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Jimmy Pappas - Guitars      

Born and raised in Preveza-Greece, Jimmy Pappas has been playing guitar since 1980. Growing up in Europe made him a fan of British Rock that included bands like: Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy and Pink Floyd.

At age 18 he emigrated to the U.S. and settled on Long Island, New York. There, he was introduced to a whole different type of guitar playing which spanned many styles and players like Steve Morse, Jeff Beck, Neal Schon, George Lynch and others.

In the years that followed, he studied the styles of those players and played guitar in different bands. In 1989 he formed an original band in Greece and performed a series of concerts throughout the region. Finally in 1992 he and friend keyboardist Josh Pincus formed ICE AGE.

Among his many influences are guitarists Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmore, Michael Schenker, Gary Moore, Steve Morse and Tony Iommi. When asked about them he replied:

  • "What makes players like that exceptional is their honesty, sense of melody and knowledge of music."
  • "It is Blackmore's unpredictability that makes him so unique. He knows how to stay away from cliches and make use of exotic scales."
  • "Gilmore has a tremendous sense of melody and emotion while Steve Morse's precision is something unreal."
  • "Michael Schenker's combination of melody and superb phrasing make him one of my all time favorite guitarists."

Jimmy talking about songwriting: "Songs are what we use to express ourselves and communicate our ideas to others. A song resembles a movie. The lyrics provide the storytelling and the music represents the visuals. We use music to provide an emotional roller coaster for the listener and enhance the ideas and thoughts behind the lyrics."

 

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