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Jacques Stotzem
Information Discography Concerts schedule
Instrument(s) Guitar, Composer
Date of birth July 17, 1959
Place of birth Verviers
Contact information
Address Rue Francval 24
4800 Lambermont
Belgium
Phone +32 (0)87 33 90 50
Email Write an email
Web site Dedicated website
© Manfred Pollert
 Current bands

Jacques Stotzem (Leader)      Jacques Stotzem / Jacques Pirotton duo (Leader)
Jacques Stotzem / André Klenes (Leader)      Jacques Stotzem / Thierry Crommen Duo (Leader)



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"Jacques, you 'pick' like a demon !"
    TOOTS THIELEMANS

In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the "fingerstyle" guitarists with the most diversified style. Born in 1959 in Verviers, the Belgian guitarist has recorded 8 CDs and is high up on the list for fans of the acoustic guitar. Readers of the influential German acoustic guitar magazine "Akustik Gitarre" have likened Stotzem to artists such as Leo Kottke, Paco De Lucia, Neil Young and Keb' Mo'.

That's not really astonishing. His unique and highly refined playing style combines a well-developed melodic sense with a rare dynamic approach to the instrument that speaks directly to the listener. Jacques, unlike many guitar players today, possesses an in-depth sense of harmonic knowledge, which is evident throughout his compositions. All of this is cemented together by his perfect command of the instrument and by his optimistic personality.

Jacques Stotzem has become a regular guest at European and American festivals and is often invited for tours in Japan or Taiwan.

A highlight in his career is the "Jacques Stotzem signature guitar" released in 2003 by the Irish guitar company Avalon. His guitar-playing colleague Larry Coryell described Jacques as follows : "What he plays is pure music. As an instrument he uses the guitar, which he knows very, very well."

FROM THE PRESS:

  • "Jacques' blend of ragtime and introspective fingerpicking goes down as smoothly as his native Belgium's luscious dark chocolate."

  • " Interesting was also the question concerning your musical preferences. On the top places, we find Jacques Stotzem as well as Neil Young, Paco De Lucia, Keb' Mo' or Leo Kottke. "
    AKUSTIK GITARRE, GERMANY 12/98 (readers poll)

  • "Belgian guitarist Jacques Stotzem is a formidable musician who matches finesse with a solid blues-based drive."
    ACOUSTIC GUITAR, USA 05/1999

  • " For those of you who, in frustration with the whole new acoustic genre, have thrown up your hands, dis-missing it as aimless open-tuning meandering, dren-ched in oceanic reverb, I have two words for you : Jacques Stotzem. "
    FINGERSTYLE GUITAR, USA 05/1998

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

      USA :
      • Inner Circle, LOS ANGELES NAMM Show
      • Acoustic Café, LOS ANGELES NAMM Show
      • Troubadour Club, LOS ANGELES, CA
      • All Star Guitar Night, SAN DIEGO, CA
      • A.S.I.A. Symposium, EASTON, PA
      • Southern Utah University, CEDAR CITY, UT
      • Pioneer Opera House, ST. GEORGE, UT
      • Temecula Art Gallery, TEMECULA, CA
      Canada :
      • Int. Jazz Festival MONTREAL, QUEBEC
      Japan :
      • Tour with I. NAKAGAWA and P. FINGER
      Ireland :
      • Ards Guitar Festival, NEWTOWNARDS
      Great Britain :
      • Eurowirral Int. Guitar Festival, BIRKENHEAD
      • Guest at the Leicester Guitar Show, LEICESTER
      Germany :
      • Magic Strings Festival, BERLIN
      • Open Strings Festival, OSNABRÜCK
      • Guitar Festival, ASCHAFFENBURG
      • Guitar Festival EDENKOBEN " simply the best "
      • Int. Guitar Festival, WIESLOCH
      • Int. Guitar Festival, PADERBORN
      • Int. Guitar Night
      • Guitar Festival, UNNA
      • Int. Music Fair, FRANKFURT
      Holland :
      • Concert/Workshop Tour with Lowden Guitars
      France :
      • Guitare et Patrimoine Festival, DONCHERY
      • Côte d'Opale Festival, BOULOGNE sur MER
      • A.D.G.P.A. Convention, ISSOUDUN
      • Cannes Guitare Festival, CANNES
      Belgium :
      • Int. Guitar Festival LIEGE
      • Audi Jazz Festival
      • Belga Jazz Festival
      • Gaume Jazz Festival
      • Int. Jazz Festival LIEGE
      Italy :
      • Acoustic Music Festival PESCARA
      • Guitar Festival MASONE
      • Int. Acoustic Festival CHIOGGIA
      Spain :
      • Workshop on MAJORCA

    ADDITIONAL DISCOGRAPHY
    (See top of page for main discography)

    LAST THOUGHT BEFORE SLEEPINGLP, 1982
    TRAININGLP, 1985
    WORDS FROM THE HEARTLP, 1988
    CLEAR NIGHTCD, 1991
    STRAIGHT ONCD, 1993
    TWO BRIDGESCD, 1995

    CD's available from ACOUSTIC MUSIC RECORDS, POSTFACH 1945 D-49009 OSNABRUCK (GERMANY)
    ACOUSTIC MUSIC RESOURCES (USA) (TOLL FREE 800-649-4745)

    Watch a videoclip with live music and interview on Moodio tv

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