Modern-day guitar hero Ariel Posen brings Downtown to the Netherlands30-09-2022
Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, producer and member of the Canadian JUNO award-winning roots-rock band, Bros. Landreth, Ariel Posen is surely a name to remember in today's music scene.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Posen got into music during his earliest years, while spending most of his childhood on the road with his parents, both professional musicians.
He started out on piano but decided to fully commit himself to playing guitar after he got hooked on 90's rock and grunge, as well as The Beatles. Being raised in a musical environment with support from his parents, gave him the foundation he needed to really pursue a career as a guitarist.
His soulful work, use of open tunings, and improvisational approach that he masters so brilliantly, comes from hours of listening to legends like Kevin Breit, The Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few.
Posen has become a well-respected guitarist in today's music since joining the Canadian roots-rockers, Bros. Landreth in 2013. The band is known for its Southern-Americana blues style, where Posen's extensive musical knowledge and tasteful phrasing on guitar adds an intriguing twist to the bands vulnerable and open sound. After the Bros. Landreth received a JUNO award for their album 'Let it Lie', they immediately began working on a follow-up record, choosing the same studio in where a young Posen as a kid watched his parents record their albums. He has also begun work on his solo material.
On his last records, Mile End, Ariel Posen will tour Europe this October:
05/10: Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje*
06/10: Eindhoven, NL - Effenaar*
07/10: Rotterdam, NL - Rotown*
08/10: Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg* - SOLD OUT
09/10: Groningen, NL - Oosterpoort*
* Support Del Barber
Downtown is heavily imbued with rock, roots, blue-eyed soul and Americana, and draws inspiration from themes of love, life and self through the lens of evolution.
It’s not hard to see why Posen has been christened as “a modern-day guitar hero” by Rolling Stone and voted by fans as one of the top 10 rock guitarists of 2019 in MusicRadar. Posen’s mastery of the guitar has transformed his playing into its own compelling entity, so much so that his vocals and guitar act as a complimentary duo taking turns at centre stage. This harmonious balance would not be achieved without the strong instrumental foundation of bass, drums and percussion that allows Posen’s voice and guitar to shine.
Downtown is a complex five-track project with powerful guitar performances and introspective songwriting, both of which make for an enthralling and cohesive body of work.