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Originating from Rochester, NH, USA Dave Kulju provides entertaining instrumental crossover compositions with numerous influences like Echolyn, Steve Morse and Anglagard helping stamp his authentic brand of music.He succeeds in striking a balance of contrasting elements to his music, being melancholic one minute and quirky the next. A notably adept guitarist. He released his first solo album, Abstract Expression in 2007 with his follow up, Notes In The Margin in 2010.

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Abstract Expression by Dave Kulju (2007-08-02)Abstract Expression by Dave Kulju (2007-08-02)
Net Dot Music, Inc.
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Notes in the MarginNotes in the Margin
CD Baby 2012
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3.93 | 9 ratings
Abstract Expression
4.10 | 11 ratings
Notes In The Margin

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 Abstract Expression by KULJU, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.93 | 9 ratings

Abstract Expression
Dave Kulju Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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4 stars 1970-born American guitarist Dave Kulju started taking guitar lessons at the age of 12 and through the years he developed a specific style influenced by his favorite band, RUSH.He played with several bands during his teenage years, but he made a breakout after forming Electrum in mid-90's, with whom he recorded two albums.When Electrum fell into hiatus in 2003, Kulju decided to go solo and the result was his first indepedent CD release ''Abstract Expression'' in 2007.

Kulju prooved to be not only an exceptional guitarist (as noticed already by his works with Electrum) but a clever composer as well.The album of course is characterized by his fiery and dynamic guitar playing in the vein of TILES and ALEX LIFESON with massive powerful grooves leading the way, but he also adds a few nice colors here and there with the help of some session musicians.Mellotron introductions, soft piano lines, background organ and orchestral parts are also in the menu, thus exploding the album from a simple Guitar Instrumental Rock effort to a great artistic guitar-led Prog/Fusion experience.Being far from excessive, Kulju keeps a fantastic balance between sharp-edged guitar riffing and intricate melodies (with a certain CAMEL vibe) and his style goes from energetic Heavy Prog to Fusion to Melodic Rock in a blink of an eye.Acoustic guitars are also present to calm things down when needed and the shifting moods are numerous and inspired.

This is not only a must have for anyone wanting to know how quality Instrumental Guitar Rock should be played, but also a fantastic release for all lovers of atmospheric instrumental listenings.Highly recommended.

 Notes In The Margin by KULJU, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.10 | 11 ratings

Notes In The Margin
Dave Kulju Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars US composer and multi-instrumentalist Dave KULJU started his solo career back in 2007 when he released "Abstract Expression". Since then he's been crafting more music whenever time allows him to, and in the summer of 2010 he had an album's worth of finished material which became his second solo production, issued as "Notes in the Margin".

"Notes in the Margin" is a partially instrumental album that explores a sound that ranges from hard prog akin to Rush on the one hand to space and symphonic-tinged themes that share some characteristics with late 70's Pink Floyd. Those who enjoy both these acts might well find Dave Kulju to be an artist worthwhile exploring, and I suspect that this album might also appeal to some of the people who tend to like neo-progressive rock. Overall, this is a good-quality production from start to finish, and one that should have a much broader appeal than most solo efforts crafted by a guitarist going solo.

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