The brotherhood between Nicola Cipriani and Brad Myrick has formed an inimitable merger of music, culture, instrumental virtuosity, and an ever-evolving artistic vision realized through communication and interplay on the guitar and beyond. For over two years they have performed around Europe and the United States, filling clubs, theaters, and universities. Their songs, completely composed for, arranged with, and recorded on two acoustic guitars, thrill audiences while the stories behind them bring listeners on a journey through places, encounters, and emotions with the two guitarists. Following up on their “Live in Bulb” EP (2018) and their first full-length studio album “Wanderlust” (2019), Cipriani & Myrick begin 2020 with the release of the most significant album in the evolution of their project, “Reflections”
“Wanderlust” was an album of travels, with songs born from the artists’ individual experiences of touring the world. It was nominated for “Best Jazz Album” at the 2019 New England Music Awards, and the record release concert was named one of the “Best Shows Overall” in the state of New Hampshire in 2019 (Hippo Press, Dec ’19). Recorded in November, 2019 at the end of the Wanderlust tour, “Reflections” presents a profound change of course for their music. “Reflections” showcases the duo’s next level of artistic maturation, conceptualized and written from the shared experiences of dozens of concerts played and thousands of miles traveled together, from Florida to New Hampshire, and across Italy. Nine distinct new compositions are shaped by suggestive ideas ranging from ethereal to cinematographic, and exciting forays into pop, world music, and the rhythmic traditions of American folk.
The notion of instrumental songs being finite moments unto themselves is torn apart and reconstructed into a full concert experience. A Cipriani & Myrick show more closely resembles an evocative guided tour by two musicians using their tales and their compositions to bring the entire event to life. Come see it to believe it.
“Echoes of folk, melodic apertures, very fast bluegrass phrases, and a profound sense of rhythm: Nicola Cipriani & Brad Myrick’s songs are little soundtracks to movies that each of us can project in our own mind, to go to our own favorite places.” – Giulio Brusati, L’Arena, Verona, Italy