STEPHEN HOLLAND • A BRIEF BIO
A composer, writer, performer and teacher, Stephen has been performing in concert, on radio, in nightclubs and cafes for more time than he will admit. He has taught world music, the history of rock and roll, beginning and intermediate guitar, and classroom music at CSUS, Solano Community College, and a number of charter elementary schools in California.
He has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe, performing and collecting songs. The rhythmic and harmonic invention of the music of Brazil and the romantic intensity of the Spanish-American authors of Nueva Cancion has informed his work, as has the ancient traditions of the French Troubadours, traditional Japanese Danmono-Ryu and poetry, the drummers of West Africa and the Middle East, Appalachian hill songs, the beauty of Lightin’ Hopkins, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Mercedes Sosa, Andres Segovia, and Odetta, strong coffee, and late night conversations with friends.
Stephen resides in the Sierra foothills where he grew up. He has recorded and performed with old friends and collaborators, guitarist/composer Mikail Graham, guitarist/songwriter Tom MacDonald, bassist Bill Douglass, saxophonist Gary Upton, and percussionist Kit Bailey. He also has a duo called The Brazilianaires, featuring vocalist Florencia Dunayevich,