By GAC Staff member Preetam Sengupta
Each month we feature a video from one of Guelph’s musical community members. If you’re a musician and have a video you’d like us to feature, please send a YouTube link our way along with a short bio.
By the time this is published, the Oscars will have been handed out, and there is a Guelph connection to a nominated film this year. Up for two awards (Actress in a Supporting Role and Writing (Adapted Screenplay)), Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan features a composition from Guelph’s Adrian Raso on its soundtrack. It also broke a Guinness World Record from 1965 as the longest title for a film nominated for an Oscar, but we’re celebrating Adrian today. Always a big fan of animated videos around here, we hope you’ll agree that the musical tone of “Urn St. Tavern” is matched brilliantly on the screen in this one.
Guelph guitarist-composer Adrian Raso. Image courtesy of the artist.
Adrian Raso is a respected guitarist/composer from Guelph, Ontario, Canada and has been the proud recipient of several Ontario Arts Council Grants in Popular Music. Adrian has recorded two instrumental EPs and ten full-length instrumental albums. 2020 [saw] Adrian transition into the world of film and begin his journey as a screen composer. His music has been featured in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) and Konstantin Statskiy’s Hotel Belgrade (2020). Adrian’s work is a fine example of the balance between commercially accepted music that is also readily embraced by the technically-minded musician. [He] is considered a guitar virtuoso, an exceptional songwriter, and his jaw-dropping live shows worldwide never fail to impress.
Learn more about Adrian’s music and career on his website, including some very cool compositions geared toward use in film and television. Also, while writing and releasing all of that music over the years, Adrian has found a way to give guitar lessons, so if you’re looking to improve or learn to play, why not get in touch with a world-class guitarist from our own backyard? Finally, guess what; Adrian’s music can be found on Bandcamp, and as you’ve read (or not read) here over the past several months, the kind folks at Bandcamp have waived their revenue share of sales on the first Friday of each month, so more money goes directly into the pockets (or online accounts...virtual pockets?) of the creators. That said, on May 7th, you can support many local musicians and discover some new favourites by visiting Bandcamp.
Whether or not you watched the Oscars, we hope you’ll enjoy this animated short film-like video for Adrian Raso’s “Urn St. Tavern”.