Soringhart Studios was built from the ground up with the help of friends. It is a warm place for musicians and those who love music to come learn, play, and record. Geoffrey Mays teaches from Soringhart, as well as engineers and produces recordings.
Geoffrey Mays was born in Japan. He was raised in the Land of the Rising Sun, and has lived abroad in Okinawa, Mexico, Hawaii, France, and in various locations throughout North America. He currently resides in Eugene, Oregon. Geoff sees himself as a citizen of the world, and such a view has brought about great appreciation and understanding of what it means to be human. He has a passion for world peace, unity, and harmony with the nature around us. This message is conveyed vividly through his music, which he uses as a tool to speak directly to our hearts and our beings, with love from his.
Geoff has been playing and composing music for over 30 years, 20 of which have been spent teaching. He got his start in music rather late (in college) but soon took to it. In 1978, he was coaxed onto his first stage in Poitiers, France. Since that time, Geoff has had a enduring and inspired connection with his guitars, forming many and varied musical groups that span many years and many countries (which include Switzerland, Germany, France, Australia, and the United States).
In 1993, he made the commitment to being a full-time musician. Geoff engaged in an 18-month apprenticeship with Don Latarski. The group played gigs at The Oregon Electric Station every weekend, completed three Eugene Celebration performances as a group, as well as many other festivals in the area.
Geoffrey’s current projects include GEO4, a 4-piece instrumental group playing jazz from the earthy edge of space; Ronin – a duo playing samurai blues and chindonya jazz; Douce Ambiance, a jazz guitar duo; and solo works painting sonic soundscapes.