THE STRING REVOLUTION
Based in Los Angeles, California, The String Revolution is comprised of four professional guitar players who are virtuosos and create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines, and more. They share a passion for many different musical styles and guitar techniques which has given The String Revolution a unique sound. This is evident in their studio recordings and live shows. A clear dedication and hard work ethic for the project brought The String Revolution together.
The band includes former Randy Rhoads student Janet Robin (recently named “Top 50 Acoustic Guitarist” by Guitar Player Magazine, 2017), who is also an acclaimed touring guitarist with the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply and many more, award winning Austrian nylon-string guitarist Markus Illko, Swiss multi-credited producer, songwriter, and guitarist Daniel Schwarz, and underground LA fav indie artist/guitarist Art Zavala Jr. They released their first EP “Stringborn” in 2016 to rave reviews and jam-packed shows, and their newest CD, “Red Drops” is set for release in 2019. Both records were mixed and mastered by Grammy nominated Matt Hyde, known for his work with guitarists, Rodrigo y Gabriela. The String Revolution’s cover version of “Billie Jean” reached the Top 10 Spotify LA Instrumental Charts and has over 200,000 plays. ”Stringborn” was also included on the 2017 Grammy Entry Ballot.
The band has been selling out local LA and California regional music clubs, house concerts, and festivals including The Hotel Cafe, The Mint, Genghis Cohen, Laguna Beach Arts Festival, NAMM Headquarters and many more, and will soon embark on international touring. Their shows include original compositions as well as memorable covers arranged in fresh and surprising ways utilizing their expert guitar skills. With entertaining guitar chops, exceptional musicianship, and an international background, The String Revolution is no doubt a new and unique force in the world of music and guitar performance.
Markus Illko is an award-winning classical guitarist that was nominated for the best soundtrack at the “Sport Film Festival Palermo.” He holds a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Music and Arts-Graz (Austria) with a mark of distinction and received the Price of Honor from the University of Music and Arts-Graz. He is also a film composer and has become known for his caffeinated and zany point of view, yet strongly thematic and memorable film scores that impart unique character to a wide array of styles from symphonic music to European electro.
Music audiences around the world have seen Janet Robinʼs incredible guitar work as a former touring member of Lindsey Buckingham’s Band (from Fleetwood Mac), Meredith Brooks, Michelle Shocked, Air Supply, Precious Metal and more. She is a student of the legendary Randy Rhoads and has been a professional musician for over 30 years. In 2017, USA Guitar Player Magazine one of the “Top 50 Acoustic Guitar Players” in their bonus list, and Guitar World Magazine has named her one of the “10 best female guitar players”. In 2015, Janet was hand-picked to coach Academy Award Nominee, Jennifer Jason Leigh on guitar for a scene in Quentin Tarantinoʼs film “The Hateful Eight”. She has also had a long solo career releasing 6 cd’s – the latest two were produced and recorded by John Carter Cash (Johnny & June’s son) and Chuck Turner at the legendary Cash Cabin Studios in Nashville.
Daniel Schwarz was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland. He is an acclaimed musician with skills on electric, acoustic and slide guitars, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. He’s also a successful songwriter and producer for numerous records and a former staff writer for Warner/Chappell Music in Europe. Daniel’s credits also include contributions as a session player, producer, and creative content manager on many music projects in various styles from pop and rock to folk and country. In addition to the creation and production of music, he has gained extensive experience as Head of Music and Radio Producer for two major radio networks in Europe.
Art Zavala Jr.
Underground LA fav indie artist/guitarist Art Zavala Jr. is a native of the Los Angeles area indie music scene, with his captivating and melodic guitar style he has performed with and/or produced many renowned LA area indie bands such as The Little Magic Band, Vista Point, Smiling Beth, Gabriel J. Villa, Jean Marie, and many more. He is also known for his passion for writing, recording and producing other artists out of his own home studio which doubles as a venue called The Up & Up that hosts a lot of up and coming bands. “Trying to keep an undistracted and open heart as I navigate the ever-growing noises that make up my sound.” – Art Zavala Jr.