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Roch Lockyer

Roch picked up his first guitar at the age of three, but it would be over thirty years later after a life in endurance athletics and various other austerities that he would study music. After returning from a trip to India in 2003 Roch sought out the guidance of master guitarist Jimmy Bruno and began his musical journey in earnest. After several months of study Roch began sitting in and playing locally wherever his gypsy existence found him to roam. Roch’s latest residence has been Boulder, Colorado where he was introduced to legendary pianist Art Lande with whom he studied and subsequently recorded with. In addition, Roch also likes to mention lessons with John Stowell as musically enlightening.

Though Roch considers himself a global citizen, it is jazz and western harmony that he dedicates himself to. “I think it is best to explore and serve the environment that we arise from while also striving to expand within and inform ourselves of the infinite possibilities that are always available within this family of humanity. I am from the western world and therefore will be best able to represent that harmonic and melodic tradition. In one lifetime if I strive to even scratch the surface of this tradition that will be enough.” In his first recording effort “Nondirectional” Roch has produced a set of material featuring five of his originals as well as two tunes that pay homage to friends Art Lande, and Eddie Marshall (note: “Quintennaisance” was originally recorded for the ECM label in the 70’s as a duet with Art and Jan Garbarek and “Hutch” was given to Roch by Eddie and had not been previously released). The album features an outstanding cast of supporting musicians including Ron Miles (sattva/G-Trumpet), Art Lande (piano), Bijoux Barbosa (bass) and Mike Marlier (drums).

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