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Rejyna to offer Citadel songs solo sampler at McConnel Arts

Posted in Citadel, CITADELLE, CIUDADELA, 砦の, music, цитадель, Uncategorized, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2012 by Citadel
Citadel band member, Rejyna, opens for Jim Volk’s Acoustic Guitar Night at 8:00 p.m. at the Peggy McConnel Arts Center’s Bronwynn Theatre in Worthington, Ohio on Friday, January 13. 

Performing songs she contributed to the band Citadel, Rejyna uses an acoustic guitar, a headset mic and various effects to present enhanced solo renditions of songs from Citadel albums and CD’s.  She presents songs that often stray from pop formula writing, citing lyric-writing influences such as; Yes, Jethro Tull, Rush, Cat Stevens, and even Gentle Giant.  The musical aspect of her compositions also draws heavily from rock-based genres that feature non-conventional song structures.  While Citadel focuses on the harder side of the rock-meter, Rejyna as a soloist strips it down to the acoustic core of the composition.

“Yes, I use a vocal harmonizer, but I turn off the autotune pitch correction.  I use the Vocalist to weave 2, 3 and 4 part harmonies around my own voice and the guitar rhythms that I record live into the looper, and I then layer in solo and harmony guitar riffs.  One of my most requested solo songs is an instrumental titled “Happy Hands” where I use the looper to lay down a rhythm guitar part, then add a lead, then a harmony lead, and then a bass line.  Creating solo-orchestrated musical pieces live in front of an audience is a different adrenalin beast from performing with other musicians.  The sweat and fervor in my live show is proof that trying to do it all correctly in ‘one-take’ in front of a live audience is the endorphin ‘buzz’ I am addicted to…and I hold DigiTech wholly responsible for my gear addiction” (Rejyna)

Rejyna recently released a CD of one of these live performances entitled, Solo Sojourn Live, which is available on CDBaby and their online affiliates like iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and Napster. 

Rejyna will be the opening act for Jim Volk’s Acoustic Guitar Night.


“Guitarist Jim Volk will headline an evening of music with warm-up sets from recent International Thumbpicking Contest winners Josh Woods and Shohei Toyoda and singer-guitarist Rejyna.”


Jim Volk - Photo by RejynaJim Volk is a high energy solo acoustic guitar player that thrills his audiences every time he plays.  His performances include a wide mixture of blues, rock, country, guitar bangin’ “modern acoustic” – and, crowd favorite medleys Jim puts together on the fly.


Out in western Kentucky there is a International Thumb Pickin’ Contest that BOTH Josh Woods and Shohei Toyoda have won – in consecutive years.  Nobody can win that prestigious award without being able to play the guitar VERY WELL:

Josh Woods – is a self taught Kentuckian guitar player, himself.  Thousands of avid guitar players attempt the extremely complicated Atkins/Travis style of playing guitar, yet only once in a millennium does one come along that was born to do so. That would be young Josh Woods. His long fingers on his large strong hands seem to know exactly where to go on the fret board.  And, the rhythm of his accompanying “thumb” is flawless – and, will have you up out of your seat dancing as he plays.

Shohei Toyoda – came to finger style guitar from a different direction – he is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he developed a love of finger style guitar from virtuoso guitarist, Guy VanDuser – who arranged Stars & Strips for the late great Chet Atkins.  Since graduation, Shohei has traveled the world over to learn from the Masters of Guitar. He has sat at their feet to internalize their ’soulful’ music. He brings to the world a form of fingerpicking unique and energetic.

Rejyna Live - Photo by Molly Winters

Rejyna – is a composer, guitarist, vocalist, performer and studio artist who has worked in all types of bands and musical genres. A great bulk of her work can be heard on the releases of the rock band Citadel, who has been releasing their own indie music for the last three decades.”

McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St.

Tickets cost $15, or $20 the day of the show

Call 614-431-0329 or visit

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Live Music at Espresso Yourself Music Cafe…hours before doors close…

Posted in acoustic, band, Citadel, citadelband, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Digitech Jamman Solo, folk, folk rock, folkprog, harmonizer, indie, looper, lyrics, music, prog, progfolk, solo, song, Whitman with tags , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by Citadel

HAPPY HANDS: Live at Espresso Yourself Music Cafe

Espresso Yourself Music Cafe in Powell, Ohio closed their doors for good on Sunday 09-11-11.  To many central Ohio musicians, this church-turned-concert venue was a sanctuary; a place they called home for open mics, the songwriters group, tribute nights, regional artist concerts and weekend music and art focused activities. 

Christopher Gatsby

Christopher Gatsby: Espresso Yourself Benefit Show

On the final day, music from Christopher Gatsby, Jim Volk and yours truly, saturated the sonically fine-tuned hall.  A medium-sized audience had gathered to hear the final strums of acoustic guitar and melodic human voice that reverberated through the opened floor-to-ceiling windows and spilled out the front door onto the street arts festival.   The sunshine and warm temperatures beat back a few moments of cloud cover and sprinkles.  The folks inside ate wonderful food, drank exquisite beverages and soaked in the music while basking in the rainbow colors of light dancing through the stained glass.

Jim Volk

Jim Volk: Espresso Yourself Benefit Show (Photo by Dannette Hizer)

There were countless similar musical events for several weeks prior to the closing date, numerous veteran EYMC performers just had to play the Cafe one more time.  Everyone had a story to tell of how important the environment created by Eric and his family was to their lives.  Players discovering or re-discovering their love for performing, listeners discovering a haven for real, diverse and passionate music, writers honing their craft in front of a family-like group of patrons.

All circumstances considered, the closing of EYMC is tragic, yet the ideology, which gained foundation amongst the owners, artists, musicians and patrons of Espresso Yourself, will carry on.  While other pressing matters are taken care of and until a new home is found for the Ahlteen Family to present talent, the hundreds of minstrels who found their song-heart at the cafe will infiltrate the countryside and city streets.  Without prejudice; they will ignite the coffeehouses, art galleries, street fairs, taverns, halls, backyards, basements, living rooms, festivals and campgrounds with that which heals invisibly – music.


Rejyna: Espresso Yourself Benefit Show

We all finished our sets, loaded our gear into our cars and parted ways until the next chance we might have to play together.  I still had half of my large coffee with a double-shot of espresso to finish.  I wanted to hang around a bit, maybe carry out a piece of wood or furniture, symbolically taking part in the dismantling.  Mostly I just watched the others wrap things, deconstruct things, load the trailers.  I cried a couple more tears, finished the last coffee I would ever have from here and ironically as I drove away, the sun lost to the grey clouds and the rain pounded the little town of Powell as I drove away.  

Espresso Yourself Music Cafe
I urge you to keep your eye on the website to stay current on developments with Eric, Ben and Chelsea Ahlteen.  I’d also advise you to visit their Facebook page at and support their upcoming endeavors.

You can also check out Christopher Gatsby at
You can check out Jim Volk at I’ve posted a few videos from my set into this post, more will be on my YouTube channel as they are archived ( and you can also find me here:

DREAMWORLD: Live at Espresso Yourself Music Cafe

All music is copyright their respective owners and all rights are reserved. 
Rejyna’s music is c. Citadel of Cynosure Productions (BMI) –