The rippling, rhythmic sounds Stephen Duros coaxes out of his nylon string acoustic guitar are hard to resist or categorize. His music has roots in the traditional sounds of flamenco from studying with flamenco guitarist, Paco Arroyo in his early 20's, but he’s developed his own style. Exotic string bending with a hint of Indian, Asian and the Middle Eastern influences in their tone along with octave melodies have formed his signature sound. Strong single note attack with a flat pick reproduces the brittle sound of picado (a flamenco technique of playing runs with index and middle finger), and rhythms that include suggestions of jazz, reggae, pop and Arabic music join the familiar pulse of flamenco’s gypsy rumba in his emotionally satisfying compositions. Though Duros is not a flamenco guitarist, he can produce complex rhythms and lightening fast runs that are flamenco’s trademark, but he usually takes a more measured approach, emphasizing subtle emotional nuance over flashy technique. Duros has performed with Ottmar Liebert from 2006-2009. His playing is featured on Ottmar Liebert’s Grammy nominated album 'The Scent of Light' and the live studio album 'Up Close', a 3D recording meant to be listened to on headphones. Duros has his four solo albums 'Aeaea', 'Midnight in Manhattan', 'Miranda' and 'Thira', which won Duros a place on the Grammy Ballot for a nomination in the Best New Age Album of the year category. He has worked with Billboard top 10 World Music artist, Lawson Rollins as the associate producer on the “Urban Trilogy” section of Rollins’ album 'Traveler' along with performing various keyboard and drum programing performances on those tracks. He played the electric guitar solos on Lawson's song 'World of Wonder' featuring 3rd Force that peaked at #8 on Billboard's smooth jazz chart. In 2017 Stephen played on Jim Stubblefield's award winning album 'Guitar Mystique' trading solos and harmonizing with Jim on his track 'Oculus Tempestatis'. Stephen plays in a project called 'Path of Light' with Haitian percussionist / vocalist, Jeff Pierre from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Their 4 song EP titled 'Path of Light' is available on iTunes.
Duros, also known as "Astro" in the lighting world has been the lighting director for the multi Grammy Award winning band Toto and has toured all over the world with them from 1999-2018. His lighting work is showcased on Toto’s 2013 35th Anniversary – Live in Poland concert film and on the upcoming 2018 Toto 40th Anniversary live concert film to be released end of the year. He has also toured as the lighting director for, Olivia Newton-John, Ottmar LIebert, and the Down From the Mountain Tour, featuring all the music from the Hollywood film O'Brother Where Art Thou? Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the tour featured artists Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, The Nashville Bluegrass band, the Del McCoury band, Rick Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder, The Whites, The Peasall Sisters and Rodney Rodney Crawl. In the Late 90's to mid 2000's Duros had been the house lighting director at Billboard Live / Key Club for 7 years as well as lighting at the Roxy and various other LA clubs around Hollywood. He oporated lighting or assisted in lighting for hundreds of local and national acts including Sarah McLaughlin, Melissa Etheridge, Dianna Ross, John B, Wu-Tang Clan, NSYNC, TOTO, Ice Cube, Ice Tea, Slick Rick, KRS-One, Kool Moe Dee, Cyprus Hill, Too Short, Shock G, Redman, A Perfect Circle, Slipknot, Soul Fly, System Of A Down, Downset, SX-10, Static X, Nickelback, Insane Clown Posse, Jerry Cantrell, Steve Lukather and Friends, Larry Carlton, Edgar Winter, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Motor Head, Rat, LA Guns, Cinderella, Paul Rogers, Al Di Meola, Men At Work, War, Metal Skool / Steel Panther, Blues Traveler, Eek-a-Mouse, ABC, several DJ's, plays, raves, private events and many other national and various acts.
Also an artist, his cartoon work is featured on on Steve Lukather’s signature pedal “The Luke” made by the award winning pedal company, ToneConcepts.
Duros has currently released his latest studio album, 'AEAEA', a concept album that plays from beginning to end as if it were one long song, one musical idea flows into the next and it is up to the listener to use their imagination as to what the musical adventure is about. The album won Duros a Global Music Award.
“I want to keep making records that explore all the possibilities of the guitar and continue my musical journey. Music has helped me through the tough times and contributed to some amazing experiences. I want to give back some of the joy and inspiration music has given me. I hope the music I make will affect others the way the musicians I love have affected me.”