Featuring performances and lessons from artists around the world, Alvarez All Stars are a select group of musicians who move and inspire us


TORA is a Norwegian GRAMMY® nominated, blues-inspired pop/rock band fronted by Norway’s new female guitar heroine, Tora Dahle Aagård. Tora has earned herself extensive recognition and popularity due to her playful virtuosity, raw energy and unique stage presence.

TORA’s first eponymously titled album was released in 2019, featuring pop/rock music with deep roots in blues and soul. Their next album GIRLS was released in September 2021 and features exciting collaborations with acclaimed musicians Joey Landreth and drummer Aaron Sterling (John Mayer). Tora has also played with Paul Gilbert (Mr Big) and Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson) and has performed in London’s Royal Albert Hall. In October 2020, she shared the main stage of the world’s biggest virtual guitar festival, Guitar.com LIVE, with renowned names such as Joe Bonamassa, Carlos Santana, St Vincent and John McLaughlin.

The band is: Tora Dahle Aagård (guitar and lead vocals), Isak Seltveit (bass guitar), Guri Tranås (backing vocals), Andreas Dahle Aagård (guitar) and Magnus Galguften (drums).




Tora Plays

Yairi Honduran





Tim Bloomer is a professional guitar player from Newcastle Upon Tyne, fluent in many styles of modern music, from jazz to country, rock, and everything in between. He has ample experience in both performing and in the studio, having toured the UK and Europe extensively and recorded in studios across England.

Alongside his continued touring and session work, Tim has been a frequent player on the UK theatre scene since 2018, currently playing guitar for the tour of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and previously playing for sell out residencies on the West End alongside other national and international tours.

In 2019 Tim became an Alvarez All Star for Alvarez Guitars. He is now also the main product demonstrator and co-presenter of weekly YouTube show, Alvarez TV.

Over the last decade Tim has developed an ability to truly engross himself in particular musical styles and genres—to replicate and then develop them as far as possible. Each experience has deepened his overall musicianship, making him an extraordinarily nuanced player, engaged in a persistent effort to offer the relevant musicality to any style and to define and develop his own sound.




Tim Plays:

Yairi Masterworks


Yairi Masterworks

FYM70 Folk/OM



Jazz & Blues




Stuart Ryan

Stuart Ryan began his professional career in 2003 when he was awarded Guitarist Magazine’s “Acoustic Guitarist of The Year.” Stuart is a composer, studio musician, performer and educator. Working often as a solo fingerstyle player, he has performed at concert halls and guitar festivals across Europe.

Stuart’s original compositions are published through BMG music and receive regular airplay on the BBC, ITV and networks throughout the world. An in-demand studio guitarist, he has worked with independent and signed artists, and his playing and writing have been featured on several film scores (for Amazon Prime studios among others).

A multi-stylist equally fluent on electric and acoustic guitars, Stuart has written 8 books examining fingerstyle, Soul guitar, Blues, Modern Country and more. Since 2004, he has written a monthly column for Guitar Techniques Magazine and his original pieces are included in the Rockshool and London College of Music grade exams.




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South African guitar virtuoso Loki Rothman is the whole package. He has mastered many genres on the guitar, and with a a mesmerizing voice he paints beautiful landscapes with his original lyrics. Loki jump-started his career when he ended up in the top 6 on the first season of SA’s Got Talent. He has travelled the world as Jack Parow’s brilliant guitarist, worked with South African hip-hop legends Die Antwoord as well as London-based artist Toya Delazy. Loki also runs his own private music school. He has sent two brilliant releases into the world, exhibiting his amazing diversity as a musician—his debut album, The Way Back, and his guitar instrumental DVD, Syndactyly.



Loki Plays:

Custom Model based on DYM60HD w/Cutaway


Custom Model based on FYM70CE


Deer Park Avenue

Deer Park Avenue is a California-born sister rock duo known for their raw, honest songwriting and dynamic live performances. DPA channel the best of 90s grunge with an old-school punk energy, layered with punk, garage and pop moods.

After winning Hard Rock Cafe’s Battle of the Bands in Washington, D.C., Deer Park Avenue caught the attention of Zurich-based label Muve Recordings, signing with them to release their debut album, Conscious Mess, produced with Reto Peter (Green Day, Modest Mouse). Conscious Mess is an album that swings effortlessly from bright, sunny satire to unnervingly honest introspection. The stark contrast is a polarity that defines DPA as few other bands.

During the summers of 20/21, DPA supported Swiss superstars Stefanie Heinzmann, Stress, 77 Bombay Street and more, and played Open Air Gampel, one of Switzerland’s largest music festivals. The sisters are currently in the studio working on their next album.




Deer Park Avenue Plays:



Masterworks Elite






The Ocelots

Situated in Leipzig, Germany, 24-year old twins Brandon and Ashley combine to create The Ocelots. Originally from Wexford, Ireland, they honed their craft through busking around Ireland, before playing their music on many stages all across Europe.

Soon the duo began playing to larger audiences, jumping on tours with international acts like Jack Johnson, Felix Rebil (The Cat Empire), Isaac Gracie and Kim Churchill. They played numerous shows with well-known Irish artists like Glen Hansard and Hudson Taylor and made appearances in the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Tollwood and Electric Picnic amongst others.

The brothers are known for their ability to capture an audience, with mesmerising melody and variety meeting their charm and wit on stage.



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Tribe Friday

Tribe Friday is a band of guitar-slinging emo kids from the woods of Sweden who marry the rugged indie rock dancehall sounds of the early 2000s with Gen Z post-pandemic party vibe bliss. Upbeat songs about self deprication, identity, confusion, love and death are anchored by sarcasm, wit and charm.

Tribe Friday debuted with the garage rock-ridden Trying Your Luck EP in mid-2019. The release was quickly followed by the band’s first US and EU tours, while also earning them a spot as openers for Swedish rock legends Mando Diao.

Despite COVID-19, 2020 also saw the band returning to the US for shows in NYC (at the legendary Mercury Lounge, home of The Strokes), and LA, where they played School Night—the tastemaker’s showcase which has previously seen the likes of Billie Eilish. The band wrapped up the year with a nomination for Group of the Year at the prestigious P3 Guld awards.




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Taylor Bloom

Taylor Bloom is an actor, singer and songwriter based in Upper Manhattan. Having grown up immersed in the earnest musicality of Northern Appalachia, Taylor imbues his artistic pursuits with an honesty and compassion rare in modern live entertainment. Taylor has become a dynamic and accomplished singer as well as actor, with roles ranging from Paul Simon in The Simon and Garfunkel Story to Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. A prolific songsmith and accomplished musician, Taylor has entertained thousands and has recently released two studio albums, Heading to Ohio and My Father Before Me.




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