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Allan Holdsworth

1946 -

Origin: United Kingdom

Main instrument: Acoustic guitar/electric guitar

Genre: Fusion

Guitar hero Allan Holdsworth first picked up the instrument when he was 17. In the early 1970s, the musician started performing in London with progressive rock band Tempest and cult instrumental group Soft Machine. By the end of the decade, he launched a prolific solo career. Always on the cutting edge of technology, Holdsworth started playing a Synthaxe (a cross between a guitar, synthesizer and saxophone) in the mid-1980s and, a decade later, began designing his own six-string guitars. Renowned for his innovative sound within guitar circles, the artist didn't gain widespread recognition until the 1990s. His career retrospective, Against the Clock, came out in 2005.

1993 Allan Holdsworth Group Monday, July 5, 1993 at 6 p.m.
Spectrum de Montréal
2007 Allan Holdsworth Monday, July 2, 2007 at 10 p.m.
Spectrum de Montréal
2009 Allan Holdsworth Trio Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 8 p.m.
L'Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)
Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8 p.m.
L'Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan)

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