Steve Erquiaga

Jazz & Classical/Crossover Guitarist

"Among the many items on my site, I'm sure that the two Workshops would appealing to almost any guitarist."

Although the concepts covered tend to lean towards the advanced level, they are clearly explained and include fingerings. (sorry, no tab)
Right now, 7/99, in Workshop 1 my arrangement for Ravel's "Pavanne for a Dead Princess" appears with performance notes.
Workshop 2 covers fourth voicings, clusters voiced in fourths, a very cool concept for modal and jazz/fusion

Past & future articles:

  • Afro Cuban, Brazilian and other ethnic gtr styles
  • Improve,chord/scale relationships,minor blues, outside playing
  • Jazz gtr comping, various arrangements & compositions
  • & more

    There's lots of other stuff at my site as well, cool links,
    sound files etc.

    Below is a short bio which my give you some kind of idea of who I am and what I do. Enjoy!


    Steve Erquiaga's career has touched many areas of the music world. He has recorded and toured with such varied artists as Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Les McCann, John Scofield, David Byrne, The Turtle Island String Quartet, Paulo Bellinati, Jim Nichols, Andy Narell, and Paul McCandless.
    His music has appeared in such films as "Nina Takes A Lover", "The Firm", "Forrest Gump", and the TV series "Young Indiana Jones". He is an International clinician and an internationally published author.

    His recently released CD "Cafe Paradiso" was on the Billboard Classical/Crossover chart for 11 weeks, reaching #10. IMAGINARY ROAD RECORDS is part of the POLYGRAM family. It is a relatively new label headed by Will Ackerman, founding father of WINDHAM HILL RECORDS, and Dawn Atkinson, producer of many WINDHAM HILL releases.
    Steve also appears on the IMAGINARY ROAD releases “A Different Mozart” and “On a Winter’s Night”.

    "ERKIOLOGY", which Steve recorded on the Windham Hill Jazz label in 1992 reached #3 on the jazz airplay charts. ERKIOLOGY features among others, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Johnson, Paul van Wageningen, Keith Jones, Bob Sheppard and Mitchel Forman.

    Steve's music can also be heard in many other settings.
    His composition EUZKADI appears in the 1991 film DECEIVED, he appears on the soundtrack to the film FORREST GUMP, with Andy Narell in the film THE FIRM, and he has worked with George Lucas on the sound track to the television series THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES. His acoustic guitar is featured on the soundtrack NINA TAKES A LOVER.

    He also composed and produced the theme music for the Basque television show "BOULEVARD", which originates from San Sebastian, Spain.
    His involvement in studio work has included such fun stuff as the PEANUTS specials and the GARFIELD the cat cartoons as well as countless comercials and jingles.

    He has arranged music for classical guitarist Elliot Fisk, the Turtle Island String Quartet and many others.

    Steve is also quite involved in the teaching of jazz and fusion guitar. In addition to conducting his own seminars in the U.S. and Europe, he is a staff member with the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Clinics. Held during the summer, these week-long seminars have been conducted throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe.

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    I purchased this CD over 30 years ago. I found it today in my dusty box of CDs and played it again for the first time in at least that long. I forgot how great it is, every track! I needed some new stuff to download to iTunes and this is great.


    Looking for the sheet music of Greensleeves arranged by Steve Erquiaga as a duet. Was it ever published?

    “Our God Reigns”

    Steve: Greetings! Might you consider recording my old standard? Here is a video of my family singing it. Thanks! Lenny

    "Pavanne . . ." from Cafe Paradiso

    BEAUTIFUL arrangement!! Absolutely tear-jerking!

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