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Guitar Music

Chris Sainsbury as guitarist sounds like:

Chris Wagstaffe 2.jpg Chris at Millhouse cafe, playing jazz guitar.jpg

Chris Sainsbury plays a mixture of jazz, folk, surf music, classical and ambient guitar sounds. Recent work includes the Random Earth Band recordings of 2019 (with Chris, Guy Strazz, Steve Marquis, Christina Sainsbury and Rosalie Bourne).

The Random Earth Band: (produced and engineered by Rod McCormack).

The Nameless One (<<click to hear)

Djagamara (<<click to hear)


VCE guitar piece Simple Truths (<<click to download score). Simple Truths (<<click to hear).


Eating Marigolds (<<click to hear) from Anima CD.

"I've played it before, but I love it."

(Lucky Oceans, programmer ABC Radio 2008)

First Love (<<click to hear)

Also hear Satori (from the Bouddi Band 1994) at:

Satori (<<click to hear)

My 2019 Lake Music installation with photo-media artist Rowan Conroy responds to Lake George (Weereewa) one of the world's oldest lakes, and just up the road! For a regional gallery exhibition in Australia's oldest inland city - Goulburn. This features a number of all acoustic guitar tracks using whacked out techniques (bi-tones, metal thimbles on the right hand, acoustically created vibrato, and more, also bass, add a little reverb and that's it!). Hear at:

Lake Music (<<click to hear)

Hear Australian guitar great Ken Murray playing Mango Tango (utilises bi-tones) at: Mango Tango (<<click to hear) from North Country Sketches - 2001.

Classical stuff:

Chris's Concerto for Guitar was premiered by Spanish virtuoso Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey. Hear an excerpt at: Guitar Concerto (<<click to hear) soloist Gallardo del Rey with Darwin Festival Orchestra live 2002. He has also worked with the Netherlands leading contemporary guitarist Izhar Elias and Italy's virtuoso Gian Marco Ciampa.

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Chris and Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey (soloist for the Concerto)

This track features Sydney guitarist Giuseppe Zangari (and Michaele Archer on voice): Storm (<<click to download image with music) 2011 from Brackish Songs (for mezzo-soprano and guitar), from the Brackish Songs photo/music show with CSU photo Lecturer Dr Jamie Holcombe, exploring regional images and music.


*A Compendium of Bi-tone Techniques (whacky, but they do lend some interesting sounds and harmonic concepts). Email Chris.

* Tropical Harmony for Alpine Frets (an almost finished first position chord book for beginners to intermediate players). Lotsa fun! Email Chris.

Guitars played by Chris:

Instruments by:

Lawrence Smith (Australian luthier)
William Falkiner (Australian luthier)
Gerard Gilet (Australian luthier)
Michael Kelly (American)
Lakewood (German)

Check out these other great Australian and international players:

Lucas Michailidis:
Guy Strazz:
Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey (Spain):
Izhar Elias (Netherlands):