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Guitarist Edgar Cruz

Guitarist Edgar Cruz

This full-time guitarist was born and raised in Oklahoma City and grew up in an atmosphere of Latin/Mariachi music under the inspiration of his father Manuel Cruz. After graduating from Oklahoma City University in 1986, Edgar has spent much of his time touring colleges, universities, festivals and conventions and giving corporate and private performances throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean Islands and South America.

Edgar Cruz has been named Oklahoma's Best Performing Artist/Acoustic Guitarist three years in a row and has received numerous civic acknowledgments for his contributions to various charitable events. He has recently begun performing with orchestras, choirs and various musicians. Each year he performs over 200 concerts and has played throughout America, Europe and South America. He has been a headliner at The Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, Tennessee since 1995 and is a strong icon at most festivals in Oklahoma including Sunfest, Festival of the Arts, Paseo Festival, Global Oklahoma and more.

Those who have witnessed Cruz's performance immediately become entranced at the precision, speed and complexity with which his fingers strike the strings of his guitar to create a symphony of sound unusual to just one instrument. Bohemian Rhapsody, The William Tell Overture, Malagueña, In the Mood and MacArthur Park are just a few examples. Twelve CDs are currently available including three live recordings. They cover various moods: Latin, Classical, International, Rock, Jazz, Mariachi, Romantic and Christmas.

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