The Troubadours is an eclectic Detroit based music group focusing on original compositions and arrangements. The ensemble draws on a variety of influences including worldbeat, rock, classical, jazz and flamenco to form its own unique musical statement. Danzas Urbanas is the group’s second recording which consists of nine original works, two classical guitar duets and an arrangement of a Cuban “son” made popular by the Buena Vista Social Club.
The Group was formed as a classical guitar duet while Mike and Dave were studying at Wayne State University. As the duo began expanding their repertoire by adding original compositions and arrangements, they brought on Sean and Jason to enhance their burgeoning sound. The new direction allowed the group to exploit ethnic and traditional rhythms, creating a full backdrop for the classical guitars.

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The Troubadours is an eclectic, Detroit based music group focusing on original compositions and arrangements. The ensemble draws on a variety of influence including worldbeat, classical, rock, jazz and flamenco to form its own unique musical statement. Danzas Urbanas is the group's second recording which consists of nine original compositions, two classical guitar duets, and an arragement of a Cuban "son" made popular by the Buena Vista Social Club.
The group was formed as a classical guitar duet while Mike and Dave were studying at Wayne State University. They had early success winning the University's Concerto Competition and Performed in Canada and England before finishing their Masters Degrees in classical guitar performance. As the duo began expanding their repertoire by adding original compositions and arrangements, they brought on Sean and Jason to complete their burgeoning sound. The new direction allowed the group to exploit ethnic and traditional rhythms, creating a full backdrop for the classical guitars.
Troubadours self-titled debut CD was released in 2001 and it captures the group in transition with the duo featured through most of the recording. The group released their second CD Danzas Urbanas in 2004 and this collection focuses more on original compositions and brings together qualities of the many genres that influence the group. They have continued performing live at clubs, festivals and private engagements entertaining fans of all ages. Troubadours have begun pre-production on a third CD which they hope to have ready in spring of 2006.

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Some highlights of Troubadours career

-chosen by editors of Billboard magazine as finalists in Disc Makers 2005 Independent Music World Series Midwest, performing at Chicago's Elbo Room

-annual performances at Detroit area festival's including Pontiac's Arts, Beats, and Eats and Plymouth's Music in the Air Summer Concert Series

-released 2nd CD to a sold out Ford Performing Arts Center in Dearborn MI

-worked with Detroit 300 Conservancy in celebrating Detroit's tri-centennial celebration at Hart Plaza as well as performing at the city's new Campus Martius Park

-worked with Metro Times in promoting the annaul Hamtramck Blowout performing on FOX2's morning show

-appearances on WDET's Ralph Valdez and WTVS 56 (public broadcasting) Backstage Pass programs

  • Member Since: 2005
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