Loud and proud: Brosh stretches out on her Ibanez 7-string. Photo by Renee Jahnke

Blending core voices from her bevy of Ibanez axes and a nylon-string guitar with influences culled from EDM, ethnic music, and djent, this rock instrumentalist reaches a colorful new frontier.

Since graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music a decade ago, Nili Brosh has emerged as one of the planet’s preeminent progressive rock guitarists. During this time she released two fiery solo albums, worked with shred heroes Tony MacAlpine and her brother Ethan Brosh, toured with Jennifer Batten and Gretchen Menn, and performed in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: ONE. Based on her recordings and band history, some might assume Brosh would continue to pursue the face-melting fretwork that brought her international acclaim.

But while working on Spectrum, her third and latest solo album, Brosh found herself with a collection of song ideas that were clearly inspired by genres she hadn’t explored before. “I didn’t really know where this was coming from,” she recalls. “I liked that it was happening, and I was happy with the music, but I just felt like, ‘Well, all this doesn’t really belong on one record, so I don’t know what I’m going to do.’”

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