Symphonic Rock, Crossover Prog, Progressive Electronic
MIDI Guitarist Les Fradkin is one of the original members of the hit Broadway show "Beatlemania", a Guitar Synthesizer pioneer of the 1980's, a neo classical guitar trendsetter in the 1990's and is a 21st Century electronic music innovator and composer on the Starr Labs Ztar. A classically trained musician as well as being a rock guitarist, he has found success as a recording artist, composer and producer with MGM Sunflower, ESP-Disk, Bell, Arista, RCA, and Laurie Records. Les has written the well known French hit "La Chansons Des Souvenirs" ("Song Of A Thousand Voices") for the famous French songstress Mireille Mathieu and the Latin Pop icon Roberto Jordan ("Donde"). He has played Mellotron, 12 and 6-string Guitar, Bass and Piano on dozens of Top 40 hit records throughout the early 1970's , scoring many US and UK chart placings throughout his career.
Nowadays, Les has been developing new techniques for a revolutionary new instrument called the Starr Labs Ztar. He combines two handed tapping, finger picking and Ableton Live Clip triggering into a seamless new technique, never before seen on MIDI Guitar.
His current music is a mixture of various influences and signposts including Rock, Progressive, Electronica, Ambient, Guitar Instrumental and Classical.
Robert Fripp once remarked in Guitar Player Magazine: "There is a new music to go with this new instrument. Therein lies my interest in the guitar synthesizer. That something entirely new will appear." This COULD be it! Come have a look and listen to the MIDI Guitar sound of the future.
Influences or Favorite Bands
King Crimson, Robert Fripp, Jeff Beck, The Yardbirds, Jimmy Page, J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, The Moody Blues, The Beatles, Baroque Music, Antonio Vivaldi, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Niccolo Paganini, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Jean Michel Jarre, The Left Banke, Procol Harum
My current MIDI kit consists of a Starr Labs Ztar Z6s-Xpa with Breath Controller, Neck strip, 4 way Joystick and Ableton Live Controller 16 button/5 switch package as well as a Starr Labs Ztar Z7s with optional breath controller, ribbon controller, joystick, neckstrip and Air Power MIDI wireless. My synth set up includes Ableton Live Suite 8, Akai APC 40, Novation Remote Zero SL Controller, Propellerhead Reason 4, Propellerhead Record, Apple Logic Pro 9, MOTU Digital Performer 7, MOTU Symphonic Instrument, MOTU Ethno Instrument 2, Native Instruments Reaktor 5, The Finger, Absynth 5, FM8, Massive, KONTAKT 4, KORE 2, Vienna Symphonic Library, GForce M-Tron Pro, Arturia Moog Modular, Mini Moog and Arp 2600V.
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