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BIO

Not without my Guitar

His baggage tells it all:
while others wouldn’t ever travel without taking their umbrella – as you never know what the weather may be like – and while many wouldn’t break up without a suitable evening dress – as you never know, which party you will involved in – you will never see Attila Vural leaving home without his guitar: as you never know which melody is going to cross your path.

No need to say that his music sounds like a big suitcase full of lovely holiday memories – yet those are no fancy city day-trips, nor are they sailing adventures giving illusions of a pink painted moon-shine romance. The 1972 born guitarist, currently living in Zurich, Switzerland, rather tells us about journeys undertaken with eyes and hearts wide open, during which the musician is inspired by a touch of Latin American rhythm, tonalities from good old Jazz, and sober melodies close to straightforward Pop.

Since his very first arrangements, dating back to the early nineties, a creative mixture of influences characterizes the music written by Attila Vural. This mixture inspired both Vural’s own interpretations and the style of the various formations that played his compositions (Saf-Inütill, Approaches). Furthermore, Vural’s percussive mode of guitar playing is inspired very particularly by the German guitarist Claus Boesser-Ferrari. Other important inputs came from the experimental pieces by Heitor Teixeira Pereira.

In 1997, it was Dominic Miller’s CD «First Touch» that led him to focus increasingly on his solo guitar endeavor. Ten years ago, he decided to consecrate his passion entirely to the single guitar. He plays six- and twelve-string instruments and counts since recently on the support of a special edition 15-string guitar - a Semi Fretless Nylon String Uke-Guitar (guitar facture: Arns & Kallenbach).

Join Attila Vural’s guitar and embark on a trip into the world of musical encounters. Nineteen Solo-CD’s are available to invite you there – «A handful of Thoughts» (2004), «Painting a Reverie» (2007), «Some Place Of Sounding» (2009), «the Last Laugh» (2010), «Something Plays Like a Child» (2012), «According Outside my Room» (2014), «Moonbeams Rise as Quavers» (2015), «Another Strumming in the Blue», «With Dom at the Meeting Point - A Tribute to Dominic Miller» (2016), «the Ten Hour of Delight» (2017), «Encounters at the Riviera» (2018), «Harmonized but Different» (2019), «the Rhythm's Deep Whisper» (2020),  «That's Why I Play the Guitar (A Fingerstyle Tribute to Gary Moore)» (2020), «Introducing my BlueLine» (2021) «Sonorous in One Quiet Night» (2022), «Back to Moore (Another Solo Acoustic Guitar Tribute to Gary Moore)» (2022), «The Real Live Wires Are Talking» (2023) and, coming soon «Electric Conversation with Acoustic Affairs» (2024). On many occasions, Attila Vural also performs live on stage: recently, he appeared not only nationwide in Switzerland, but also in the USA, in the European Acoustic Guitar Night at Rome’s Theatre Goethe- Institute, the “Open-Strings” Guitar Festival in Osnabruck, Germany and the International Festival Neuotting also in Germany. Among other things he plays the live soundtracks for the silent movies «the Last Laugh» and «Nosferatu» by F.W. Murnau which he played on the Music Festival in Winterthur and Neisse Film Festival in Gorlitz (D) too.

Whether you join him live or on CD: A musical journey with Attila Vural will take you to places that you would not have thought a solo guitar may discover.

Facts

1972 born in Zurich / Switzerland

1988 first contacts with the guitar

1989-91 lessons for e-guitar by Maestro Lorenzo

1992-93 lessons of improvisations

1994 lessons of Jazz by Markus Stifter

1992-99 with the Jazz-Rock Band «Saf-Inuetill»

Since 1994 autodidact

1997 CD-Production «2-Night» with Saf-Inuetill

1999 first Solo-Concert

2002 certificate by the Mediterranean-Music-School

2003 recording for the first CD «A Handful Of Thoughts»

2004 first Solo-CD «A Handful Of Thoughts»

2005 European Guitar Night in Rome

2006 Open-Strings Guitar Festival in Osnabruck, Germany

2006 Plays the guitarparts for the Musical «Freeze»

2007 second Solo-CD «Painting A Reverie»

2007 International Guitar Festival Neuotting, Germany

2007 Festival - Winterthurer Musikfestwochen

2008 Germany Tour (Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart)

2009 Germany Tour (Munich, Dresden, Leipzig)

2009 USA - Tour (New York, Boston, Woodstock)

2009 third Solo-CD «Some Place Of Sounding»

2009 Euro - Tour (Hamburg, Amsterdam, Nurnberg, Prague)

2010 Tour in Germany, England, USA

2010 Soundtrack for Silent Movie «The Last Laugh»

2010 Festival - Winterthurer Musikfestwochen

2010 Lizard Lounge Open Mic Champion 9/27 in Cambridge/Boston

2010 fourth Solo-CD «the Last Laugh»

2011 Euro - Tour (Hamburg, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Vienna)

2011 Guitar International Rendez-Vous, Conegliano (I)

2011 Tour in USA

2011 Soundtrack for Silent Movie «Nosferatu»

2011 Festival - Winterthurer Musikfestwochen

2012 fifth Solo-CD «Something Plays Like a Child»

2012 Tour in USA

2012 CD release «It Might As Well Be a Movie» with Isam Shéhade

2013 Tour USA & Canada

2013 DVD «Not Without My Guitar»

2013 Euro - Tour (Berlin, Hamburg, Udinese, Birmingham)

2014 Sixth Solo-CD «According Outside my Room»

2014 Tour USA & Canada

2014 Euro - Tour (London, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin)

2015 Tour in USA

2015 Seventh Solo-CD «Moonbeams Rise as Quavers»

2015 Euro - Tour in England & Germany

2016 Eighth Solo-CD «Another Strumming in the Blue»

2016 Tour in Germany, Switzerland, England

2016 Ninth Solo-CD «With Dom at the Meeting Point - A Tribute to Dominic Miller»

2017 Tour in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, England

2017 Tenth Solo-CD «the Tenth Hour of Delight»

2017 Soundtrack for Silent Movie «The Last Laugh; at Neisse Film Festival

2018 Tour in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, England

2018 Eleventh Solo-CD «Encounters at the Riviera»

2019 Euro - Tour in Germany and England

2019 Twelfth Solo-CD «Harmonized but Different»

2019 Second CD release with Isam Shéhade «Selection of Dotted Quarter Notes»

2020 Tour in Germany and Switzerland

2020 Concerts online and worldwide (Covid-19)

2020 Thirteenth solo CD «the Rhythm's Deep Whisper»

2020 Fourteenth solo CD «That's Why I Play the Guitar (A Fingerstyle Tribute to Gary Moore)»

2021 Fifteenth solo CD «Introducing my BlueLine»

2021 Madame Guitar - International Acoustic Guitar Festival (I)

2022 Sixteenth solo CD «Sonorous in One Quiet Night»

2022 Seventeenth solo CD «Back to Moore (Another Solo Acoustic Guitar Tribute to Gary Moore)»

2022 Concert with the Zurich Airport Orchestra

2023 Eighteenth solo CD «The Real Live Wires Are Talking»

2024 Nineteenth solo CD «Electric Conversation with Acoustic Affairs»

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