12 marzo 2011

Henry Kaiser alle prese con le eccezionali chitarre ideate e create da Allan Beardsell, fine artigiano liutaio di Winnipeg: un paio di filmati dimostrativi sono su YouTube, e una raccolta di sue esecuzioni con alcuni di quegli esemplari è ora in un cd - Solo Acoustic On Beardsell Guitars: February 2011 - disponibile, in tiratura limitata, presso Downtown Music Gallery. Così lo presenta Bruce Lee Gallanter: "The entire 62+ minute disc was performed on solo acoustic guitars live in the studio with no overdubs but some live processing on two tracks. Wow! This is superbly recorded so that it sounds as if Henry is right in front of us playing directing to us, his audience. Each piece here sounds like a short story or the setting of a scene in movie. Henry draws from a wealth of influences and genres - free, folk, blues, jazz, world, always balancing a variety of extremes - in & out, melodic and quietly atonal, delicate & bold, subtle & intense. There are a couple of pieces where he seems to be tapping on the sympathetic strings of the custom guitar and it sounds like thunder in the distance. I kept looking out my window to see if it was real or not. Henry also adds some live processing on a couple of tracks, which create an enchanting psychedelic shimmer".