Like many other young cowpokes, Chris developed his interest in music at an early age. He began guitar lessons here in Guelph and soon formed a root and tootin’ cowboy band with some local gringos. After recording and playing around the southwestern Ontario are, he packed up his saddle and spurs and with his trusty Martin, headed off to study flamenco guitar in Europe. His adventures took him to Spain, where he continued his studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory in Holland under the tutelage of Paco Pena. He then settled in London, England for a number of years where he taught until deciding to return to Canada to raise goats.
Mike started playing guitar at the age of 13 where he was introduced to classical guitar and fingerstyle playing. In his freshman year of highschool, he switched to electric guitar and began his life journey of musical education. Mike’s early studies and introduction to teaching began at the Ontario Convervatory of Music. Soon after, Mike was fortunate to study jazz guitar and theory with the great George Arvola, former student of the great Tony Bradan.
After graduating from highschool, Mike went to Mohawk College where he studied Jazz & Classical music. Mike performed in jazz groups and did session work during his time at Mohawk. He graduated from Mohawk in 2006. He continues to pursue his passion in teaching and composing as well as exploring the many different styles of music that he adores.
This well-loved and longstanding Octave teacher has a fantastic sense of humour and great report with his students and their parents.
Dylan Ryche is a composer and musician and the 2012 winner of the prestigious Canadian Fingerstyle Competition. Prominent guitar website FingersyleGuitarists.com has described Ryche as “… a compositional genius”.
Taking inspiration from such diverse artists as Yes, Dream Theater, Journey, Don Ross and KISS, he has developed his own brand of melodic and dynamic fingerstyle guitar playing which was showcased on his acclaimed 2011 debut record aptly title “Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar”.
He holds a music degree from the Box Hill College of Music in Melbourne, Australia, is a regular contributor to Fingerstyle360 magazine and has taught countless students – both in person at the studio and internationally via Skype and enjoys sharing the gift of music with others.
He can be found playing around Ontario solo and has shared the stage with such virtuosic musicians as Ewan Dobson, Maneli Jamal and Calum Graham.
For more information please visit www.DylanRyche.com