THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF has teamed up with world leading classical guitarist, CRAIG OGDEN, and recorded an album with classical crossover music.
Following her success with her guitar version of Sarate´s “Zigeunerweisen Op.20″ last year, she decided to record a full album with pieces of music normally played by violin virtuosos.
Craig Ogden had his third number 1 album in the UK this summer and he was recently featured as one of the top 20 classical guitarists of all times, by ClassicFM. He was been nominated for a Grammy and the UK Brit Awards several times.
The first video from the collaboration with Craig Ogden premiered on Guitar World earlier this week. They took on the extremely challenging Caprice 24 by Paganini. It has already been shared almost 15K times. Paganini Guitar Duel: The Commander-In-Chief and Craig Ogden Play Caprice No. 24 — Video | Guitar World
The CIC brought Craig with her to her native Norway, where they recorded the album at Velvet Recording in the small town of Spydeberg in July. In August they went back to Norway and filmed four music videos for the album, at fantastic locations. All four videos will be released by the official release day for the album, December 1st 2014.
The album can be pre-ordered at Pledge Music, where people can get a signed CD, signed Vinyl, a private house concert, guitar lessons and much more. The Commander-in-Chief & Craig Ogden: 2 Guitars: The Classical Crossover Album
The two of them are going back to Norway in a few days to do two shows at two different prisons, before their first London show on October 18th, at Kings Place.
Norwegian 7string guitarist/singer/songwriter THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF was a guest on the extremely popular Saturday night TV Talk Show, Lindmo, on NRK in Norway, February 1st.
The show had an impressive 636 000 viewers, which is very good for a country with only 5 million people.
Other guests included best selling author Hans Olav Hamran and one of Norway´s most popular acoustic guitar players/songwriters, Jan Eggum, who praised The Chief´s advanced guitar playing as very impressive.
Parts of her latest video, Zigeunerweisen Op. 20, was aired during the interview as well. The video is on Guitar World´s Top 10 viral videos of 2013.
The Chief also showcased her new Neon green DR strings on the TV show, after signing with DR strings at the NAMM show two weeks ago. HERE is a link to the Talk Show, with The Chief starting around 14:40.
She will be a guest on another major TV show next month.
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The Commander-In-Chief Management has announced that the 7string guitarist, singer, songwriter THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF will be at the NAMM show this month. She will do a signing session for Laney Amps on Saturday the 25th at 2pm, together with other Laney artists, among them Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and Mattias “IA” Eklundh. More information HERE.
Her sensational guitar-duel video, the first ever guitar version of the classical masterpiece “Zigeunerweisen”, is on 4th place on Guitar World´s Top 10 viral videos of 2013. The video has more than 100 000 views on YouTube, since the release last month. HERE is a link to the feature interview Guitar World did with her during Christmas. It has been shared more than 6 000 times.
The Commander-In-Chief Management has announced that the 7string guitarist/singer/songwriter THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF has landed on 4th place on Guitar World`s “Top 10 viral videos of 2013″ list, with her historic guitar version of the very challenging classical masterpiece for violin, Zigeunerweisen Op. 20, the first ever professional guitar duel between a metal guitarist and a classical guitarist.
The single and video was released only three weeks ago but has already close to 75 000 views on YouTube. It has charted as number 1 three times on iTunes Classical chart for Norway.
Since the release, The Chief has been a guest on BBC radio, has done numerous interviews with magazines and newspapers – and in January she will be a guest, and perform, on a national TV Talk Show.
The Commander-In-Chief Management has issued the following:
was invited to the legendary Mike Read
`s show, on BBC radio recently, to talk about her unique guitar version of the classical piece called Zigeunerweisen Op.20
. The interview is streamed on this link
and The Chief comes in at 02:06:00.
Her guitar duel with classical guitarist Thomas Valeur is now on the iTunes charts of top classical new releases in USA and Norway.
The guitar duel video is featured in both Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines and is about to reach 50 000 views, 6 days after the release.
The Commander-In-Chief Management has announced that The historic guitar duel and recording of P. Sarasate’s violin masterpiece, Zigeunerweisen Op. 20, has become an instant internet sensation! It was released on The Commander-In-Chief‘s YouTube Channel a couple of days ago.
The Commander-In-Chief with Thomas Valeur
World leading guitar magazine, Guitar World, posted it on their website, FB and Twitter less than 48 hours ago. The feature on their website has more than 20 000 Shares already!
The two guitar virtuosos, The Commander-In-Chief (also known as the Queen of Shred) and classical guitarist, Thomas Valeur, are totally overwhelmed by the positive feedback and amount of support this release has gotten.
This is the first professional guitar duel between a metal guitarist and a classical guitarist. This is the first time this piece of music has been recorded on guitar. The response has been 99% positive, with metal fans being very supportive of it.
For more about this, go HERE
The video has also been featured by Ibanez guitars, Laney amps and EMG pickups on their FB and Twitter pages.
The limited edition signed CD single has almost sold out and the download/single is available on Itunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc.
The Commander-In-Chief Management has announced that the Norwegian 7string guitarist/singer/songwriter THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF has released the result of her secret cooperation with Norwegian classical guitar virtuoso, Thomas Valeur.
It is the first ever professional guitar recording of P. Sarasate’s masterpiece for violin virtuosos, the entire Zigeunerweisen Op. 20 or “Gypsy Airs”.
The Commander-In-Chief with Thomas Valeur
It is also, as far as we know, the first guitar duel between a classical and a metal guitarist.
The music was recorded at Modern World Studios in Cotswolds, England. It was produced and mixed by James Mottershead, who has worked on numerous albums that has charted in the UK. It was mastered by Oscar and Grammy nominated Stephen Marsh (Life of Pi, Megadeth).
As the producer says in the video interview, we released yesterday:”Everything you hear on this recording is a performance. There are no studio tricks of any kind. They played it until we got the perfect takes”.
The single is available on Itunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc, and a limited number of signed CD singles are available on The Chief’s website, http://www.thecommanderinchief.net.
The video and single can be seen and heard here