Contemporary instrumental guitarist Jeff Burak was born in Milwaukee but raised primarily in Southern California; he received his first six-string at age 12, and once his nascent talent was revealed he soon moved from acoustic to electric. A year later he joined his first rock band, but inspired by the popularity of Mason Williams' Classical Gas, Burak soon turned to classical studies, and at 15 was working as a guitar teacher in a local music store. Under the tutelage of guitarist/composer Vincente Gomez, his talents further blossomed, but music faded into the background as Burak went on to study architecture; the guitar soon lured him back, however, and after quitting design school he enrolled at the musical education department at Cal State Fullerton. In the evenings he frequently performed at area clubs, honing a repertoire consisting primarily of classical and flamenco pieces but also drawing on rock, folk, and jazz. Gallery Records issued his debut LP, Change of Pace, in 1997.
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