January 1st, 2003:
VA: Greetings, Happy New Year! My New Year hope is that
2003 will be a happy, prosperous and safe year for all.
"slight" guitar fixation, I thought I might share some
exciting news. This year I was able to find and purchase the
guitar that I have been after for a very long time. I'm excited
about this purchase as it is an extremely rare Ibanez guitar called
the Artfield. The guitar was in Germany but has now made the
long journey to the States. I've had it for only a brief time
and it has already lived up to my high expectations. It's hard
to find an Artfield, let alone find someone who will part with it as
owners of these guitars seem decidedly reluctant to part with
them. I was lucky on both counts. My thanks to Wendy for
the wonderful gift and to Gert for making the international
transaction seem like child's play! As the Artfield is not yet
on the web site, I thought I'd include a picture to satisfy the
As we move into
the New Year our promotions continue. The promotional 2 for 1
sale on Guitar9
went so well that we have extended it for the month of January.
The offer provides a free copy of my CD Spider
Dance with every copy of In The Machine purchased. So if you
would like a free copy to play or just to give away, then I
encourage you to take advantage of this limited time offer!
In The Machine
received a great review in December's issue of the guitar magazine 20th
Century Guitar. The review was written by Robert Silverstein
who is the review editor. I've included the text for you to read
or you can visit the following link on Music
WebExpress 3000 (Robert's site for all his
‘progressive instrumental rock’ really doesn’t do justice to the
2002 CD from VA.-based guitarist Ballurio. As good as his 2000 record,
Spider Dance was, in retrospect it was really the stepping stone on
the road to the brilliantly conceived In The Machine. Tastefully
described as ‘an instrumental exploration of guitar rock from the
perspective of melody and orchestrated guitar’, the 2002 release of
In The Machine takes Ballurio’s one of a kind approach to
progressive, hard rock, instrumental music soaring to new heights.
While the guitarist wrote, arranged, performed, programmed, produced,
engineered and mixed the nine track In The Machine himself, there’s
no shortage of stunning musical ideas and studio craft on hand.
Although in the past he’s been compared to greats like Steve Morse,
Steve Vai and even Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, Ballurio delivers
the breakthrough CD he promised with the superbly crafted In The
The marketing for
January also includes a full page advertising spread for In The Machine in the next
issue of Progression
Magazine. The magazine should be on the shelves in early
and should include a review. They have a tough review editor but
I believe In The Machine will shine.
Thanks again for
it Loud! - KB
Other News Items:
Also, thanks to
you who have stopped by to check out the new Web site (www.ballurio.com).
The traffic at the site has been very heavy. If you haven't checked it out,
feel free to stop by and leave me feedback.
has released two limited edition
posters. My resident graphic artist has done a great job and you
really need to check