Muriel Anderson: “Wonderlust”

By January 8, 2017 Blues, Folk, Jazz No Comments

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 album, Nightlight Daylight, has won top honors in eleven national awards. Anderson has performed and 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 fingerstyle guitar 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 then the next a Rodrigo concerto. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night® and founder of the nonprofit Music for Life Alliance charity. In addition, her new program incorporates stunning visuals by Bryan Allen.

Her album, Nightlight Daylight, features her concept: the first ever interactive lighted CD cover that includes collaborations with her friends and fellow musicians Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Mark Kibble, 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 CDs, seven instructional DVDs, and guitar books published by Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Zen-On. Her compositions include commissioned classical works for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Vox Caelestis Women’s Choir, as well as songs which have appeared as title tracks for three albums by various artists.