (Movin) runner up jazz division 2002 Coda Top Ten (cds) of 2002 (return of the hydra)
”an artist with big ears for harmonic invention” lois moody ”fast arpeggios and glissando defy guitar logic” there is evidence that michael coppola is right and other 6 and 7 string players are missing something Andy Mackensie ”listening to this cd you will realize the musical genius and the technical capability of MC” Dr Frank Forte ”a mixture of precision and beauty” Jim Fisch ”it sounds as if there are 2 Johnny Smiths playing” David Nathan “ jazz guitar music at it's finest” Lee Prosser

VOICINGS IN MY HEAD (CD) ”George Van Eps taken to a new galaxy” cadence jan,feb,mar 2012 ”Michael's playing is remarkable, with interesting runs and deep harmonies. Voicings in my head presents beautiful arrangements with wonderful re-harmonizations of 16 classic tunes. Bravo! “ Eric Elias Just Jazz Guitar

  • New Impressions

    Independent Records
    2003

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