Guitarist Of The Year winner releases debut solo EP and song playthroughs

Quebec guitarist Gabriel Cyr wowed us back in 2018 when he won our Guitarist Of The Year final in London. With a CV that includes a jazz fusion quintet, progressive rock outfit Universe Effects, session playing and guitar teaching, we're delighted to see him now branch out alone with his first solo EP.

Spectrum Exploration I is a four song instrumental EP that effortlessly blends Gabriel's jazz fusion and rock influences, including Pat Metheny, Steve Vai (opens in new tab), Joe Satriani (opens in new tab) and Nick Johnston.

The stunning debut showcases his melodic and ethereal approach to progressive instrumental guitar.

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Gabriel has filmed two playthroughs for the atmospheric opening track Dark Times and the stunning Haters that you can watch above.

Spectrum Exploration I is available through all major streaming platforms here (opens in new tab), and if you like what you hear, you can support Gabriel by purchasing it at Bandcampcom (opens in new tab).

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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.