Bio

Guitarist, Dimitri Vandellós, has worked with a number of leading jazz musicians in a variety of different formats.  He was a member of the David Grisman Quartet for four years, and recorded the albums “Svingin with Svend” on MCA records and DGQ 20 on the Acoustic Disc label with the group.  He was the only guitarist out of a long lineage of great guitarists (including Tony Rice, Mike Marshall, and Mark O’Connor) to ever play electric guitar, in addition to classical and steel string acoustics in that group.

He is featured on the album “Traveler” by Paul Horn on CBS records which was nominated for a Grammy as “Best New Age Album”.  He collaborated with Max Roach on the improvised musical score for the Berkeley Repertory’s production of Eugene O’neil’s play “The Hairy Ape”, and performed on the soundtrack of the PBS series “American Masters” on artist Jasper Johns.  Dimitri has performed with a diverse group of musicians including David Grisman, Stephane Grappelli, Toots Theilmans, Mose Allison, Mark O’Connor, Svend Asmussen, Bela Fleck, Denny Zeitlin, Darol Anger, George Marsh, Jim Kerwin, Mike Marshall, and Michael Manring.

He has performed in diverse venues such as the Great American Music Hall, The Fillmore West, Kimballs, Yoshi’s, The Bottom Line, Cafe Jazz, Berlin Philharmonic Hall (Berlin Jazz Festival), Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Pacifica Arts and Heritage Series, A La Carte in the Park, and Fat Tuesdays.

He has been featured in Guitar Player and Frets magazines and has been called a “renaissance musician” by KCSM radio. He was a recipient of a Composition Grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation, and has published articles for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, the Musig Newsletter, and the MIDI Guitarist Newsletter.

Dimitri currently plays in his own trio and performs solo. He teaches guitar, improvisation, and music lessons at his private studio in San Carlos, California.