“Élan is an excellent example of a twenty-first century professional guitarist.  Classically trained yet versatile in a number of styles, he can easily cross and combine genres displaying virtuosic skills in each. Not only a player, he is also a skilled and able composer and improviser who is a creative artist as well as being an excellent musician.  It was a great pleasure for me as a teacher to have him as a student during his undergraduate years.  I have no doubt his career will flourish and unfold in many fascinating directions” David Rogers, International Guitarist/Composer

“Having Élan perform at my wedding ceremony was key to creating a joyful, memorable atmosphere on my big day. He was extremely professional and, while he had a wonderful repertoire of music to pick from, he was willing to learn songs of my choosing and performed them beautifully. He was also able to work the logistics out with the DJ and wedding planner without our having to worry about a thing. I highly recommend hiring him for any event that needs an extra touch of class!” Venessa Scrivano

“I have had the opportunity to hire David Kelley for events that Event Wise has produced and have been extremely pleased every time. Élan is prompt, professional, dependable and courteous to all patrons. Élan plays classical guitar beautifully as well as contemporary music. He can remain in the background or play center stage. Every chance I have to hire Élan, I do!  If you need a guitarist, I highly recommend Élan.” Sally Wise, Owner: Event Wise Special Events

“I hired Élan to play guitar at my wedding in July and I must say he was a pleasure to work with since the moment he first contacted me.  He was very respectful and friendly, and went out of his way to accompany my specific style of music.  Definitely worth every penny, I would hire him for any event!” Alex Maksimov

“My wife and I hired Élan to play guitar and sing for our elopement wedding ceremony in Amity, OR. He played some wonderful Spanish guitar music throughout the evening and had a fun, engaging personality.  Élan is a very talented musician- he learned our first dance song, Ray La Montagne’s “You Are the Best Thing,” in a week and it was perfect!  My wife and I would highly recommend using Élan‘s services.” Regina Findlay

“My husband and I hired David to play at our wedding.  We didn’t want a DJ just pressing play in the background. Élan has a huge repertoire of music to choose from which made it much easier on us, and he learned to play the song I requested for the processional.  The whole wedding was beautiful, and the guitar in the background was the perfect touch.  He was great to work with, VERY TALENTED, and also worked with me on my budget!  If I need another guitar player, I will definitely be calling Élan again!” Morgan Walker

“I began playing guitar in my 40s.  After teaching myself some basics, I finally got smart and started taking lessons from Élan.  He is an excellent teacher: skilled, knowledgeable, attentive and discerning, and patient.  He listens well, quickly tuning into what I wanted from the guitar and helping me work toward that, offering all kinds of helpful tips along the way.  Élan‘s passion for the guitar and music-making in general is infectious.  He’ll make you want to practice more!” Gary Borjesson, PhD Professor

Élan was amazing!  Due to a series of misfortunes, it was less than two weeks until my wedding and I still had no musician for the ceremony.  He contacted my desperate craigslist plea and saved the day.  He was an excellent musician all around and extremely professional to work with.  I highly recommend him!” Cassandra Kinonen

Élan is an exceptional guitarist, and we were honored to have him play at our wedding celebration.  His music set a beautiful tone for the evening and was noted by many in attendance. He demonstrated great communication, professionalism, and ease to work with.  I would highly recommend the talents of David Kelley to others.” Matt Nguyen

“I hired Élan to play at my wedding ceremony.  David came out to see the venue and we talked about exactly how everything would go.  He kept in contact leading up to the wedding and worked on the pieces I wanted.  I loved his arrangements.  He played them for me a couple of weeks before the wedding and I was thrilled at how great they sounded.  I got many compliments on Élan‘s performance.  Working with Élan was simple, straightforward, and hassle-free.  He’s very professional and takes his work seriously.  This was a small gig, but he treated it like a much bigger one.  Seriously, hire this man!!  You’ll be in very good hands.” Sarah Bartlett Sheinin

“Working with Élan was an absolute pleasure. He made the process of picking out the ceremony music stress free. We received several compliments from our guests, as well! I would definitely recommend his services. He played beautifully and was perfectly timed with what we had planned.” Gina Quattrochi

Élan was easy to work with for planning the music at our ceremony.  He was helpful with guiding us before we arrived at the final plan, and we were happy that he was able to learn a new song on relatively short notice that fit perfectly- along with his list of already practiced songs.  Élan‘s timing was great! He showed up on time at a location that admittedly was not easy to find, and he was natural at getting everything started.  We appreciated every flexibility that helped make our day perfect.  Thank you for the professional experience and the memories!”  Sabi Horvat

If you would like to book Élan for an event or contact him about a music project please call him at (503) 729-7924, email at elanpromusic@gmail.com, or visit the Contact Page.

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