Gordon "Gordo" Bennett
Guitarist / Synth Guitarist / Bass Guitarist / Composer / Producer
Gordon Bennett, an American guitarist picked up his first guitar, a $15 acoustic, at the age of 10 and immediately fell in love with the instrument and had to have it. Finally with enough pleading convinced his mom to buy it for him. "Thanks Mom!"
By the time the mid 70's rolled around Gord being 16 was able to get his first electric guitar and amp. Being influenced by the likes of Genesis, Rush, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, etc. Gordo was soaking up the musical atmosphere of the time. Then the awakening came in his mid 20's, discovering bands like Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson and Frank Zappa putting Gordo on a musical path he is still on today.
Now playing guitar for over 45 years, and having played in various rock and progressive rock bands through the years. Gord became more interested in synth guitar, electronic music, midi and audio recording and the production of music. Finally being able to build his first full fledged recording studio in the mid 90's boosting 32 tracks of pristine digital audio Gordo's musical dream was at last a reality. Gordo has recorded and produced several of his own albums over the years including, Electronic New Age, Acoustic New Age, Rock and Progressive Rock Albums.
Gordo's main guitar influences include Robert Fripp, John McLaughlin, Steve Hackett, Adrian Belew, Frank Zappa, and Alex Lifeson, with all of them leading him into guitar synthesis.
2014 - 2015 was a pivotal year defining Gordo musically, finding his musical niche, and fitting comfortably into it. By going back to his roots and searching out what he truly loved and wanted to do musically, he left the band he was currently in and began composing and recording music without boundaries. "I find solace and completeness in composing music" "It defines me for who I am" he says. Incorporating symphonic and classical music into his writing has been a vision of his for some time stemming from his love of classical music. This all leading him into the writing and recording of his album 'Fun In OuterSpace' released June 2015. All the music on this album was composed & performed by Gordo using a Godin synth access guitar and a Macbook. All of his projects are produced & recorded at GorMusik Studio's.
In September of 2015 Gordo was asked to collaborate on the release of Ron Marquiss new album "One Or The Whole”, composing the title track, a 12 minute Symphonic Rock piece for the album, with contributions from Robert McClung and Ron Marquiss on the piece. The project is a concept album, with spoken word and narration, the brainchild of Ronald Marquiss / M Destiny including a host of many great Friday Night Progressive artists on the album.
At the same time in 2015 Gordo was approached by Mark Truey Trueack to see if he'd like to work on some music for the upcoming United Progressive Fraternity Album 'Planetary Overload' and was extremely happy to contribute to such a huge project. The arrangement written will feature some incredible talent on it with Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus, Mark Trueack, and Steve Unruh to name a few and is entitled 'Seeds for Life' which will be on the Planetary Overload album - 'Part 1 Loss' slated for a 2018 release. Also Gordo is currently working on another arrangement for the second Planetary Overload album, 'Part 2 Hope' of the 2 album project.
2016 - 2017 brought more opportunities for Gordo to work his orchestral skills with Colin Tench on his Album 'Hair in a G-String' which was released September 2016 featuring a host of many talented musicians and vocalists.
In between working with Colin Tench Gordo was asked to score orchestra on a track entitled 'As You Do' for Joshua Leibowitz for his single track released in November 2016.
January 2017 saw the first single release 'Waxed Apples' for GorMusik's GorFusion album featuring the bass playing of Joe Serwinowski for that side project and track number 2 'Moon Wink' released in March 2018 with several more tracks currently in production.
March 2017 brings Gordo back to the Colin Tench Project. Now with a core band being established, featuring Peter Jones on Vocals (Tiger Moth Tales, Camel), Joe Vitale on drums (Joe Walsh, The Eagles), Petri Lindstrom on bass (Progeland, Corvus Stone), and now Emmy Award nominated vocalist Joey Lugassy the work has begun with Gordo scoring more orchestral arrangements for the upcoming project with Colin Tench on guitars piano and production (Corvus Stone, Bunchakeze). The new album 'minor Masterpiece’ was released in December 2017.
March 2018 Sees the release of a second single "Moon Wink' for GorMusik's GorFusion album featuring the incredible bass playing of Joe Serwinowski. Seriously good stuff!
October 2020 Finally brings some new GorMusik to the foreground in the form of an epic 15 minute single entitled 'AfterMath'. Being that it was written during this unprecedented time in history as current world events and emotions have inspired me to write this track I am giving it wings and setting it free now, although it might reappear on a future album.
Currently Gordo's new album entitled 'Snakes & Angels' is back into production with Peter Jones on vocals, Joseph Frick on bass, and Jay McGurrin playing drums on an epic track entitled 'The Lost'. Gordo has several more recording projects ranging from Symphonic Progressive metal, Hard Rock, Fusion, Acoustic, and New Age projects at hand Including more new music written for United Progressive Fraternity's album Planetary Overload Part 2: Hope ... Stay tuned in!