Contributor Archives: Steven Hancoff

About Steven Hancoff

Steven Hancoff is a guitarist and recording artist, as well as a long-time Rolfer (R) and psychotherapist. His four CD's of solo acoustic guitar music have been released by DGM Records. He is also the author of two books of guitar music for Warner BROS Publications and Mel Bay Publications. In 1993 he was formally designated an Artistic Ambassador by the US State Department, representing the United States all over the world. In that capacity, he has conducted master classes and performed concerts that describe and demonstrate the history and evolution of American folk music and jazz, and its relationship with the development of American democracy. In 2002, during the height of the intifada and in response to concert cancellations by some international artists, he organized a free, ten-city concert tour throughout Israel, bringing Andy Statman (and his trio - Jim Whitney, bass, and Bob Weiner, drums) and Peter Himmelman with him. Each concert also featured a prominent Israeli artist. Presently, he is at work recording his guitar transcriptions of the Six Suites For Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. Much more information is available on his website,

Feedback to American Jews on the Israeli Cultural Scene

By Steven Hancoff I just returned to the USA after spending a month in Tel Aviv. I am a guitarist. Since 1993, I have had the great good fortune to have visited about 55 countries and hundreds of cities around the world, mostly in what used to be called the ?Third World? ? now politically incorrect ? and now called, euphemistically, ?developing? countries. I say ?euphemistically? because they are usually not developing much ? rather, they are just, by and large, poor. I?ve been able to travel …

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