Fusion Fanatic

Matthew Von Dorans eardrum buzz

Though many styles pass through his hands and fly out of his amps, putting Von Doran in the fusion genre seems appropriate: it's the least limiting of labels, and it best describes his hybrid sound. "Fusion seems to be kind of a bad word these days. There always seems to be a hipper or politically correct label for styles of music. But it's all music to me. It's the same 12 notes going on. But I don't have a problem attaching the word 'fusion' to my style of playing—taken literally, that's what I do," says Von Doran. "I just consider myself really fortunate to be able to make a living playing guitar."

Asked what he's learned after years of studying music and rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest players around, Von Doran has a quick answer. "It's not what you know," he says. "It's what you do with what you know."

Location Info


Alcatraz Brewing Co.

20 City Blvd. W., Ste. R-1
Orange, CA 92868

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Orange

Matthew Von Doran plays with the Don Miller Orchestra at Birraporetti's, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 850-9090. Every Mon., 8 p.m. Free; with the Tim Moyer Band at the Sun Theatre, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 712-2700. Fri., 8 p.m. $15; with the Tom Wilkie Band at Kikuya, 8052 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 536-6665. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Free; with the New Trio of Doom at Alcatraz Brewing Co., The Block at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 939-8686. Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Free.

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