Prolific Neo-Classical Guitarist: GEORGE BELLAS!
Today's Elevenses Throws Eleven Quick Questions At 'Prolific Neo-Classical Guitarist' George Bellas!
George Bellas is one of the most prolific and innovative composers and guitarists of our time. He has performed and recorded with Moggway, Uli Jon Roth, Paul Gilbert, Dean Castronova, Jeff Scott Soto and Eric Martin to name but few. In February 2008 George's new instrumental album titled "Planetary Alignment" will be released worldwide by the Lion Music record label.
Nobody in particular influenced me to start playing guitar. I wanted to play guitar and write music from a natural desire that I had which stemmed for the love of the instrument and music in general.
The one that plays with the most feel, is highly innovative, extremely musical and continues to practice until death.
All of the ones that are intellectually gifted, struggling to be heard and may be playing the style of music that doesn't fit into the mainstream.
I am currently writing super-futuristic music for a new album. I constantly compose with every chance I get. I have never once run out of ideas and always feel the need to be writing. It soothes my soul and is very intellectually stimulating to me.
A student recital at the Musicians Institute.
I would like to improvise live with Mike Mangini, Jorden Rudess and Jonas Hellborg.
I have a wide assortment of Fender 1957 Stratocasters, Gibson Flying-Vs and Les Pauls. My Strats and V's are my precious ones, but my 1957 Daphne Blue Strat is the one I play the most. It fits like a warm glove and sounds like liquid.
Carl Orf's "Carmina Burana". So simple but so very powerful and emotionally moving.
No. I love and thrive on playing in front of people. I am confident with my skills and am not concerned with what others may think.
V8 Fruit and Vegetable juice.
(Interview - 14th December 2007)