Guitar Duo – by: Leonard & Smith Guitar Duo

Released: 2015 – Label: Leonard & Smith Guitar Duo

Doug’s second entirely solo album – but this time self-produced!

What happens when “musical worlds collide” and a classical guitarist & acoustic fingerstlye guitarist, each known as virtuosos in their field, form a duo?
The refinement of Chopin meets the “country twang” of Chet Atkins, the polyphony of Bach meets the “groove” of Gershwin, Spanish Dances and the Jazz of Pat Metheny are heard during a single performance.

When Andrew Leonard & Doug Smith first met in 2000 they discovered an admiration for each other’s guitar playing. interests. Their “instant friendship” and many shared musical interests encouraged them to experiment with ways to combine their different training, repertoire and guitar styles.

The result is a break from the traditional guitar duo where both guitarists are playing in the same genre of music with the same style of guitar.

Instead, Andrew & Doug’s “interwoven nylon and steel string sound” blends the warmth of a classical guitar and the steel string sustain of an acoustic guitar. Each player’s part is chosen based on the style of music being played and the type of guitar sound best suited for each moment in a piece.

Beijing China 2010 – Guitar Competition Judges

Beijing China 2010 – Guitar Competition Judges

Beijing China 2010 – Guitar Competition Judges Left — from left to right on the couch: Hideaki “Pooh” Matsuoka, Japan (music distributor in Japan specializing in fingerstyle guitar); Naoki Jo, Japan; Masa Sumide, Japan; Masaaki Kishibe, Japan (Winfield 2nd place, 2003); Peter Finger, Germany; Doug Smith, USA (Winfield winner 2006); Don Ross, Canada (Winfield winner 1988 and 1996). Seated on floor is Huang Chia Wei, Taiwan, Organizer

Hideaki “Pooh” Matsuoka & Don Ross

Doug & Sungha Jung – 2010

2007 – Doug plays on-screen in “August Rush”

Doug is one of the guitarists who contributed to the soundtrack of the movie AUGUST RUSH, which opened Thanksgiving week 2007. Doug’s playing can be heard in “Dueling Guitars”, which is a guitar duet between actors Freddie Highmore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers late in the movie (Doug’s playing Freddie’s part). Doug can also be heard playing guitar in the Rhapsody which climaxes the movie. Yes, those are Doug’s hands you see on screen! (And if you look fast, you can see Doug sitting with the orchestra as actor Terrence Howard walks behind him.) This is an inspiring story of the power of music inspired by the late great Michael Hedges!