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A “wildly gifted musician” and “new master of the 8-string guitar” Bill Burke is an innovator in both technique and style. His amazing skill on an unusual instrument combined with his visionary musical flavor is the key to his success in attracting today’s listening audiences. Bill has a diverse following of music lovers from around the world and tours extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad.

A professional instrumentalist and composer, Bill has produced four highly acclaimed recordings as well as numerous broadcast works for TV, film and radio. His music combines elements of minimalism, jazz, folk and world. Bill’s latest release “With” and earlier CDs “Comma” and “Where’d Our Ball Go” have been featured on NPR along with numerous other airways.

Bill plays the 8-string guitar using a unique two-handed tap style method. Often a blur of movement, both hands travel up and down the neck of his monstrous instrument while his fingers tap the strings. A visual feast for audiences, this method allows him to play multiple parts at the same time resulting in layered audio splendor.

Currently Bill performs as both a soloist and with a trio of percussionists. He also leads clinics and master classes for stringed instruments and is working on his fifth CD.

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