CHANOYU RECORDS is a label created to release the music of UK guitarist/composer John Ellis.
RESONATION: A NEW VIEW OF THE BLUES is an album of demos created by JOHN ELLis for a new live performance project. 2 original tracks plus reworking of blues classics.
WEDDINGS, WAKES AND SPRINKLINGS is a proposed album of folk/punk songs performed by KING EBOW (John Ellis). The material is not suitable for a Chanoyu Records release, so we are looking for a label that already works in the genre. John performs many of the songs in his live shows.
John has recently created a version of Kimigayo, the Japanese National Anthem, using ebow guitar and ukulele. It's on the new album, Black Stone. White Stone. If you would like to hear it, here is the link.
Our first release on Chanoyu Records was SLY GUITAR, a car crash of experimental guitar and electronic music by UK based guitarist/composer John Ellis. His work as a guitarist has been compared with artists such as Robert Fripp and Fred Frith.
So if you are interested in modern guitar music, this is the place for you. Copies of SLY GUITAR are now available from this site.
"The moody soloing on “Infanta” could easily have come off one of Andy Summers’ and Robert Fripp’s well-known collaborative albums, Bewitched and I Advance Masked from the early eighties. “Pedalo” would actually fit rather well on a late-period King Crimson album." From a review by 'Make your own taste'.
And if you are interested in guitar lessons please get in touch via the contact page.
We also have gift vouchers for guitar lessons with John Ellis.
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If you would like to use music from Sly Guitar in any new media please contact us.
The portraits on this page are by Russell Duncan.