Brian Tarquin

Multi Emmy Award winning Brian Tarquin is an established top rate composer/guitarist. He has won 3 Emmy's for “Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated for an Emmy 6 times. In 2019 Tarquin received a Global Music Gold Award for his release Orlando In Heaven for “Best Album.” Three years in a row (2016-2019) Tarquin received “Best Album of the Year” nominations from the Independent Music Awards for his releases: Guitars for Wounded Warriors, Orlando in Heaven, and Guitars for Veterans. On which, Tarquin shows his guitar prowess alongside such world-class shredders as: Steve Morse, Larry Coryell, Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Chuck Loeb (FourPlay) to name a few. In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin has graced the Top Billboard Charts with such commercial releases as: This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2, Sweet Emotions, and Bossa Brava: Caliente on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Smooth Jazz Radio R&R and Gavin charts. Brian has appeared on 38 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career. In 2017 Tarquin composed, produced and performed on two top 20 charting radio albums for Cleopatra Records Orlando In Heaven, which was #6 on the Relix Jam Band Charts and Band of Brothers, which was #21 on the Metal Contraband Charts. Orlando In Heaven was a special project featuring an incredible cast of musical virtuosos playing their hearts out for the Pulse victims in Orlando. Both albums showcase such world-class players as guitar legend Larry Coryell, Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses, Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Gary Hoey, Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Will Ray (The Hellecasters) and Phil Naro (Talas). In 2006, Tarquin opened his own boutique record label called BHP MUSIC/GUITAR TRAX, specializing in instrumental guitar music. The label releases the Guitar Master Series featuring legends: Jeff Beck, BB King, Santana, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, and Zakk Wylde. The releases were composed, compiled and produced by Tarquin, receiving rave reviews from Guitar Player, Guitar World and Vintage Guitar Magazines. He produced and engineered virtuoso bassist Randy Coven’s last record, Nu Groove featuring Leslie West in 2010. Tarquin also owns Jungle Room Studios where he records many of the releases for his record label. Jungle Room is an extensive analog/digital studio located in the beautiful New York Catskill mountains featuring a classic 1980’s British Trident 24 recording console, an Otari MTR 90 2” Analog Tape Machine, a vintage Ampex 440c 1/4” 2 track analog tape machine, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro, a plethora of plug-ins and a collection of classic outboard gear as, the Neve Compressor 33609, Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor, Neve 1074, Chandler ltd Germanium Compressor and a host of other gear including an array of microphones, guitars & amplifiers. Jungle Room Studios has been featured in Mix, Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Progression, and Recording magazines.

Discipline by King Crimson

23 December 2021

“One of the reasons I always dug Crimson was because they composed such interesting, offbeat instrumentals. Very different from any of their contemporaries, they weren’t jazz, rock, new age, fusion, but a real unique mixture of all these categories.”

Tarquinius Maximus featuring Chris Poland & Brian Tarquin

16 December 2021

“Chris was from the original Megadeth line up – memorable albums like Killings My Business… and Business is Good! and Peace Sells… But Whose Buying?”

Open Fire by Ronnie Montrose

25 November 2021

“That record made Montrose famous and the following year he went on to release the album Montrose which has been cited as America’s answer to Led Zeppelin”

Bloodsucking Leeches by The Dixie Dregs

18 November 2021

“Steve Morse once told me there was nothing like having 5 guys in band out of college hungry for the sheer pleasure of playing together in front of an audience.”

Tommy Gunn by Tony Franklin & Brian Tarquin

11 November 2021

“I have always been a fan of his playing, first in Jimmy Page’s band The Firm and then in Blue Murder with John Sykes on guitar/vocals and Carmine Appice on drums. I recorded the drums live with Reggie Pryor and I played all guitar rhythms, melodies, and solos.”

Buck Naked by Larry McCray

4 November 2021

“After a couple of months, he sent me the song Buck Naked, his manager told me you won’t be disappointed, and he was damn right! I loved Buck Naked so much that I put it on the Guitar Masters Series 4 release.”

Unicorn by Kazumi Watanabe

7 October 2021

“Kazumi who??? I know most of you wouldn’t know the name Kazumi Watanabe, however he is a great fusion guitarist from Japan.”

Vielleicht Das Nächster Zeit (Maybe Next Time) by Rainbow

10 September 2021

“An interesting tidbit is the album’s cover, designed by Hipgnosis, was originally intended as the cover for Black Sabbath’s 1978 release Never Say Die!”

Stairway To Heaven by Stanley Jordan

9 September 2021

“Interestingly Jimmy Page originally wrote this song as an instrumental piece, which is exactly the way Stanley interprets the song himself.”

Ballistic featuring Jeff Watson (Night Ranger) & Brian Tarquin

19 August 2021

“Jeff had a very interesting approach for the track, he recorded different textures to start out his solo and then cranked out great riffs.”