The Acoustic Guitar Project
The Acoustic Guitar Project is a global music platform—and concert series—that motivates musicians to write an original song and record it live in one week.
Here's how it works:
1. We choose a city and a local musician and provide them with an acoustic guitar.
2. That musician has one week to write an original song and record it live. No editing is allowed. They have to record it as many times as needed to get it just right.
3. When the musician is finished, they sign the guitar and pass it on to the next musician in that city. When that city’s guitar reaches 10 musicians, there is a concert and every musician plays the song they wrote for the project.
Here's are list of current participating cities:
Noah Evan Wilson is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter. His latest single Lost in Seoul marks the beginning of a new chapter as his first release under his full name. The song was written partly in South Korea and in Denver, Colorado. Lost in Seoul sets the stage for Wilson's upcoming work by echoing the spirit of classic folk and Americana with modern sounds and contemplative poetic lyrics.
Hallie Spoor is a singer/songwriter from Denver Colorado, based in Denver, CO. Hallie’s voice is her main instrument, however she accompanies herself on acoustic guitar, piano, and ukulele. She spent the summer in Nashville, TN in 2012, where she began singing at open-mic nights, bars, and backyard barbecues. This experience was formative: she fell in love with songwriting. Hallie’s motivation to continue songwriting is to create art that will relate to others’ human experiences, and above all, to tell her truth.
As the sun illuminates through the vibe-stained alleyways of Denver, Colorado, Ethan Griggs looks out at the city from his quarters and gazes upon the colors of the sunset in fall. Pink and blue collide and conceive a beautiful glow of light that shines on the buildings, creating more color in the sky, which reflect off his mind and create a gigantic Droste effect of aesthetic. It feels like he's living in a rainbow. This is perhaps a good way to describe his music at this point...
A multi-instrumentalist of many years, one could say that Griggs's main vehicle of expression, or the one he's most in control of, is his voice; Griggs has been singing since the age of 3. At his Denver Alma matter Denver School of the Arts, he studied in the Theatre major, earning many leading roles in the department's musical theatrical productions.
Now 22, Ethan further pursued a career in music throughout his teen years. At the age of 15 he formed his first band, Youth In Conflict, and frequently played around the Denver area for a total of approximately 30 shows in the band's year-long life span (on top of homework, of course.) The group gained acclaim in the Denver music scene by entering in annual Battle of the Bands competitions and playing venues such as the Ogden, Oriental, and Marquis theaters. In one of the annual battles judged by Grammy Award-winner Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, he called Griggs's sense of song structure, melody, and lyrics "instinctive." He gave the group second place in the competition.
Ethan later was involved with creating the Denver folk-collective ClusterFolk. The group also gained moderate notoriety around the Denver scene, having the opportunities of playing at the prestigious Bluebird and Gothic Theaters. In the same BOB competition, the year after Youth In Conflict won, Isaac Slade of the Grammy Award-nominated band The Fray gave the group third place, stating that band "sound drunk, but in the best way possible." Using prize money from the event, the collective recorded their debut EP Brighter & Brighter at Maxwell Studios in Highlands Ranch, with Griggs contributing two of the four songs and arranging all of them. The EP was released independently in February of 2012.
Now that he's getting closer to closing the door on his college career at University of Colorado Denver, Ethan is excited to further bud out as a writer and artist in the Denver music scene. In April of 2015, he was a finalist in the CU Denver Songwriting contest, judged by the one and only Todd Rundgren, whom Ethan got to open for when he played a concert at the school the next night. The song in question, "Mind Gardening Girl", was released on Griggs's first EP, Transient, which is available on all major streaming services.
Cooper Kaminsky is a lover of the moonlight and a craftsman of word and sound. He is inspired and musically influenced by the sounds of Indie Rock, Swing, and Folk/Americana. Cooper is based in Denver, CO, Boston, MA where he attended the prestigious Berklee College Of Music, and New York City.
Aside from his solo work, Cooper is also a distinguished actor and performer. He has performed in over 30 music theatre productions throughout his ongoing career. Favorite credits include: Lockstock in ‘Urinetown’, Hysterium in ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum’. Cooper’s Berklee musical theatre credits: Billy Flynn in ‘Chicago’, Edna Turnblad in ‘Hairspray’, Margaret Mead/Tribe in ‘Hair’, and Hanschen Rilow in ‘Spring Awakening’. Cooper has performed at venues including: The Laughing Goat, The Mercury Cafe, (Denver) All Asia, Life Alive Café, Outpost 186, and the Berklee Performance Center (Boston.) Cooper is also a magician, and an activist in the LGBT community.
Cooper Kaminsky blends music, poetry, and performance into a beautiful love affair with art, engaging anyone that chooses to listen.
Kaitlyn "KDubbs" Williams
If I'm seventeen today... soon I'll be eighteen, but that doesnt matter. Music is bread, created, and inspired through ANYONE and ANYTHING.
I sing because I'm happy. I sing because I'm sad. I sing because the sun is shining. I sing because I can.