Emmy award winner Stephen Nystrup has traded in his bicycle messenger job in NYC and is now mountain biking throughout New England, and is playing in some of the great venues there. He has been around the world and back, both musically and geographically. Steve was born in Hartford and began playing the guitar at age twelve. It was the most important thing in my life then, he says. Early influences were Sandy Bull, Tom Rush, John Fahey and Jorma Kaukonen. As a teen he travelled Connecticut playing in a trio called The Villigeaires. Steve began a musical journey that included two music degrees, as well as stops in Europe, Boston, and Marthas Vineyard where he played to the famous locals in a band called The Ogres and was hired by Peter Asher to work with Kate Taylor. He eventually found his way to New York City where he studied classical guitar with Herbert Levine while simultaneously playing in a new wave band called Reverse that released one album on Warner Bros. Since his debut solo album, C flat, and continuing with Driving Rain and Another Sleepless Night Steve has been hailed as a guitar wizard and acoustic guitar hero, and his performances, says Roger Catlin of The Hartford Courant, are filled with clear, evocative guitar work. His music has been described as driving and rhythmic, healing, and absolutely uplifting. Steves audiences leave a performance feeling they have been on a spiritual, musical journey, not unlike Mr. Nystrups own. Steve also finds time to teach music to middle schoolers in Glastonbury, CT. and to drag his sixteen year old son on stage to play bass with him. Steve is a two time Critics Choice of The Hartford Advocate. His newest CD, Sweet Mystery, highlights his songwriting, steel string guitar playing, and singing. Ed McKeon reports that Steve writes with a mature, wise and thoughtful, poetic voice, … his music is Iyrically taut, musically inviting and supremely confident…irresistible! In addition to his own four solo CDs on Rare Duck Records, Steve can be heard on several excellent compilation CDs including four Folk Next Door issues and five CT Classical Guitar Society releases. His credits in scoring for film, radio and live theater include CT Public TV, and Off Off Broadway. Steve recently received an Emmy Award for his music scoring, as part of the production team, for the CPTV documentary Amistad Connecticut: A Legacy Reborn. Steve continues to tour widely and bring his signature sound to audiences old and new. His performances are filled with warmth, humor and uplifting music both from him and the guitar he loves. Check out his web site at xenonarts.com.