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, but he’s developed his own style. String bending with a hint of Asia and the Middle East in their tone, a strong single note attack with a flat pick that reproduces the brittle sound of picado (a flamenco technique of playing runs with index and middle finger), octave jumping melodies and rhythms that include suggestions of jazz, reggae, pop and Arab 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 on his own four solo albums Aeaea, Urban Flamenco, 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’ recent release Traveler. Duros has been the head lighting designer for the Grammy award winning band Toto from 1999-present. His lighting work is showcased on Toto’s 35th Anniversary – Live in Poland. 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' which won 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.”