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Elmo Karjalainen

Elmo Karjalainen’s Bio

Elmo Karjalainen is a Finnish guitar player, who plays in Kilpi, Seagrave and Helena & Kalevi. In the past Elmo has played with the band Deathlike Silence.  On top of that he has released three solo albums, and a live album. In 2015 Elmo won the Finnish Tilu & Lilu competition, a competition which looked for the best Finnish shred guitarist. In 2016 Elmo got into the top 8 in Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Gods competition and performed with Yngwie, Steve Vai, Nicko McBrain and others in Miami. The same year he was also a runner up in Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory competition.

Nowadays Elmo often relaxes to the sound of silence when his kids have gone to bed.

Elmo’s Albums

Elmo is a guitar player with a wide variety of tastes, playing everything from metal to easy listening acoustic music. Elmo’s last studio album, Where We Belong, is an album of relaxing instrumental acoustic music. This is an album to relax to, with minimal playing from a guitar player who in other circumstances is known for playing much.

Elmo also has two instrumental rock albums, The Free Guitar Album being the newer one. These showcase not only his blistering technique, but also his soulful playing and his compositional skill, where the song is always the most important thing.