“Eric is great at taking a well-known tune from an unexpected angle and completely reworking it…He can also pay respect to a master without losing his individuality…When it comes to guitar playing, arranging, and composing, there is no doubt about it, if they send some fingerpicking astronaut on one of those 300 year voyages that only takes ten years out of his life, he will find on his return--if he finds anything at all-- that guitarists are still listening to Eric’s music.” – Duck Baker
“Eric has created some moments of pure magic and real transcendence on his recordings--the kind where I’m not even sure why the music hits me so deeply but it indubitably does. He has a discernible style and approach to the instrument that I really admire and respect.” – Stephen Bennett
Eric Lugosch is one of the most creative heads of the American acoustic guitar scene. Like his colleague Duck Baker – who is also one of his greatest fans – he very skillfully combines technical know-how with musical expressiveness.
Lugosch is a fellow who tinkers, who consistently seeks musical depth in his arrangements and whose artistic concept is marked by both respect of tradition as well as uncompromising originality. His spectrum of color embraces the entire range of American music, be that ragtime, blues, R&B or jazz.
The hallmark of this American fingerstylist consists of an elegant, vigorous tone and a twinkling humor while playing, that inevitably peers charmingly through his music. Lugosch, who hails from Philadelphia, chalked up his first musical experience as a singer in the "Philadelphia Boys Choir," – an experience that continues to echo in him to this day:
"I began listening to music with an ear for the orchestral. Motifs and lines are still central elements in my way of composing." At the age of twelve he started secretly practicing on his brother's guitar and delved into the pickings of Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt "For me, it was solo guitar right from the start", Lugosch recalls.
"I experimented a great deal, worked out lines, and was always on the lookout for the orchestral sound of the instrument." He seems to have found it, even winning the 1984 "National Fingerpicking Championship."
Eric Lugosch lives in Evanston, Illinois, where he writes, teaches and continues developing his own personal vision of fingerstyle guitar beyond all clichés.
Advanced arrangements and interpretations of the music of Reverend Gary Davis for Fingerstyle Guitar
"When I listen to Gary Davis, pictures come to mind that reflect the sketches of life's surroundings-community, circumstance, fears, religion, likes and appreciations. He performed and listened to all types of music: Sousa marches, popular songs, cakewalks, hymns, pianists, country blues, and he played them with that wholly unique sound, approach and vision that all musicians covet. He transcends musical categorization. Davis unlocked as many secrets on those six strings as the greatest composers did on their instruments, except without the acclaim, quietly collecting a treasure of hundreds of compositions.
The Rev's music influenced me, my compositions, my 'choral' sensibility on the fret board. I sang in choirs as a child, and after running out of range..from first soprano to alto, I was given a guitar and had the unique opportunity to study with two of Gary Davis's students right from the start. The arrangements here are an homage to the Rev and I hope they challenge the inspiring guitarist in a good way; by leading a path to where it originates from and hopefully inspiring a path for your own." - Eric Lugosch
Titles include: I Will Do My Last Singing In This Land, I'll Be Alright, I Belong To The Band, Oh Glory, How Happy I Am, At a Georgia Camp Meeting
120 minutes - Level 4 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD