Group Biography

Los Angeles Electric 8 is a chamber group of eight electric guitarists dedicated to revitalizing classical music for a new generation of listeners.

The octet’s repertoire spans the late Renaissance to the present day, ranging from the polychoral music of Giovanni Gabrieli to Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments. Their most recent program juxtaposed Indonesian gamelan with American minimalism. Beyond re-imagining the traditional, the Electric 8 is devoted to playing new music. The group has premiered new works by Frank J. Oteri, Phil Kline, and Peter Yates and continues to actively collaborate with living composers from around the world. Their two previous releases and their latest album Interlocking Textures, illustrate how the group adapts the old and advances the new.

Los Angeles Electric 8 has performed in a variety of national festivals including the Strathmore Guitar Festival, Grand Performances, Sundays Live at LACMA, REDCAT’s Summer Studio, Santa Barbara Guitar Festival, World Festival of Sacred Music, MicroFest, and more. Most recently, they were approved for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Musician's Roster for 2011-2013. 

Aside from performance, the octet is strongly committed to student outreach and music education. The group frequently guest lectures and presents demonstrations and workshops at universities, community schools, and state prisons throughout the United States.