Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
Nueva Guitarra by Harvey Valdes & Álvaro Domene, BandCamp, 2020 on #neuguitars #blog
“I heard of Álvaro Domene sometime in 2015. I loved his intense, surprising, in-your-face sound and the depth of his musicality. I knew I had to get together with this dude and do some playing!
A session soon happened, and we instantly hit it off with our love of both heavy music and free improv. Over the years, we played a few more sessions and would make an effort to catch each other’s shows. Then, Álvaro invited me to play solo for his Singularity series in Kingston (New York). We’d always find ourselves saying, “Man, we gotta record something one day!” Fast forward to January 16, 2020 when our schedules finally aligned.
Álvaro initiated our creative collaboration by sharing a few of his compositions of two measure cells. They were contrapuntal, atonal, and really interesting. I was excited to dig in, to say the least!
I have been getting into photography for a couple of years, and I thought some of my photos would be fun to use as graphic scores. I shoot abstract, environmental images and the impulse to capture them is similar to improvisation in music – like excavating and capturing an intangible idea.
So, with Álvaro’s compositions, my photos, and some free playing, we have a record: duo, two headless guitars, two loud… more
releases June 5, 2020
Harvey Valdes (RIGHT): 6 string Teuffel Tesla guitar and electronics.
Álvaro Domene (LEFT): 7 string Strandberg Boden guitar and electronics.
All music composed by Harvey Valdes and Álvaro Domene.
Recorded by Dane Johnson at Singularity Studio, Kingston (New York) on 16 January 2020.
Mixed and Mastered by Dane Johnson.
Published by Dometone Music BMI and Harvey Valdes Music BMI.
Photograph and layout by Harvey Valdes.