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**** LEO GOSSELIN **** *Grand Stick Soloist*: Press

MVC-017S_JPG2_resized.jpgLocal Talent Free Press, Winnipeg, MB "...Technically, Mr. Gosselin is dazzling, but the emotional and expressive range he coaxes from his instrument is truly astonishing. The Chapman Stick has a captivating richness of tone unlike anything you've heard, and this is an artist with the stylistic versatility to exhibit it. Each genre in the eclectic program was authentically articulated: smouldering blues and coruscating jazz, lyrical New Age pieces played with the poignant tenderness; even fresh and winning renditions of traditional Celtic songs on this most non-traditional of instruments..." --By R. Kreindler

Reena Kreindler - Winnipeg Free Press

hugeleoin1985_cropped.jpgTones Of The Town

The first time I heard Leo A. Gosselin play was at one of the patio restaurants at The Forks. He was set up just outside the Johnston Terminal, to the right of the patio. Throughout the night customers were complementing the restaurant on having the good sense to hire such a talented musician. "How nicely that man plays," and what beautiful music, was genuinely expressed by the patrons. What exactly was he playing? The Chapman Touchboard was invented 23 years ago by Emmett Chapman, and Gosselin has spent the last 20 years perfecting and testing the limits of this unusual musical instrument. With either 10 or 12 strings, the right hand is tuned like a guitar, while the left is like a cello in reverse. Looking not unlike a thicker version of a guitar neck, its' sound implies the richness and harmony of a trio of instruments and is played like a keyboard. Gosselin has just released a CD entitled 'Border Crossing', which showcases the range of the Chapman Stick while featuring styles from Folk to New Age. My favorites on this collection are his original compositions – especially Path of Tears. Recorded in his attic studio, this CD is as clear, pure and inspiring as the tunes I heard just a few summers ago. The melodies are presented in a unique, yet almost familiar way serving as the perfect background music for any occasion.

Susan Krepart - Winnipeg Free Press

hugesierravistaaz.jpgArt In The Park hits right chord "Rich tones of what sort of sounded like a guitar drew people to see what it was they were hearing. What they found was instrumentalist Leo Gosselin, originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, but now touring [living] in Arizona. He was playing a unique instrument called the Chapman Stick. The 12-string instrument was invented by guitarist Emmett Chapman back in the 1970s and is played with both hands in a percussion-type manner. " 'No known guitarist, bassist or fingerboard player had ever before used a basic three or four fingered technique in each hand simultaneously to play independent lines, scales and chords. It was unique yet basic and logical--both hands aligned parallel to the frets and perpendicular to the strings, the fingers of each hand fitting sequentially into selected fret spaces at any point along the fretboard,' writes Gosselin on his website. Gosselin has been playing the instrument for the past 30 years... "...He had several CDs available for sale, and people were snapping them up. Next weekend, he will be playing at the Patagonia Fall Festival."

Shar Porier - Sierra Vista Herald

Edmonton Journal 6/14/2001 "Leo Gosselin took up guitar at age 10, only to discover his main instrument, the Chapman Stick, a decade later. In the 24 years since he's owned 12 different models of the stick, making his living off music for the past six years. The Winnipeg-based musician taps eclectic styles on his three CD's from Celtic to Latin-jazz to ingenious original tunes. He enjoys playing the Street Fest for the greater personal contact and between tunes he often fields questions about his axe (the Grand Stick involves 12 strings and over 5 octaves..." ---By Roger Levesque

Roger Levesque - Edmonton Journal (Jun 14, 2001)