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American composer and guitarist  Michael Kent Smith was voted Chicago's Best Guitarist in the 1980's , winning the Outstanding Soloist Award at the Midwest Jazz Festival and was a top five finalist in Yamaha's String Theory competition in 2011.

 

Michael has now gone on to creating original contemporary instrumental music and has re-released one of his earlier collections, After the Harvest, on Heart Dance Recordings. Inspired by music structure from the 12th century, music from this release celebrates the cycles of life - daily, monthly, and seasonal and generational. Kent plays a variety of instruments on the album including a variety of guitars, dulcimers, psaltery, bandurria, recorders, dumbec and shakers.

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