Miguel Emilio Balmaceda (aka MrEB or Mystery Be) has played professionally for nearly four decades beginning with blues and rock cover bands in the late 1970's. After attending the Guitar Institute of Technology (now the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA) in 1984, he explored diverse genres of chord-melody jazz, Latin, Brazilian, flamenco, classical, and ragtime. Developing a keen interest in composing he subsequently recorded the San Miguel Project (Grammy nominee release from indie label Arizona University Recordings in 1998) with Larry Washington on drums (Tina Turner, Warren...), and Lawrence Dixon on keys (Wilson Pickett) contributing to mostly electric guitar based instrumentals. He fronted his own band during this period which on occasion featured Ric Fierabracci on bass and Joel Taylor on drums most recently touring with Billy Cobham and Al Dimeola respectively. The follow-up Spanish Blues EP was devoted to solo acoustic guitar instrumentals. Currently, MrEB is focused on recording a new body of lyrical songs integrating a new vocal styling with Blues, Brazilian, Jazz, and Flamenco, as well as continuing the art of chord-melody guitar.
Miguel was born January 31, 1953 in Colon, Panama. His hard working parents emigrated to New York City, where he was raised until his teens. The migration continued west to California, where his ear latched on to an eclectic blend of pop, rock and jazz influences, everything from Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, to the Doors, to John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, to Carlos Santana.
“It was Carlos who influenced me the most, particularly on a spiritual level. Of course musically as well, but it was the completely inspirational quality of his mid-70s recordings 'Caravanserai', 'Welcome', and 'Borboletta' which really drove me to become a player. Eventually, I wanted to generate in my own playing, the same kinds of inspired emotions Carlos had evoked in me. But there were other albums from that period which moved me as well. Robin Trower's 'Bridge of Sighs', and McLaughlin's 'Birds of Fire' were mind expanding masterpieces. But it was Carlos who made my heart soar the highest.”
Miguel plays a Les Paul electric guitar through a custom Richtone amp, and an acoustic classical guitar from luthier Abe Wechter, famous for John McLauglin's unique scalloped fingerboard instruments. His striking instrumental “Mountain Melt” has been featured on KKSF 106.7 in the SF Bay area on Sunday mornings.
Additionally, MrEB served 4 years active duty in the USAF as a computer specialist, worked as a software developer and consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies for more than 30 years, earned a B.A. in English Linguistics from Cal State San Bernardino, an M.A.T. degree in teaching from the University of Southern California, taught in public schools from elementary to high, is an avid proponent of Richard Buckminster Fuller's "Synergetics" 60 degree mathematical coordinating system and "World Game" for solving all of humanity's problems, and is a practitioner of Serge Kahili King's Hawaiian "Huna Healing" techniques. For more on any of these topics read the Blog page and/or subscribe to the newsletter. You can also pose questions directly on the Contact page.