Goes2Eleven is the weekly podcast about the world of the guitar, featuring interviews, music, reviews, and more. G2E covers every aspect of the guitar world, from buying your first guitar to a stylistic analysis of the music of Pat Metheny. New episodes air every Thursday at 7pm, EST.

DSC_0733G2E Host Matthew Cochran is a musician and a music writer. Cochran’s musical life has been devoted to embracing, then transcending musical traditions. Praised by Soundboard Magazine for his “commanding stage presence” and “intimate expression”, Cochran was trained in classical guitar performance at the Eastman School of Music and the Florida State College of Music. Early success with the critically acclaimed Tantalus Guitar Quartet placed Cochran in prestigious international festivals and concert halls alongside luminaries of the guitar world such as Pepe Romero, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Kazuhito Yamashita. The group earned praise for their “perfect ensemble” (Reinischer Post, Germany), and “strong nuanced and textured performances” (Classical Guitar). But Cochran found that the rigidity of strictly classical performances limited the scope of his musical expression. Upon leaving Tantalus Quartet, Cochran embarked on a journey of musical self-discovery that explored the richness and diversity of the American Diaspora: jazz, bluegrass, Country Western, the great American songwriters from the Tin Pan Alley to Sondheim, and ultimately the plaintive traditional music of his native Appalachia. The result of this journey is a synthesis of styles artfully displayed on Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane, Cochran’s debut recording as a singer-songwriter-composer. Americana chart-topper Grant Peeples proclaimed “Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane is a Masterpiece” and No Depression raved “[the] pure emotive quality of Cochran’s music pulls you into its embrace and empties your heart with every sigh…artfulness in composition is almost a trademark of Cochran’s work.”

In 2015, Cochran will unveil the Matthew Cochran Trio, a crossover project that incorporates elements of jazz, folk, and classical music and features percussionist Matthew Witten and jazz bassist Emiliano Lasansky. Cochran is currently working on his follow-up to Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane, an ambitious song cycle titled Push Rock Up Hill.


Research Assistant/Contributor Ciyadh Wells is a master’s student at the University of Louisville. She is pursing a Master’s of Music Performance degree with a concentration in Applied String Pedagogy. Her primary instrument is the classical guitar which she has been playing for the last eight years. Prior to this degree, she finished her Bachelor’s in Music with a concentration in Music Education.  Ciyadh enjoys playing and learning all styles of music. Her goal is to become a performer and music professor. When she is not performing, she enjoys running, traveling, and researching for the G2E podcast.

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Research Assistant/Contributor Cole Louis Hankins is a classical guitarist and aspiring musicologist. A native of Albany, Georgia, he first studied guitar with Matthew Cochran at Darton State College. His musicological interests include folk music of England, Early Music, as well as the music of Frederick Delius. Cole has recently completed his junior year of study towards his undergraduate degree in classical guitar performance. He currently studies guitar under Luther Enloe at Georgia State University.”

1 Comment

  1. Aaron Larget-Caplan

    Dear Matt,
    I’ve been reading and listening to Goes2Eleven. Congrats on a very nice production and asking some good questions. As you highlight more than just dead guitarists, I’d love to speak with you about doing something for Goes2Eleven. I have a few things going on this season and I’d love to share with you and your listeners.

    I am classical guitarist based in Boston, but do quite a bit that is off the beaten classical guitar path: commissioning over 45 new works and a CD for my New Lullaby Project; working with the UK label Stone Records on a CD being issued this month built on a Japanese theme and includes new works, techniques and the unknown masterpiece “Legend of Hagoromo” by Keigo Fujii; giving educational programs in schools; lecturing on writing for guitar, Commissioning Projects and Being an Artist Entrepreneur in the 21st Century.
    I also do the normal thing of concerts, lots of chamber music and touring, including just returning from my 3rd trip to Russia followed by concerts in France, Germany, Italy and the beautiful Palacio de Linares in Madrid, Spain. I also teach at the University of Massachusetts Boston and formerly at the Boston Conservatory.

    I would be happy to send you the new CD, which is being released Sep. 24.

    Thanks for your time and consideration.

    More info at http://www.ALCguitar.com

    ps. Please say hi to Ciyadh for me. I gave her a class a couple of years back. Very sweet!


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