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Armando Olivero
Encompass
The Renaissance Man 

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Armando Olivero

Encompass (Armando Olivero) has been playing guitar for over thirty years, during which time he has achieved one of the most prized and elusive goals in jazz - a highly personal sound and recognizable voice on his instrument. His clean guitar tones may first recall one to the great tradition of mainstream jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino, but listeners soon detect something else in Encompass's highly evolved vocabulary. His playing avoids the clichés and trappings of the too-familiar jazz jargon in favor of melodic phrases that twist and leap with beautiful world sounds, and follow balance and beauty.

Encompass has been playing guitar for over thirty years, during which time he has achieved one of the most prized and elusive goals in jazz - a highly personal sound and recognizable voice on his instrument.
Encompass's flavor of Latin jazz combines rhythms from African and Latin American countries with jazz and classical harmonies from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.

This Smooth jazz is a variation of new adult contemporary music and utilizes instruments and, at times, improvisation traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from mostly R&B, but also funk and pop.

 Take 10: Guitarist Armando Olivero wants to share his musical gifts
By: Eric Singer,  June 14, 2017 

Armando Olivero is a musical force to be reckoned with in southern Colorado. He is also the featured entertainer on the Friday, June 16, live Take 10 performance on the Gazette Facebook page in the noon hour.

One of the instruments that Armando has mastered is the guitar and that mastery continues to evolve for him.

"I am focusing on the chemistry of the instrument and the music and how to get the most out of it. It means working outside of the box to make it a tool that can be multifaceted."

Olivero says it is also a form of a style called Airtap. He describes it as playing a combo of melody, percussion and bass together on the same instrument. Olivero emulates Michael Hedges, who he calls the grandfather of Airtap, who made this form of music popular in the 1980s.

Olivero describes his music in one word, "Peaceful. There is no anger in my music. I want to make people feel good and spread a little happiness in the world and I have the tools to do it."

Olivero, our featured performer on the Friday Take 10 performance on the Gazette Facebook page in the noon hour from our downtown Gazette studio.
If you are a musician, magician, poet, playwright or whatever you can do to wow a crowd and would like to be on a future Take 10 performance, email me at eric.singer@gazette.com. The Gazette supports the southern Colorado artistry and entertainment community. This is just one of the ways that we help keep the creativity flames alive and well.

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