Pavlo

Pavlo
Sunday September 10, 2017

Pavlo

For an artist that is solely instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music has certainly made a name for itself.
When he was no more than ten years old, Pavlo began dedicating several hours a day to practicing his guitar. His parents soon realized his undeniable connection to the instrument, and encouraged him to continue on his journey of becoming an accomplished guitarist. To this day, Pavlo lives and performs by the advice his father gave him as a child: “Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.”
For an artist that is solely instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music has certainly made a name for itself.
When he was no more than ten years old, Pavlo began dedicating several hours a day to practicing his guitar. His parents soon realized his undeniable connection to the instrument, and encouraged him to continue on his journey of becoming an accomplished guitarist. To this day, Pavlo lives and performs by the advice his father gave him as a child: “Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.”
As Pavlo began playing his Mediterranean music at craft shows, café gigs and festival performances all over the country, his popularity began to grow. Soon enough, despite the opinions of the executives he had once hoped to work for, Pavlo found his audience. They were equally as passionate about his music…and they wanted more. Going for broke to meet the demands of his audience, Pavlo invested all that he had into the release of his second album, Fantasia. The album climbed the charts and made it to the Billboard Top 10, earning Pavlo his first Juno Nomination. Building on that success, he began touring across the country. By this point, Pavlo had built such a reputation for himself that he received a call to perform for His Royal Highness, Prince Charles.
Despite regular opinions that interest in his music would fizzle out, that his music wouldn’t appeal to the masses, or that the language barrier would be problematic, Pavlo continued to smash through every glass ceilings in his path. He went on to release several albums and perform in soft-seat theatres across Canada, selling out the legendary 2700-seat Massey Hall…twice! In 2008, Pavlo completed an 80 city tour across the USA in just 3 months. 15-time Emmy Award-winning director and Pavlo fan, George Veras, directed an hour-long PBS concert special entitled Pavlo: Mediterranean Nights, which was eventually picked up by Bravo and CBC Bold and is still being aired nationally.
Having been inspired by the famous guitar trio project of Paco De Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin, Pavlo decided to create a Canadian guitar trio. Pavlo called on legendary guitarists Oscar Lopez, and Hall-of-Famer, Rik Emmett. The trio released their album, Trifecta, and executed a national sold out tour. They made headlines all across the country, and the album earned Pavlo a 2nd Juno nomination. Today, Pavlo is still touring and performing in North America, his music is being played in cafes all over China, he regularly sells out concert halls in South Korea, and annually tours throughout Europe.

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