Bio Marc Guenveur Cherry, a native of the Washington, DC area, started his self-taught journey of the guitar at the age of 10, first performing at Washington's Mayflower Hotel at age 12. In the 60's and 70's he played in various groups, including Windwater, an original material quintet, who became a staple in the nightclub and concert scene of the metro area performing at such venues as Georgetown University and The Kennedy Center. Marc worked at Washington Music Center, during which time he met Ted DeVita and his family. Ted, called by some 'the boy in the plastic bubble', lived in a special room at The National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Over those five years Cherry became Ted's guitar teacher, friend, and life student. In 1982, performing as the Marc Cherry Group, he won the Rising Star competition sponsored by CBS affiliate WDVM TV, for the show Morning Break hosted by Carol Randolph. He performed at Blues Alley and the Maryland Inn over the next several years. He also became a regular on Saturday Magazine, another CBS show. In 1983 he wrote, produced and performed the music video 'Take It To The Top' filmed by Oversight Productions, which first aired on Music Video Connection and later on BET. In 1994, he and his wife, artist Christy Cherry, moved to Tucson, Arizona. At Rainbow Guitars, Marc was instrumental in the production of four Christmas CDs to raise money for the Old Pueblo Children's Home. Together with world-renowned luthier, Brian Dunn, and his wife Toni, Marc and Christy founded C and D Innovative Solutions, the makers and distributors of the Mbrace guitar stand. The Mbrace is used and featured by performers around the world, including the Roland display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Strings Attached is Marc's first solo album project. ABOUT THIS PROJECT Strings Attached was from start to finish an experiment for the guitar. I wanted to create what I call my 'virtual dream band' using the guitar synthesizer as the only trigger (except for drums and percussion), I wanted it to sound organic; like a real band and not just another sequencer project. So I started this way: First, I selected the band members and instruments for this project: drummer / marimba / percussionist / bass player / two keyboard players / flute and reed player / flugelhorn and brass player and, of course, guitar. Next, I wrote and arranged music suited to players of those instruments. Third, I gave each virtual band member a personality and playing style and taught myself how to play the guitar synthesizer in a convincing fashion for the instrumentation chosen. To accomplish that I used the following gear: Roland G 303 guitar controller and Roland GM70 guitar to midi converter Roland JV1080 sound mod (the band) Yamaha DX 7 mod (for electric piano only) Boss DR 880 (for drums and percussion) Akai ASQ 10 (for sequencing) Roland VS1680 digital recorder (for recording the audio after sequencing) I then added the live guitar using these instruments: Gibson Les Paul, Epiphone Joe Pass, Takamini electric nylon string, and Dan Electro baritone guitar. All were processed through a Digitech GNX 3 guitar processor.