Emmy award winner Stephen Nystrup has traded in his bicycle messenger job in NYC and is now mountain biking throughout New England, and is playing in some of the great venues there. He has been around the world and back, both musically and geographically. Steve was born in Hartford and began playing the guitar at age twelve. "It was the most important thing in my life then," he says. Early influences were Sandy Bull, Tom Rush, John Fahey and Jorma Kaukonen. As a teen he travelled Connecticut playing in a trio called The Villigeaires.
Steve began a musical journey that included two music degrees, as well as stops in Europe, Boston, and Martha's Vineyard where he played to the famous locals in a band called The Ogres and was hired by Peter Asher to work with Kate Taylor. He eventually found his way to New York City where he studied classical guitar with Herbert Levine while simultaneously playing in a new wave band called Reverse that released one album on Warner Bros.
Since his debut solo album, "C" flat, and continuing with Driving Rain, Steve has been hailed as a guitar wizard and acoustic guitar hero, and his performances, says Roger Catlin of The Hartford Courant, are filled with "clear, evocative guitar work." His music has been described as driving and rhythmic, healing, and absolutely uplifting Steve's audiences leave a performance feeling they have been on a spiritual, musical journey, not unlike the affable Mr. Nystrup's own. Hard at work on his fourth solo album titled "Sweet Mystery," Steve also finds time to teach music to middle schoolers in Glastonbury, CT. and to drag his thirteen year old son on stage to play bass with him.
Steve is a two time Critic's Choice of The Hartford Advocate. His newest CD, Another Sleepless Night, highlights his songwriting and singing with a "mature, wise and thoughtful, poetic voice," as Ed McKeon reports. "lt's Iyrically taut, musically inviting and supremely confident...irresistible!" This album has helped bring this new-folk artist a continually growing audience and reputation.
In addition to his own three solo CDs on Rare Duck Records, Steve can be heard on several excellent compilation CDs including four Folk Next Door issues and four CT Classical Guitar Society releases. His credits in scoring for film, radio and live theater include CT Public TV, and Off Off Broadway. Steve recently received an Emmy Award for his music scoring of "Amistad Connecticut" tor CPTV.
Steve continues to tour widely and bring his signature sound to audiences old and new. His performances are filled with warmth, humor and uplifting music both from him and the guitar he loves.
Purchase tickets below to see Stephen Nystrup in concert on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
CGS Member: $15.00
Windsor Winter Series
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