Fernando Rojas - Chile
Fernando Rojas is a guitarist born in the last city in the south of Chile... Punta Arenas.
With his friend Tomás Jacques he formed the rock band "Fugitivo Zero", which collects stories born in the streets of the city creating a unique style that they called "telling stories at full volume".
During the pandemic, the band gained notoriety through networks and digital platforms, being heard in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Spain. They even sounded for some time in Japan.
Fernando performs live with "Kony", his Kononykheen Breed Forty Four. He likes it because it's versatile, elegant, but also powerful in riffs and well defined in solos
VINÍCIUS "VINNE" NUNES
Vinicius "Vinne" Nunes — Brazil
Playing guitar for almost 18 years, Vinne is a songwriter, guitarist, and producer from Brazil. He has been a long-time member of Rage Darkness and has been involved in several side-projects.
In 2015 for The Voice Brazil as studio sideman, touring and open act for Cradle of Filth in 2019.
In 2019 he signed with Frontiers Records (Def Leppard, Toto, Whitesnake, Yes...) his fifth album, 'Untold Secrets'. Recorded at Vinne's studio, mixed at Fascination Street Studios (Sweden)
Being a technical yet melodic player has always come naturally to Vinne. Vinne's most recent work with Mateusz Śmierzchalski (Former Behemoth member, Blindead, H23) for h23 Podcast and Bogren Digital as artist and content editor.
Chris "xParadigmx" Jones
Chris "xParadigmx" Jones - Scotland, UK
Chris is a self-taught guitarist from Scotland, first picking up a guitar when he was 12 years old and listening to Rock, Metal, Jazz and anything else repeatedly until he figured out the chords and melodies in the songs and familiarising himself with the geography of the guitar neck to the point he can figure out songs live by ear even if he has never heard the song before
By the time he was 18 he was touring the UK and signed with horrowshow records and playing with bands such as Bring Me The Horizon
Now after 22+ years of playing he is a full-time twitch streamer with 30000+ followers. Treating each stream as a gig and producing exceptionally high-quality content which along with his abilities as a musician have made his channel successful. This has gained the attention from the likes of Jae from the K-pop band Day6 and Stephani Poetri. He is also regularly invited to host charity event fundraisers through his stream by the likes of "special effects", "gamers outreach gamers for giving" and the "American heart association"
Chris performs on stream with a Breed Thirty Four & Breed Forty because of their crisp and bright tone, both are articulate and powerful in their own unique ways which just adds to the variety and potential in his riffs and solos, "I absolutely love the versatility of Kononykheens instruments, whether it be providing power when you need it or a gentle delicate tone, they've got you covered when you need it"
Kristoffer Martinsen — Norway
The love for music started back in 1998, at the age of 9, when The Offspring released their "Americana" album, which was the first album I ever owned. The second one I got was Metallica's Load album, which I got as a birthday gift the same year. 3 years later, I was hanging out with my oldest childhood friend in his basement bedroom, where he had gotten a Vantage guitar from his uncle, and an old Peavey amp. There we spent a summer that, looking back on it, seemed to have lasted forever, learning intro riffs to old Metallica songs from the Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning albums
For my birthday that year I wished for a guitar, and my parents bought me my first guitar and amp. A red Epiphone Les Paul Special II, and a used Marshall combo amp. This was my rig for years, until I started working part time jobs here and there at the age of 13, where I started adding pedals, gadgets and all the useless junk that every new guitar player buys
I have played in coverbands, and was for a period the rhythm guitar player for a band in Bodø called Sacramental Fall. Now I focus on my own music, have a black metal project going with a few close friends, and play in a cover band. I also do "gun for hire" work from time to time, and am in the ever ongoing process of understanding music, writing music, and learning the million ropes that is my home studio, witch have grown out of proportion faster than I have thought, and I love it
I am a collector, and have built up a good collection over the years. I enjoy making content such as gear demos, reviews, some memes here and there, and just sharing my love of music
Kononykheen guitars was a company that I had never heard about, until I by coincidence found them through a good friend of mine. They were nice enough to take me under their wing, and for that I am forever grateful. Their instruments just plain works, and now (sadly? happily? potential financial ruin?) I have another brand that I have to collect. So far they have not disappointed in any way shape for form, and I love the feel of playing them. Their easy to set up, look good, and are in my opinion an extremely good alternative to many mainstream brands at their price point
For me music has become such a big part of my life, that my perfect day could be as simple as a couple of cold beers, sit down in my best chair in the studio, feet up high, guitar on my lap, and just noodle with it, looking at my studio, my collection, listening to my favorite music, and feeling my body almost go numb. Then I don't have a care in the world, and I love every minute of it
My biggest influences in music:
James Hetfield - Metallica (For his over the top agro riffing style)
Dave Mustaine - Metallica / Megadeth (For his writing skills and melodic riffs)
Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom (For basically reinventing how we view metal guitar, at a point no one has ever done, since Dimebag Darrell)
Dimebag Darrell - Pantera / Damage Plan (If I have to explain this, go and listen through a few albums and you will understand)
Dino Cazares - Fear Factory / Divine Heresy / Asesino / Brujeria (For his explosive riffs, and probably the closest thing the metal guitar world has that comes close to a human gatling-gun when it comes to playing facemelting riffs at a picking speed that is just ridiculous)
Richard Kruspe - Rammstein / Emigrate (Has proven to the world that playing simple, thigh, straight riffs can move crowds all over the world, in a fashion that the world has not seen before since the late 90s)
Lamarea band, Italy
We created Lamarea in 2014, but we've been friends since we were children. For us there is nothing more urgent than making music.
In May 2015 we won the 6th edition of the "Band War Tournament" (contest organized by Stay Alive). In October 2015 we performed on the stage of the "Cittadella del Carnevale di Viareggio" (Spectralia 2015) and two months later we again won the 7th edition of the "Band War Tournament".
From this victory was born a collaboration with The Red Box Video of Gioacchino Magnani and Giacomo Di Luise, which led to the release of the video of "I'm Back to Shine" and "A Game of Mirrors", singles that anticipated the release of "Beyond ".
On December 17th with a Release Party at Theremin Live Music in Massa we presented "Oltre", the band's first album after the EP "Ancora un Attimo"
- March 2017 we were selected among the 24 best Emerging Bands in Italy, thus accessing the "Classic Rock Band Contest", a competition that we won on March 24th of the same year
- May 2017 comes the victory of the regional phase of the Emergency Festival and on June 17th we played at the Alcatraz in Milan, on the occasion of the final of the Contest
- November 2017 we collaborated with the well-known producer Daniele Grasso already working with artists of the calibre of Afterhours, Greg Dulli, Cesare Basile
- January 2018 we signed with "The Kids Are Alright" Powered by Dcave Records, in May we entered the studio for the production of the new album
- July 2018 we participated in the Gaber Festival, in the event "Le strada di notte" organized by Gian Piero Alloisio (author of songs for important artists such as Guccini, Morandi, Jannacci) presenting the song "L'illogica allegria" Gaber / Luporini
- June 2019 we arrived at the Sanremo Rock National Final playing on one of the most important stages in Italy, the Ariston in Sanremo
- August 2019 we played with Aleandro Baldi (Aleandro Civai) Italian singer-songwriter, author of the very famous "Non Amarmi" winner of the 1992 Sanremo Festival and "Passerà" winner of the 1994 Champions category
We became a quartet in 2019, when Alessandro Domenici decided to pursue a solo career. After this internal revolution, in February 2020 we released "Lettere", the single of our rebirth. In 2021 with our friend, and producer, Simone Traina (STudio RECording) we recorded a new song, "Diventare grandi", a single that recently reached the important milestone of 120,000 views on Youtube and 66,000 plays on Spotify.
At the end of October we released the new song "Before sleeping", always recorded together with the artistic direction of Simone Traina.
Awards and Acknowledgments:
- First place for best song in the “Bussola Oggi 2022” competition
- Winners of the Song Festival XII Edition 2018 (Critics Award)
- Winners of the XI Edition of the 2017 Song Festival (Critics Award)
- Winners of the International Paper Anime Festival 2016/17
- Classic Rock Contest March 2017
- First place Band War Tournament 7
- First place Band War Tournament 6
- Red Contest 2019 finalists
- Finalists Sanremo Rock 2019 (National Phase)
- Festival Gaber 2018/19 (The streets at night)
- Finalists of Emergency Festival 2017 (National Phase)
Everton de Medeiros Viana – multi-instrumentalist, USA
- He worked as a research project supervisor at the “Communication University” (FACOM) with a scholarship from the “Federal University of Bahia” (UFBA). Everton developed and designed a “technology-based” social inclusion system for needy people and people with physical disabilities, opening up the teaching of music and technology to needy communities.
- At the age of 9, Everton began his history in music, at the age of 16 he was already playing as a hired professional, today with 30 years of music and experience. Works professionally as a solo guitarist, Everton has performed in more than 17 American states among other European countries. He is currently finishing his second album entitled “Sideral” witch he produced and recorded in New York - “Brooklyn Bridge”. His music consists of his authorial work dialoguing with his influence that comes from Jazz, Blues, Popular Brazilian Music, Rock and Roll, Heavy Metal among others.
- “Music for me is more than a lifestyle, it was a choice of the soul” — EM Viana
Rodrigo "Rotch" Juica
Rodrigo "Rotch" Juica — guitars in Nativo band, Chile
Rodrigo "Rotch" Juica is a chilean guitar player born in one of the most rock and roll places of his country, in the Bio region.
Son of musicians, his main influences come from classic rock. Bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple but also virtuoso players and composers such as Gustavo Ceratti and Joe Satriani. His own nickname was inspired by Satch.
Rotch's band, Nativo, is close to releasing its first album, recorded in Argentina and Blackflag Studio (Iquique, Chile) Nativo has under the belt, the experience of two promotional tours in Argentina, in the cradle of rock in that country, the city of Rosario.
Rodrigo is also a radio and social media announcer and presenter with his program «Rockshow», which can be seen in youtube and online radio.
This project is an online radio and it is a streaming program for the diffusion of Chilean and Latin music. «Rockshow» is a space for conversation and debate today, whether in music or whatever is contingent.
Michael Bryce Evans - USA
Getting their start in Denver, Colorado, Bryce Evans has been playing for over 22 years. Beginning of spring 2022 Bryce put together his band of musicians to play the music they create. Bryce Evans & The Black Cats was born and blasted onto the scene in June of 2022. Early 2023, the band was booked to play the World Famous Whisky A Go-Go in Las Angeles, California among other dates on the tour! In 2021 Bryce was endorsed by the Kononykheen Guitars company out of Russia. Bryce was featured on Denver Open Media's "Kinda Vague Radio Show" in October of 2022
Hot off the Release of the latest single, "Rail Line Vudu" Bryce is set to release more music in April of 2023
Currently, the band is preparing for the upcoming Road 1 Tour set to kick off in April of 2023
Karku Band — Spain
Karku was born at the end of 2019 with the purpose of satisfying the artistic needs of its founders Chris Nuñez (Voice / Guitar) & Vicente Comes (Drums), who would soon be joined by Manu Jara (Bass / Choirs). In 2020 they recorded their first EP - «Hacía el fondo», produced by Rommel Guerrero at the DalaMix studios in Madrid, from which their first single that bears the same name as the EP comes out. Later that year Antonio Bravo (Guitar) joined the group, thus closing the official line-up.
The rock style with an air of metal, the diversity and the different influences of each of the members of the band make the sound of KARKU peculiar.
Currently the band has three EPs and two video clips and they are currently in the recording studio preparing new material that they intend to release throughout 2021.
KARKU: Is a word that comes from the language of the Mapuche indigenous people who live between Chile & Argentina and its meaning is: «on the other side of the sea»
Chris Núñez: Born on August 27, 1979, in the city of Quito, Ecuador of Chilean nationality and resident in Spain for the last 18 years, Founder of the Venezuelan band «Rebelión Andina» which was active from 1992-2005 with 6 albums released. Between 2005 and 2019 he was part of several projects such as «Aroha» where he sings as the main voice for the first time, «Ginel» and «Inne» as a guitarist and in «Tagarnina» as a bassist.
Antonio Bravo: Born in Madrid on August 9, 1988, he lived most of his life in Ronda, a city in Malaga in southern Spain. He started playing the guitar at the age of 16 and soon began to be part of local bands. «Delirium» was the first professional band he was part of, and for which he recorded an album. After his separation, and a few years retired from the stage, he decided to move to Madrid where he resumed his musical life in bands like «Emgrace» and later joining as lead guitarist in Karku.
StringgBender — India
Omkar Shirsat a.k.a. StringgBender is a guitarist, guitar instructor, and content creator, based out of Mumbai, India. He has been playing live shows since 2015 with his band ‘1K Ampere’ which he founded in 2015, and has played over 800 live shows across India. Omkar has made multiple radio appearances for tribute projects like the Kishore Kumar Tribute, Lata Mangeshkar Tribute, 90s Hindi Indie Music Tribute, 90s Bollywood Tribute, Hindi Retro Tribute, etc.
Omkar also featured among the top 50 winners of Everyuth’s #BestBekaarGaana contest, which was held digitally across India where the best Indian content creators participated and submitted their own renditions of existing songs using marketing lines as lyrics for commercial purpose.
Omkar has worked with several fashion brands for Instagram content creation. On YouTube, he has collaborated with some notable brands for gear review/demo videos. Omkar currently works as ‘Music Lead and Content Creator’ for India’s leading online hobby-learning company, FrontRow.
Omkar’s musical influences come from classic rock bands while his favourite guitarist is Slash. He enjoys producing musical content to keep his audiences entertained, where he sees the guitar as one of his tools among others than keeping his music guitar-centric
Alex Sperber Spalvieri — Italy
Alex started playing guitar at the age of 18 in 2003. After a short period of learning covers he started his own thrash metal band, Hellblaze. Soon after as he got more curious about all genres of music, he started playing simultaneously in 6 different bands, trying to get a glimpse of the requirements of being an hired guitarist.
In 2015 he spent 4 years in Germany and played guitar in the band RAW (Mdd Records).
In the last years he moved back to Sardinia and started playing more frequently, with some funk, blues and jazz ensembles, as The Pianophonisti. Alex is also an endorser of the Optima Strings, made in Germany
Michael Myking Wilson — solo artist, USA
Michael Wilson, the owner of MCW Studios, is happy to be a part of the Kononykheen Family for the last 3 years and counting. He first started playing music at the age of 8 but started on guitar at age 16. Michael tours and does sessions in the Caribbean as well as the USA. Gospel, R&B, blues, rock, reggae, jazz, fusion, soca, zouk, bachata, neosoul and the list goes on — that`s what Michael playing. By the time he joined Kononykheen family Michael have been playing guitar for 20 years already. Declaring himself mainly as solo artist, he also get engaged to play with different bands and touring with them. He have experience touring to Florida, Chicago, US Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, Puerto Rico etc., and played with such musicians like Leonardo Richardson, Nikita Christmas, Corey Stoot, Adrian Scott, Malaika Maxwell, Omari Banks, Shawn Wilkinson, Rosanna Castillo, Shawn Jacquet, Percy Rankin, Alicia Liverpool, KU-J and Petra Caramela.
Teo "Evil" Demkiv Ferlin
Teo "Evil" Demkiv Ferlin - Italy
Scarlet and the Spooky Spiders band
Guitarist of the Italian rock’n’roll band “Scarlet and the Spooky Spiders”. Teo has been playing in different bands since the age of 16, approaching rock'n'roll and its "dirtiest" contaminations. In his career he played several times all around Europe and USA (3 times in Los Angeles and an epic show at the CBGB in NYC on November 23rd, 2003). He has also played and collaborated with international artists as Teho Teardo, Dead Kings, Demented Are Go, Frantic Flintstones and Nigel Lewis, just to name some. Teo has also been invited to take part to Italian edition of the Dick Porter’s official biography of the Cramps, “Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps”, writing his experience meeting the famous band in his youth.
With Scarlet and the Spooky Spiders he has been around since November 2007, touring across Italy, Europe, England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Denmark and Sweden. They also appeared in several Music magazines published in Italy, Germany and France, and their songs has been published in Albums and Compilations from all around the world.
Known as “the best band for an Halloween Party”, with very different “scary” influences, but the five-piece manages to keep it all together as an eclectic bandsound, which can be summarized as “having fun playin’ and surfriding on a coffin“. Scarlet and the Spooky Spiders shared the stage with artists like Richie Ramone (Ramones), Doyle (The Misfits), Afterhours, Grave Pleasure, The Other, Kitty in a Casket, Big John Bates, Lords of Altamont, Barb Wire Dolls and other big live acts. These days, they are working on their 5th album, an European tour is under preparation for October/November 2022.
Emilio Molina — Peru
Emilio Molina was born in Marcona - Ica on June 6th, 1992. At his age of 12, he started his approaches to the acoustic guitar, where he later on arouse interest in studying guitar professionally at "Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú". Nowadays, Emilio is the guitarist from Ellen Pub, he is also a guitar teacher. His guitar influences are great virtuous like Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Andy Timmons, Carlos Santana.
Jorge Raul - solo artist, recording session artist, sound track composer, Brazil
Music has been a passion for Jorge since he was a kid, started with the drums when he was 4. Then because of his older brothers he started to play guitar. By the time Jorge joined Kononykheen Family he have been playing for 22 years.
Jorge was always keeping in mind that he would become a professional musician. He went to the EM&T (one of the biggest music school on Latin America) where he had experiences with very big guitar masters such as Christian McCarthy, Michel Leme, Mozart Mello, Edu Ardanuy and others.
Jorge had classes on the bigest guitar school in São Paulo called IG&T. He had the oportunity to be a teacher on the Cultural center at Santa Isabel, Projeto Sonoro in Guarulhos São Paulo, Sigma in São Jose dos Campos and many more great schools in São Paulo. He also had his on School called Wonpai Art Centre, put out many autoral music on the internet. Now he is preparing a new album and teaching guitar on Yacamim Art and Music association
He played in many bands, the biggest was “Primeiro Ato Rock Band” that played on big festivals as “Sampa Music Festival”, which put big national names and underground bands together. Teaching on music schools in Guarulhos – Jorge was the guitar course coordinator on a music school called Projeto Sonoro.
Wallace Ribeiro Pereira — Brazil
Born on July 2, 1976 in São Paulo, capital, Wallace Ribeiro started to be interested in music at the age of seven, influenced by music and friends in the Church and in 1985, he started to study Guitar in the 2000s, started his definitive trajectory towards training as a professional guitar player and graduated in Music Degree from Faculdade UniSant'anna and in Fusion Guitar from IG&T - Institute of Guitar and Technology (EM&T of São Paulo) and ULM (Universidade Livre de Música, now EMESP).
He also studied harmony with Maestro Cláudio Leal and Guitar with Mozart Mello, Olmir Stocker (German), Marcos Teixeira, Fernando Presta, Abel Cardoso, Eduardo Letti, Fabiano Carelli, Silas Fernandes and Joe Moghrabi, Ednilson Lazari (Language and Musical Structuring), music theory and Perception with Paulo Gazaneo, Iris Leong, Maria Zeí and Marco Prado.
He is the founder and general director of the TGV Ensino Musical Music School and the Ricordare Group, an event band that performs in wedding ceremonies in the state of São Paulo. Its main values are Integrity, Professionalism, Dedication and established a mission, to train more complete musicians who master the practice of the instrument in their preferred style, with an emphasis on creativity and auditory training.
Based on this mission as a teacher, Wallace Ribeiro created his exclusive guitar method called GT-W76, which carries his personality already in the name. Meaning: GT (GUITAR), W (Wallace) and 76 (1976). In this way, his method carries a life purpose from the name, where the guitar has a prominent place, contributing to the formation of other guitarists and to the guitar and music market.
He teaches Guitar and Music Theory and also acts as an Infoproducer, creating Digital Distance Learning Courses such as “Training for Guitarists”, with a planned and chronological didactic method that aims to benefit guitar students who already play, but who did not have access to consistent musical training.
His main influences are first his teachers, to whom he owes all his learning over the years and then to big names like Allan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson, Mike Stern, Frank Gambale, Greg Howe, Steve Vai, Andy Timmons, Marco Sfogli, Joe Satriani, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Brad Paisley, Kiko Loureiro, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Andrew Wordsworth — guitar player in Blame The Sacred, UK
After picking up the guitar for the first time at the age of 12 Andrew was on the right track. Started learning Guns`n`Roses songs as well as picking up Motley Crue riffs as well as stating to dive into some heavier metal music
As the years passed Andrew started getting his first real guitar which was an Epiphone Les Paul standard which he still owns today. Andrew was gravitating towards heavier music such as Avenged Sevenfold, Motionless IN White and Bullet For My Valentine. This then has begun to shape Andrew`s sound as a guitar player by way of a live player, and equally important as the songwriter: «Quality of songs you write is the ability to entertain with a certain amount of flare».
- Vivian Campbell - Dio / Def Leppard
- Dj Ashba - Sixx Am / Guns`n`Roses
- Mick Mars - Motley Crue
- Joe Perry - Aerosmith
- Synyster Gates - Avenged Sevenfold
- Blame The Sacred - Life Or Death EP 2018
- Blame The Sacred - Edge Of Tomorrow single 2019
- Blame The Sacred - The Path EP 2020
- Blame The Sacred - The Exiled single 2020
- Blame The Sacred - The Violence single 2020
Daniel Nappa — Argentina
Born in 1977, playing since 17. Session musician with influences by Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Gary Moore, Robben Ford
Current bands: Rompecabezas, Quinto B and Dark Diamond.
Living in Buenos Aires and actively working in a wide variety of genres: rock, heavy metal, blues, pop, latin, funk bands. The headdress with some well-known artists from Argentina as a guest (Lowrdez) of Bandana (Gabriel Marian) of Rata Blanca (Martin Luka) of Memphis La Blusera (Diego Bellini) of Los Pepas Burn
Lucas Blanco — Spain
Lucas was born in Betanzos, A Coruña (Spain) on February 23, 1994. He started in the world of music at the early age of 5. He has played the guitar since 2008, combining it with trombone studies.
Lucas Blanco´s guitar playing is influenced by some of the most iconic rock and metal guitar players, including Daron Malakian, Synyster Gates, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Jim Root, Mick Thomson, Brian May, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dave Murray, Slash, Gary Moore, Don Felder, and Eric Johnson.
After multiple projects, such as “Game Over”, “Rúa Pum” or “Chicken Ass”, in 2015 he founded the iconic Galician rock/metal band “Sickeeper” of which he is vocalist, guitarist and main composer, releasing their first studio album in 2018. He also creates in 2020 the “Lucas Blanco Band” and the cover project “One Man One Band”
Jeff Dos Santos De Souza
Jeff Dos Santos De Souza — France
Born in French Guiana in Kourou, son of a classical guitar teacher. Jeff started to play electric guitar in 12 years old. Inspired by the Brazilian rock group "Oficina G3", Jeff goes to rock. Then to metal inspired by Avenged Sevenfold, Galneryus, As I Lay Dying, Blessthefall, Motionless In White
His influencer guitarists are Kiko Loureiro, Juninho Afram, SYU, Aaron Marshall and Plini
Jeff played in a rock band called Mizium, then bassist in a Trinity metal band, and now he plays as a solo artist. The new project`s single called "Water Drop" released in October 2020
Matt Swannie – Guitarist / Songwriter/ Composer – Whiskey Smirk, Solo Artist, Australia
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia - Matt began his guitar journey at the age of 10 before switching to study percussion 4 years later. After returning to the guitar at age 16, he was then tutored for many years by some of Australia, Asia and the UK’s most gifted instructors – he’s been an active musician ever since.
Matt’s playing is heavily influenced by some of the most iconic rock and blues players of all time including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Gary Moore, John Mayer and Eric Johnson together with some Australian players in Brett Garsed, Angus Young, Dave Leslie, Ian Moss, Rick Brewster and Jimi Hocking.
As a Certified Practising Accountant and an MBA graduate of Deakin School of Business, Matt combines his innate analytical skills with his flair for production and composition in his current band – Whiskey Smirk. Having re-joined lifelong friends in 2018 to form Whiskey Smirk, in 2020 they enter the studio to record their debut EP where his new Breed Twenty Seven is featured.
Giuseppe Zuccaro - guitars in 7 Black Sides, Italy
Giuseppe was born on 01/31/1992 in Palermo, he began playing at the age of 12 as a self-taught and after a year he continued to study with private teachers to enrich his knowledge of the guitar world.
After attending the "Federique" music academy, he decided to study at the "The Brass Group" music school, becoming one of the most promising students of the "Brass Academy". Since the age of 18 he has been teaching with private lessons, nevertheless not ceasing to be active in the "Live" scene playing with numerous bands in the clubs and on the stages, also being part of the cast for the orchestra of singing festivals, experiences of growth that the lead to collaborate with many Sicilian musicians of a certain caliber like Riccardo Simoncelli.
In 2010, in parallel to the collaborative activities he is already performing, he decides to found a band, "The Other Side", which a year later publish "Mysterious Dawn" (a demo of three unreleased songs), finding positive and constructive criticism.
Giuseppe moved for a short period in Switzerland, collaborating with Fabius Constable (one of the most appreciated modern harpers in the world) in the Celtic Harp Orchestra of Como.
In 2012, to enrich more and more experiences in the field of musical genres, he took part in a metal project, which led him to be the first Fuel guitarist, a band that holds the title of "Official Tribute Band Metallica Sicilia" for a year. Beyond the various genres studied (Blues, Jazz, pop, rock, funk, fusion) in music schools, he approaches and applies very lovingly, thanks to Massimo Varini's didactics, a genre that involves the acoustic guitar played using the finger style technique, which develops in a virtuous manner (Percussive Acoustic Guitar) thanks to the influence of one of the major exponents of this genre, Mike Dawes.
In 2013 he collaborated with Daniele Curaci (known DJ, composer and producer of independent cinema shorts in the Palermo area) for the realization of R&B musical projects. Subsequently he is part of many bands, such as: "The Blend Of Emotions", "Vintage Brothers", "Ethnic", honoring many musical styles and artists (contemporary and not only) performing anywhere in the Sicilian territory.
He studied at the AMM National School - Modern Music Academy and "Jazz Guitar" at the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory in Palermo, teaching at the Music School "Mus Art".
He currently lives in Groningen (Netherlands), meeting with old colleagues to research new musical developments working in the most important band for him so far: "7 Black Sides", participating in important festivals such as the W: O: A Metal Battle.
Born in Pore, Casanare - Colombia on July 27, 1992. Jobanny Bernal is a Master in Music, graduated from the University of Pamplona, with an emphasis on Jazz Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Llanero Bass and other musical instruments. With extensive experience in the Colombian national music scene, he is also a Cultural Manager, Composer, Music Producer and Music Teacher.
Influenced by: Carlos Santana, Kiko Loureiro, Sergio Vallin, Javier Serrano, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, BB King, Jimmy Page, George Benson, among others. Jobanny is a guitarist for jazz, blues, rock, reggae, pop, llanera music, urban music, rap and hip-hop.
He has belonged to different groups, where AD7, La Vibra Reggae, Gypsi Dew, Jazzup and Stereotipo stand out. He is currently active with La Feeling Band – a Reggae Fusion band, la espampa music, rock-pop band, and his Jazz group Jobanny Bernal Trio. With La Feeling Band they have participated in national and international awards, such as the VIVA MUSIC COLOMBIA 2020 awards, and in the QUITO BOHEMIO ECUADOR awards in the MUSIC TOP RANK. Jobanny has participated in different Kononykheen jam sessions of an international order with some artists of the brand, where he stands out, Emilio Molina - Peru, Daniel Nappa - Argentina, Rodrigo Juica - Chile, Jeff Dos Santos - France and Wallace Ribeiro – Brazil. As well as jam with national guitarists where Camilo Mayorga from Colombia stands out.
Davide Bacci, musician and performer based in Rimini, Italy.
Active since 2005 as guitar and bass player, he switched a lot of musical genres: from metal to electronic music.
In his career Davide has composed more than 40 albums and joined in many important festivals, sharing the stage with bands such as: Venom, Harakiry for the Sky, Nargaroth, Agalloch, Lantlos, Behexen, Ellende, Opera IX, Archgoat and more…
Active Bands :
Deadly Carnage :
Misere Nobis ( DSBM )
Wear and Tear ( dark ambient \ drone )
Lo-Fi Tigers ( lo-fi hip hop \ chill )
Alonso Cuadros — guitars in White Dream band, Mexico
Alonso was born in Mexico City, is a guitar player of the band White Dream, a Mexican project of the record label “EMP Label Group” (Ellefson Music Productions) of the bassist player and co founder of Megadeth, David Ellefson.
His passion for music is expressed in the 17 years that he has been a guitarist as well as being many years in the orchestra as a cellist. Alonso was in many metal bands, but his main band was Reverb Gun (2009-2016), a heavy metal project that could have good moments and released his first album called «Rock is our business». Reverb Gun finished a cycle formally and he’s currently working to commemorate its tenth anniversary at the end of 2019.
Alonso`s fantastic entry to White Dream has been based on energy, discipline and a great friendship with his bandmates, especially with his music partner and lifelong brother the bassist "Rick Ramírez". Both work at White Dream as their latest project in music sharing talent, creativity and experience to the band. With White Dream, besides being a guitarist, he will expose his high knowledge as Composer, Engineer and Producer of new music.
Alonso Cuadros loves progressive metal and djent, that's the reason why he uses 7 strings. He has a plan to create a solo project focused entirely on progressive metal and Djent. Meet this guitarist who has been working hard on his personal brand, knows his White Dream Band and follow them. Prepare those ears for a new album that is being formulated and in a future solo project.
MADE IN MEXICO.
Thiago Fogaca, Brazil
Thiago Fogaca began studying music at the age of 15 in a Brazilian conservatory, where he stayed for 8 years. His instrument was always guitar, but trying new approaches he had studied transverse flute and saxophone. Studying wind instruments opened his mind to different ways to play the guitar and he was introduced to new styles. Fogaca created a jazz group that also played Brazilian music, such as samba and bossa nova. He also had experience with big bands. Also Thiago has always been passionate about the way music is made and now he has a mix and master studio. He remains with his solo guitar project. Thiago Fogaсa`s choice Kononykheen's Breed Twenty Two
Chicharo Farfán — guitars in G. Smith Band, Whiskey & Tabiros band, Mexico
Based in Puebla, Mexico, Chicharo is a lover of music, of the guitar and of the search to inspire more people to achieve their dreams through art. By the time Chicharo joined Kononykheen family he`ve had 15 years experience as a guitarist of different projects, such as:
- Saddest road
- Mr. Project
- Behind The Mask
- Whiskey & Tabiros
- G. Smith Band
His current tendencies and influences:
- Richie Kotzen
- John Mayer
- Mattias IA Eklundh
- Nick Johnston.
Chicharo`s biggest goal is to leave a great legacy in music and to continue transmitting his talent in each scenario that he presents.
Juan del Diablo
Juan del Diablo — guitars in Silver May Snow / songwritter, Germany
His first Jazz project was just released in March 2019:
A German guitar player and songwriter who played since the 90s in such bands like:
- Smiling gravestones
- So what
- Price to pay
- No Importa Mas
Since 2018 he joined the rising pop/rock band Silver May Snow. With whom he is releasing their new album on spring 2019 and going on tour. As a highlight there is a Silver may Show performance at the Atlas Weekend festival in Kiev in July of 2019 with such musicians as The Chainsmokers, Black Eyed Peas, Liam Gallagher and others
Robert Fox Logan
Robert Fox Logan — solo artist, UK
Born in London, UK, Fox now resides in East Anglia, but has worked with bands and artists from all over the world. With quite a unique style, Fox has ventured into most genres, more recently playing in various Thrash, Death, and Black metal bands - but also providing guitar and bass for rock, pop, and even hip hop.
«For me, music is more than just skill, it is passion. It is something that comes straight from the heart, it is the uncensored emotion we all feel. I try to convey this through what I do, no matter what the genre may be.»
Juan Pablo Barrientos
Juan Pablo Barrientos — guitars Radioquimera band, Chile
Juan Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile; he currently commutes between the cities of Talca and San Fernando, where he plays with the fusion rock band RadioQuimera.
His style was born through heartbreaking guitar solos mixed up with the spontaneous interaction of melancholic rock melodies and bases, mixing Latin, blues, funk, reggae and jazz concepts. At the beginning of 2017, the first single of RadioQuimera "Cuento tierno" was released, this tune was followed by four more songs, "Mirar la luz", "Ganar sin tener la razón", "Ángel Guardián" and "Lo que pudo ser ".
After this, the band began to play in several events and festivals, such as the II Frecuencias Libres Festival, the Machalí Beer Festival and the Teleton in San Fernando, among others, besides the shows in different bars throughout Chile. Juan Pablo is currently about to release his first studio album “Ven a Rescatarme” with RadioQuimera in august 2018.
He also belongs to the band Hilton Largo, who are responsible for performing classic rock influenced by the 80's. His musical influences in the guitar are mainly John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jason Becker, Mateus Asato and Sebastian Arriagada.
Wade Bridge — Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist in OVA-GLO band, Australia
Coming from a musical family and writing his first songs on guitar and singing at just 16 years old, there is no doubt, Wade has music deep within his DNA. As the original creator of the Australian band OVA-GLO in 1996, Wade has since then kept himself busy, immersed in music and music production, recording bands and solo acts from his own studio in the valley called «Basement Boys Music» as well as writing and recording jingles for TV/Radio and YouTube intros. Wade has recorded 2 albums and a 2 track single with previous bands, whilst also playing hundreds of gigs along the East coast circuit of Australia.
Playing in bands such as:
• Chimp Henry
• Carrot Bowen and the Collective
• OVA – GLO
Covering a diverse range of styles including Lounge, Country, Rock, Grunge, Alternate Rock, Hard Rock & Metal.
Within his career Wade has worked as a recording artist at some of Australia’s most iconic recording studios such as SONY, EMI and Rocking Horse Studios (to name a few), with some of the country’s best record producers. With 28 years experience under his belt in the music business as a songwriter, musician, engineer and artist, Wade has had one of his own songs reach front page of www.worldnews.com (US) and a few songs from other bands he has played with, reach the high end of the ladder of the «Top 40» on iTunes. In January 2018 Wade has once again reunited the hard rock outfit OVA – GLO back together, who are back in the studio to record multiple albums together and are flying the Kononykheen flag proudly in the land down under, with the Breed Nine, Breed Ten & Breed Eleven. All these Breeds will be put on within the song writing and recording of those albums.
«Modern Hard Rock, with a hint of Heavy and a dash of Metal»
Australian 5 Piece Hard Rock band OVA-GLO, based in the Hunter Valley of N.S.W. originally formed in 1996.
Over the next few years they became one of the most sorts after live acts playing the East coast circuit of Australia.
In November 2003 (under new management) the band recorded their first (self titled) 12 track Album, at the iconic «Rocking Horse Studios» in Byron bay N.S.W. with world renown Producer Matt Gearing-Thomas, which was released on the 5th of December 2003.
The band toured for many more year playing hundreds of gigs and festivals at some of Australia’s best known and respected rooms and venues. In 2010 OVA-GLO parted ways to pursue different paths as individual musicians and recording artists with other bands, often crossing paths with each other to work together on other recording projects with other outfits, recording Albums in some of Australia’s finest recording studios with some of the country’s best producers.
With always having plans to eventually reform the band, all members were still actively writing songs together as OVA-GLO.
OVA-GLO remained in hiatus for the next 7 years, eventually reforming in December 2017 and relaunching officially in January 2018, but now with a huge catalogue of new material. In March 2018 OVA-GLO announced the joining of forces with Kononykheen Guitars company, to be the first band endorsed by the company with three of the guitarist using Kononykheen guitars to write and record their next and upcoming albums. By the time OVA-GLO joined Kononykheen family they have already confirmed recording with a Newcastle based engineer/producer «Rhys Zacher» at Spinlight Studio for the next EP, «The Usual Suspects». Set to start the recording process early April 2018 and is due to be released in mid May 2018.
Black Water Boogie
Michael Cody Patrizzi — Black Water Boogie
Michael founded Black Water Boogie in 2010, after which he went through years of over 2,500 live shows and through over 48 different band members before he finally came across the brilliant recording team he has now, although most of his performances are tailored toward his solo playing (Similar to Bright Eyes). After finally meeting his current agent Aaron James Karr in 2014 he was able to record and release his first album at the young age of 22 all across the world on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, and over 160 other platforms.
This album, entitled Magnolia featured the talents of the incredible Thomas Bonner, Chris Nash, and Bryson Krauss, all from the incredible Rock band Strider. This album released on Michael Cody Patrizzi's birthday, May 21st in 2015 through the help of Ark Studios Media Group.
Afterward, Cody met a young very talented artist named Sydney Danielle Brewer and made many beautiful tracks, originals and covers, with her by his side. They eventually formed a side project that she currently runs entitled Foxglove Triangle, and after a year together in production they released an Ep entitled "The Man", available anywhere you can find/buy music as well.
After they decided to creatively part ways for the time being, Michael Cody Patrizzi immediately brought Black Water Boogie back to life with a roaring flame with his folky and simple, yet beautiful new EP, Magnolia Chapter on 2 November 18th, 2016. After hearing that EP, Ark Studios Media Group made the bold and wise decision to sign Michael Cody Patrizzi and his project Black Water Boogie to their Record Label. He said yes with excitement, of course, and now has released 4 new releases with another on the way, simply called Freedomland after his brief incarceration.
He fully intends this next release from his record label alongside Ark Studios Media Group; along with his "Newly found, true sound of soul" he had been searching for throughout his career, despite 3 International Music Awards and 5 National as well, he continues to strive for the very best he can be to help him hit the Billboard Charts. And possibly even move into the Country and/or Southern Rock Charts as well with its beautiful and even sometimes hilarious ballad writing, bluegrass influenced breakdowns, psychedelic and stage-like effects similar to Pink Floyd, and even more surprising twists and turns in the album.
Keep watching and listening for more from this 24 year old signed artist and CEO of his own company and Record Label, Black Water Records Media Group, LLC.
Michael Cody Patrizzi is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Six model
Oswaldo Contramaestre — guitar player in Sociedad Sur / Infuria / Red raven chaos, Venezuela / Canada
Oswaldo is Venezuelan guitar player residing in Canada who has made many international tours in countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina. He has also participated in recordings of different albums and international projects with more than 400 presentations.
- Sibelius guitar fest 2015
- Winner best Latin rock band in Canada (Sociedad Sur)
- Winner Best album 2015 Trascendecia Radio Show (Guerra Santa)
- Bunker fest (guitar festival)
- La Sombra de un Bufón (guerra Santa)
- La Guerra apenas empieza (Guerra Santa)
- Angel o Demonio (Wolfang)
Daniel Rosales — solo artist / session guitar player, USA
Expertise: Guitars, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar
Credentials: Master in Music Performance (emphasis in classical guitar) from the University of Arizona as well as a Bachelor in Music Performance from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Daniel is a registered ASCAP singer-songwriter with two CD’s of original music with his former Latin/world Band Mundo, distributed through CD Baby.
Daniel Rosales was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He moved to Portland, Oregon after finishing his graduate degree in Music from the University of Arizona; and recently moved back to Los Angeles, CA. Daniel has been playing the guitar for about 19 years now, and has been involved in music for about 20 by the time he joined Kononykheen family.
Daniel`s first band was a death metal/rock band named Thanatos in which he formed during his high school years with his good friends Alex Abecia, Andrew Ramos, and Chris Perez. He was also involved in a jazz band called the Blue Cat Jazz band combo that played around town during this time.
In his undergraduate college years he formed a latin/lounge band named Mundo along-side his friend and colleague Berk Agar, they would find success in their hometown and go on to record two CD’s with all original material. When Daniel moved from Texas to Tucson, Arizona to finish his master’s in music he joined a Cuban/Jazz band named Caña Brava led by Rico Quintero as well as a guitar/voice duo with his former colleague/neighbor and Opera singer Humberto Borboa called Los Neighbors.
Now Daniel Rosales plays as a soloist under the name, Daniel Rosales, as well as with a local country pop band fronted by the lovely and talented Dallas Brown, named the Dallas Brown Band, and occasional performs with local troubadours Peter Duff, Ben Rector, and Mark Bickerton.
Daniel Rosales is a talented and well-rounded musician who recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a master`s degree in music performance with an emphasis in Classical Guitar in the summer of 2015. Before then, he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in music from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi spring 2010. Daniel has performed and taken lessons from many of the top classical guitarists in the world including David Russell, Roland Dyens, Sergio and Odair Assad, Pepe Romero, among many others. Although his main focus was classical music during his academic years, he has also dialed into other forms of genres such as Latin/World, Cuban/Salsa, Spanish Rock, Rock, Metal, Blues, Nuevo Flamenco, Jazz, Folk, and Singer-Songwriter.
Daniel has the unique ability to learn different styles of music with virtuosity and finesse. Rosales has two CD’s recorded with his former Latin/world band Mundo along-side his former colleague Berk Agar that includes all original music. He is also a registered ASCAP songwriter and is currently working on a solo CD be released in the year 2017. Currently he is performing weekly private and public gigs at multiple venues/restaurant/bars as a solo artist. He is also actively involved with gigs as part of the Dallas Brown Band. Apart from performing he also teaches at Reed College as a private music instructor, in the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan area.
Daniel loves to play and learn all styles of music but tends to favor Latin, Lounge, Pop, Rock, Spanish, Funk, R&B, Bossa-Nova, Classical, Country, Indie these days.
He has played at numerous different venues/places across the nation and world: Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon, Spain, Turkey, Mexico are among a few places.
Some of his most notable performances have taken place at recital halls at several Universities while studying classical guitar: The Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi; Holsclaw Hall at the University of Arizona. Other notable venues that Daniel has performed at are Casa Vicente and Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Cafe in Tucson, Arizona, and La Ponderosa in Portland, Oregon.
Apart from Kononykheen guitars he uses Fender, Córdoba, Epiphone/Gibson as well other classical guitar companies.
John Frusciante, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Omar Rodriguez, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sergio Vallín, Johnny Greenwood, Tom Jobim, Paco De Lucía, Carlos Santana, John Mayer, Agustín Barrios Mangóre, David Russell, Gipsy Kings, Aaron Abeyta (aka El Hefe) are among his most notable influences on his style.
Most notable musicians he has played with include Roberto Ortíz, Francisco Rosales, María Rosales, Alex Abecia, Andrew Ramos, Humberto Borboa, Roderick Eugene, Leah Simmons, Pablo Gonzales, Kaitrin Cunningham, Sam Feldman, Berk Agar, Rafael Imelda Martinez, Mike Ramon, Daniel Ramon, Carlos De León Jr. Rico, David Tutmark, Dallas Brown, Zach Bell, Jacob Lozano, Travis Ward, Mark Bickerton, Peter Duff, Benjamin Rector, Keith Justus, Andy Francis, Moe jq and Daniel Benavides.
Daniel is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Four model
Cabrera Castañeda – guitars at Olympus band and Yndira band, Mexico
As musician and guitar teacher playing many different genres, such as metal, rock, punk, jazz, blues, flamenco, classical music and a little pop.
Have experience playing together with Victimas Del Doctor Cerebro, Apolo, Sexy Zebras, Genitallica, Tygre, Alebrije, Guapa (Korsakov), Alice True Color, Punta Brava Club Band on stages like:
- EXA/Puerto Arista
- Conexión Sureste/Villahermosa
- Salón Indio/Tuxtla
- Alicia/CD México
- Arena Jorge Cuesy/Tuxtla
- Feria Chiapas/Tuxtla
- Vibra Chiapas/Tuxtla
…and some others. Had a big music insfluence from Alec Vega — the one of the very good musicians who have shared the stage. Since he is an excellent vocalist who captivates the listener and his great task and humility inspires to continue with the music and make new musical creations with him.
Ana Garrido — singer-songwriter / solo artist, Spain
First Kononykheen Female Artist ever!
Ana have been singing since she was 3 years old, started play guitar at around 8 — so it`s hard to overestimate Ana`s potential in music. She is mainly into Pop, R&B and Country music, but we are pretty sure that Ana have a big opportunities in wide variety of genres and styles. Already have experience performing / touring to Marcilla and Pamplona (Navarra).
Ana is not only playing & singing cover songs, but also writting her own material.
Ana Garrido is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Seven model. She`s playing mainly on clean sound: even «heavy» models of Kononykheen guitars sounds nice on cleans and adored by vocal artists
Chris Weinhardt — multi instrumentalist, composer, session musician, Germany
By the time Chris joined Kononykheen family, over last 13 years he played hundreds of shows in the US, Germany, Switzerland and Czech Republic. In February 2018 he was invited to join Norwegian superstar Sol Heilo (from the band Katzenjammer) on stage. When Chris is not touring he is working as guitar and vocal teacher and composes soundtracks for an indie game company. On the Feb of 2018 Chris is writing his first solo record
Chris Weinhardt is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Nine model
Marco António Lopes Pinto
Marco António Lopes Pinto - Arkadia band, Pro'Bono band, Folk You band, Portugal
By the time Marco joined Konoykheen family he`ve been plaiyng for 10 years already. Since Marco was 15 have had playing in local bands with friends. His biggest project right now is a band called Arkadia wich traditional portuguese music covers, some funk and rock. They tour around the country a lot, in festivals, and every year playing in front of a lot of people. Marco is also in other bands called Folk You, a band formed to bring some Irish folk to local bars and pubs, and Pro'Bono, where Marco is a fontman, assuming also the vocals, playing mostly rock and funk.
Marco have been playing with such musicians like João Daniel, Pedro Mourão, Daniel Gomes, Tozé Freitas, Rogério Pereira and Rúben Cardoso. And finally, Marco is also a guitar teacher.
Marco is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Nine model
SAFATH AL SUNNY
Safath Al Sunny — guitar player of Tarun Band, Shomogeet band, ex-Mysterious band, Canada
Originally from Bangladesh, hometown is Dhaka. Safath used to perfom with metal band Mysterious and completed tracks for solo album which is about to be released. Some time after that Safath joined in a mainstream popurlar rock band Tarun Band. Afer playing two years left the country but didn`t left the Tarun Band. In Calgary Safath started a new musical project in called "Shomogeet".
Safath prefers to play Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Neo-Classical. He is also a guitar collector and doing some concert photography. By the time Safath joined Kononykheen family he had already 15 years of guitar experience.
Safath Al Sunny is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Eight model
Sergio "Serjitsu" Vega
Sergio "Serjitsu" Vega — guitar player of From Devastation band, USA
Serjitsu was born in Merced, California and have lived in the Central Valley. Playing music since the age of 10, Sergio picked up guitar at 13 and have jamming over since. He plays various instruments such as drums, piano and bass. Serjitsu is also somewhat of a vocalist his main genre of music. Enjoys is metal, but also loves to play acoustic/rock and love experiments with different styles and effects. Played in numerous bands in the past, Sergio plays in a progressive band called From Devastation. They released an EP called “Negative” back in 2016 and is all over the web.
Sergio Vega is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Nine model
Andrew Hacksaw Harney
Andrew Hacksaw Harney — Andrew Hacksaw Harney Trio band, solo artist, USA.
Andrew was born in Beverly Massachusetts, United States. He plays mainly jazz and blues, but also hits rock and funk as well. His style is influenced by Shawn Lane, Lenny Breau, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown, Jimmy Ponder, Melvin Sparks and Boogaloo Jones.
Andrew got his head fully into guitar playing, this is only a brief parts of his experience:
- opening for The Jon Butcher Axis at the Larcom Theater
- playing with Ashley Jordan at the Burren in Somerville, MA
- opening for Blues Guitarist Popa Chubby in New Hampshire
He also played with:
- Timo Shanko of G Love and Special Sauce
- Amadee Castenell (sax player for Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney)
- Paul Lieberman of Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and Allman Brothers
- members of The James Montgomery Band
- members of Harper and Midwest Kind
- Barrence Whitfield and the Savages
- Ashley Jordan (was nominated in Grammy Award in her 23 years old)
Having 6 own albums already, Andrew is an experienced guitar teacher. Besides guitar, he also givr classes for 11 (ELEVEN!) other instruments including bass, banjo, mandolin, trombone, violin and else. Andrew have his own Band, Andrew Hacksaw Harney Trio, but you still have a chance to play with him, as he engages in session work too.
Andrew Hacksaw Harney is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Four and Kononykheen Breed Seven models. And he was the first who discovered potential of Kononykheen guitars for jazz music.
Mauricio Loureiro — guitars in Animals band (Pop-rock), Pessoas Sombra band (Alternative rock), Brazil
By the time Mauricio joined Kononykheen family he`ve been playing for 17 years already.
Mauricio have experience touring to Rio de Janeiro, Rio Das Ostras, Macaé, Cabo Frio, Petrópolis, Teresópolis and other cities of Brazil. Besides, he played in Vitória and Glória in Spain. In Animals band they are into Maroon 5 tribute mainly, and that`s why Mauricio has such tasty and juicy pop-rock playing stlye. And of course his personal manner influenced by the wide variety of genres which Mauricio plays, it includes Pop, Pop-Rock, RnB, Funk, Alternative and Metal.
Mauricio is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Six models
Bryan John Kroh
Bryan John Kroh — solo artist, USA
Touring mainly by USA, Bryan really like playing blues and funk, but his unique style is to mix it all up with electrosoul. He have experience playing with such musicans as Aaron Butcher of The Randy James Band, Steven Brown aka OverKlok, DJ Lex Granfor and always looking for more. Bryan is also an Avid brand artist, business owner, promoter and multi instrumentalist. He started playing saxophone in middle school at about age 12. Since that time Bryan also learned to play piano, didgeridoo, juice harp, harmonica, guitar, ukulele and some trumpet. And he is not going to stop and want hope to learn drums as well in the future. By the time Bryan joined Kononykheen family he was working on mastering two full albums and working on building another band for on the side.
Bryan John Kroh is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Six model
Morgan Walper - guitar/vocals in Nuclear Feedback band, Canada
Morgan was born in Saint Pauls hospital, Saskatoon, Canada, on July 9 at 2:18 AM, and started playing guitar in June 2009, when he was 13. In high school he started a band called Mansion of Madness. Nowadays Morgan is a frontman of Nuclear Feedback, which is touring mainly to Central and Western Canada.
Morgan is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, including guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and the violin. His manner is to take various metal styles and splice it with elements of blues, jazz and classical music. He considers the most insfluental musicians for his style are Chris Adler and Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, James Hetfield of Metallica, Beethoven, Louis Jordan, Randy Rhoads, Tool, Asking Alexandria.
Morgan likes checking out different guitar stores to sample the tones and sounds acheived by various brands and models of guitars. Besides Kononykheen, he also adores Ibanez RG-series, Paul Reed Smith and some others.
Morgan is endorser of Kononykheen Breed Four model.