Teja Gerken & Doug Young

January 19, 20237:30pm301 Main StreetNorth Little Rock, AR 72114

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Inspired by the examples set by instrumental guitar duos ranging from folk-baroque legends John Renbourn and Bert Jansch to the sophistication of the Duo Assad, Teja Gerken and Doug Young seek to create arrangements that are larger than the sum of their parts. The duo also takes advantage of the timbres available through a dazzling array of tunings and by pairing a wide variety of guitars. Having performed together for more than a decade, they released their album DUETS in 2020. Drawing from their individual catalogs of original compositions, Celtic tunes, arrangements of jazz standards, and the occasional classical piece, Teja and Doug present a varied repertoire. For an introduction to the album, please check out this video: https://youtu.be/3xv5rG1STLg


DUETS represents fingerstyle guitar at the highest level – Acoustic Guitar magazine

DUETS is a beautiful and touching debut – Gitarre & Bass (Germany)

DUETS will be a welcome addition to your collection – Fingerstyle Guitar Journal


“Employing an impressive battery of artisan guitars, Teja and Doug produce a wonderful range of sonorities and musical directions that updates the classic chemistry of the "Bert & John" (Jansch & Renbourn) recordings of the sixties–a treat for fans of both acoustic guitar music and the art of lutherie.” —Alex de Grassi


“I’ve been enjoying DUETS. It is both a celebration of great fingerstyle pickers like John Renbourn and a sumptuous sampling of guitars, all of which is really well recorded. —Tim Sparks

I love guitar duets. The richness of sound approaches that of a piano, and the interplay of gifted players can be thrilling. With this CD, Teja and Doug provide us with an abundance of both. Happily recommended!

— Mark Hanson, Accent On Music

Teja has shared the stage with many guitar visionaries, including John Renbourn, Alex de Grassi, and Andy McKee, as well as with his mentors, Duck Baker and Peppino D’Agostino. He is a familiar face at most Northern California acoustic music venues, and has toured throughout the USA and parts of Europe, including as a part of the International Guitar Night series. Teja has also taught guitar workshops at events such as the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration, the University of Colorado, San Francisco’s Blue Bear School of Music, and Boston’s Club Passim. His two solo album, On My Way, and Postcards have received critical acclaim. Teja is a co-founder and video producer for the music instruction website Peghead Nation, he was an editor for Acoustic Guitar magazine from 1997 – 2013, and he has has written extensively for guitar magazines and guitar- related book projects for more than 25 years. Doug is the winner of the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards in the instrumental category. He has released two albums, Laurel Mill, and Closing Time which feature his solo guitar playing, compositions and arrangements. Doug has written several best-selling guitar instructional books, he is a contributing editor for Acoustic Guitar magazine, has an ongoing fingerstyle guitar course on Peghead Nation, and is in-demand for teaching workshops at guitar events throughout the country.


Teja and Doug Videos

“Locktender’s Reel”: https://youtu.be/7xUgNXvBMHs

“Bermuda Triangle Exit”: https://youtu.be/MgbjEx1s_FI

“The Water is Wide”: https://youtu.be/ZuXFf3sBt8s

“A Toye for Two Lutes”: https://youtu.be/iT3guzcyED4

For more information, please visit www.tejaanddougguitar.com, www.tejagerken.com and