Active Arts Studio proudly presents...
An Intimate Evening with Calum Graham and Maneli Jamal.
Two of North America's best FingerStyle Guitarists! Calum Graham was recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under the age of 30, by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
Maneli Jamal is equally as talented with numerous awards worldwide. Be prepered to experience a delightfully mesmerizing aural and visual experience!
Calum Graham BIO
At just 23, Calum Graham has already enjoyed a career that would be the envy of most artists double his age. The Alberta-based guitarist and singer/songwriter has released four acclaimed albums, won major national music competitions, performed at the Olympic Games in both Vancouver and London, racked up millions of views on YouTube, and was most recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
As young as he is, it’s unquestionable that Calum Graham has enough talent to revolutionize how audiences appreciate music.
Maneli Jamal BIO
Award winning guitarist Maneli Jamal has wowed audiences around the world with his visual style of playing acoustic guitar. He incorporates many genres in his performances while keeping rhythm with his two hands but you'll swear he has a trio with him. You've got to visually see him live to experience what you thought is possible with the acoustic guitar.
Acoustic guitarist and composer Maneli Jamal has lived in five different countries (Iran, Belarus, Germany, USA, Canada) and moved twenty times by the time he was 18. The young artist gained a sense of musical maturity rarely seen among his peers especially when he transforms his nomadic life experiences into musical movements using extended guitar techniques. There aren't many players in his style that have Jamal's balance of power and sensitivity, nor his breadth of ideas. His rhythmic concepts can be alternately short and dense, or explored carefully through several movements and real life stories. This becomes evident with having won countless music competitions around the world including most recently placing 1st at Canada's Soundclash Music Awards. Having been brought up in a purely artistic and musical family has contributed to shape his unique story telling approach. He has performed all over the world including tours in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Europe and Africa.
1st place - 2014 Harbourfront Centre's Soundclash Music Awards (Canada)
2nd place - 2014 Lee Ritenours Six String Theory Competition - Acoustic Guitar Category
1st place - 2013 Indie Week Best Guitarist of Festival Award
1st place - 2013 Beaches International Jazz Festival Hennessy Contest
1st Place - 2012 Original song "Awakening" Best Audio Recording AES Convention
1st Place - 2012 Winterfolk Festival Auditions
1st Place - 2011 Winterfolk Festival Auditions
3rd Place - 2011 Guitar Idol III (Worldwide guitar competition)
1st Place - 2010 Taylor Acoustic Guitars Showdown
1st Place - 2010 Toronto Indie Week October showcase
1st Place - 2009 Faith Acoustic Guitars Competition
1st Place - 2008 Toronto's Writers Co-Op / Musical Performance Competition
2015 USA / Canada with The International Guitar Night. 25 shows with Andrew York, Diego Figueiredo and Brian Gore.
2014 Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland). 12 shows with Andrea Valeri
2014 Zimbabwe, Africa 6 shows part of Harare International Festival for the Arts
2013 New Zealand / Australia. 35 shows with Van Larkins
2012 Canada. 17 shows with Van Larkins and Trevor Gordon Hall