The guitar has been a passion for Jay Calder for most of his life. He led worship bands for years as a pastor, but it wasn’t until Jay started listening to artists like Michael Hedges, Don Ross, Phil Keaggy and other finger-style guitar virtuosos that he discovered a new creative pallet for his own compositions. A few months after Jay's first solo guitar CD, "Breakfast With Barnabas" was released, it was nominated at the Canadian Vibe Awards as "Instrumental Album of the Year". He began performing solo guitar in a variety of venues in southern Ontario where he received “Best Acoustic Artist” at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Jay now travels across Canada playing (and sometimes speaking) at concerts, worship events and church services.
"Neume" is the name of my home studio and a type of ancient musical notation (I believe it was used for Gregorian chant music). I love the word because it expresses both imprecise notation (in other words, there is room for interpretation) and literally, "spirit" or "breath".
I will turn my ear to a proverb...
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