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Muriel’s new Audio-visual show,”Wonderlust”:
Muriel Anderson’s world-renowned guitar and harp guitar playing is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen. Together they bring you on a journey around the globe, full of joy and humanity, with new tunes, old favorites, stories and images.

MURIEL ANDERSON:
One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her recent CD “Nightlight Daylight” has won top honors in 11 national awards. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. An engaging performer, Muriel’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity. In addition, her new program incorporates stunning visuals by Bryan Allen.

Recordings and Publications

Her new double CD “Nightlight Daylight” has won first place in its category in eleven national awards. It features her concept – the first ever interactive lighted CD cover and includes collaborations with her friends and fellow musicians Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Mark Kibble of Take 6, Danny Gottlieb, Stanley Jordan, Tommy Emmanuel, Earl Klugh, Howard Levy, Jeff Coffin, Tierra Negra and members of the Nashville Symphony.

Her recording of “El Noi de la Mare” appears in Woody Allen’s film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” and her “Heartstrings” recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery.  Muriel Anderson has released more than a dozen instrumental CD’s, seven instructional DVD’s and guitar books published by Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Zen-On Japan.  Her compositions include commissioned classical works for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Vox Caelestis Womens Choir, as well as songs which have appeared as title tracks for three albums by various artists.

Music for Life Alliance

Many of her concerts benefit the Music for Life Alliance, a charity founded by Muriel Anderson to help support music education for young people. www.musicforlifealliance.com

All Star Guitar Night

Muriel continues to host the semi-annual live show Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night, and has three commercially available DVDs of past shows. In addition to the two large shows in Anaheim, CA and Nashville, TN, Produced by Truefire, smaller versions of the show are sometimes presented by individual sponsors across the country.  www.allstarguitarnight.com

Endorsements and Columnist

Muriel has published articles in Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Classical Guitar and Frets magazines, and is currently a regular columnist for Acoustic Guitar Japan magazine. She is a regular guest instructor for Truefire and at guitar workshops across the country. Some workshops are sponsored by her GHS Signature strings. She plays many handmade instruments and endorses Morris Guitars in Japan, as well as Seymour Duncan D-Tar pickups.

Quotes

Muriel Anderson is a good friend and a great guitarist.  She deserves national recognition
Chet Atkins

Just one hell of a great player …a great personality and what I like is the touch that Muriel has on the guitar, the way she plays it like we all wish to play.
Les Paul

She has demonstrated excellent technique and has the fine musicianship to communicate well to her audiences.
Christopher Parkening

I cannot think of another guitarist who seems to have taken over the role of Segovia in popularizing the finger-style guitar as Muriel Anderson has.
Lawrence Long, Knoxville-Oak Ridge Guitar Society

Muriel Anderson is one of America’s Premier solo-acoustic guitarists.  A former National Fingerpicking Champion, she tours constantly, and is founder of Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night
Guitar Player Magazine, November 2001

Acoustic guitarist Muriel Anderson… has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the world’s best, and most versatile, guitar instrumentalists.
Chicago Tribune July 29, 1997

After reaching the top in her field – she is widely recognized as the premier female fingerstyle guitarist today – Anderson hopes to encourage and inspire a younger audience, to turn them on to the beauty of making music, and maybe in some cases, even turn their lives around.
The Reporter, Melissa Erickson, Nov. 1999

Winner of the 1989 National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship, Muriel Anderson plays with uncommon expressiveness and grace. Her eclectic repertoire includes classical, world music, and traditional bluegrass tunes — all of which she performs with conviction and unerring skill…A protégé of Chet Atkins and Christopher Parkening, Anderson makes music that’s both entertaining and inspiring.
Columbus Press John Morgan, March, 2002

Theme for Two Friends marks a new renaissance for classical guitar and cello! Ms Anderson’s compositions are flawless. Work like this assures me that music in the next century is in good hands.
Illinois Chamber Ensemble Nicholas Fuchs, Music Director Emeritus

Wildcat is not only Muriel Anderson’s best CD to date, it is perhaps the best album of the year.
Steve King and Johnnie Putman of WGN radio

With playing that grabs you by the ear and never let’s go, this is a fine portrait of an artist that just keeps getting better and better fully deserving of a toe to toe spot with the masters that have taught her so well.
Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap

COMPOSER BIO

Composer, guitarist, and harp guitarist Muriel Anderson has composed music since about age five. She fell in love with the guitar at an early age and learned every style available to her, beginning with folk, bluegrass and jazz. She received a degree in music from DePaul University and went on to study with classical virtuoso Christopher Parkening and with Nashville legend Chet Atkins. Her current CD “Nightlight Daylight” is a culmination of her creative spirit and has won 11 awards including Global Music Award’s Best Instrumental Composition for “A Bakers Dozen.” Books of her original music include “New Classics for Guitar and Cello” and her works have been performed by the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Chicago’s Vox Caelestis among others. She is founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity and the Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night®.