A search for Bill Lanphier turns up at least four distinctly different characters. The musician Lanphier has performed with a diverse range of artists including Madonna, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and premier world-music artists. The writer B.L. has contributed to playboy.com, Consumers Digest, World Book Encyclopedia, and National Lampoon Magazine. Lanphier the motorsports enthusiast has raced the Pikes Peak Hillclimb, the fastest off-road race in North America. The photographer Lanphier has published thousands of magazine images in seven countries. Like Woody Allen's fictitious human chameleon Zelig, the real Bill Lanphier finds himself wearing many hats.
"Lanphier has done an excellent job with this book."Kalin Kirilov, multi-instrumentalist; guitar with Ivo Papasov, Yuri Yunakov; University of Massachusetts Department of Music faculty; East European Folklife Center teaching staff, principles of Balkan ornament & melody.
"This is killer material! Lanphier should come to Berklee and do a clinic."Mark Walker, Grammy award-winning Associate Professor of Percussion, Berklee College of Music (Boston); drums and hand percussion with Oregon, Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, and David Leibman.
"The nice selection of music, plus the professional transcriptions and arrangements are impressive. I found some of my favorite tunes in there."Valeri Georgiev, kaval; Musical Director 11 years, Najden Kirov Orchestra, Rousse, Bulgaria; East European Folklife Center teaching staff.