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.
Pablo Emmanuel Graglia ( Temperley, 1981) guitarrista y compositor. Estudio guitarra eléctrica con Ignacio Valle. Es profesor superior de guitarra egresado del Conservatorio de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, alumno de Silvina Elijovich. Participa de Corleonne y Leonard Zelig, ademas de acompañar al cantante Norberto Rodriguez. Integra el ensamble Seres/Parlantes del compositor y director Jorge Sad
Pablo Emmanuel Graglia plays music composed by Jacob TV, Bandcamp, on #neuguitars #blog
Pimpin’ for E. Guitar and Boombox – Jacob TV
Composed 2007 – 2008 with support from the FPK.
Dedicated to Connie Frigo and Willem van Merwijk.
Based on original speech by pimps and prostitutes.
Believer for E. Guitar and Boombox – Jacob TV
Composed 2007 for Willem van Merwijk, revised 2008. Premiere: 25-10-2008 Theater Kikker Utrecht Holland. Based on a Christmas interview by Bill O’Reilly with President George W. Bush for Fox News in 2004. The ambient soundtrack was composed of the voices of Bush, O’Reilly and a blend of sax, cello and guitar sounds, with added distortion from an overdrive guitar amp. The baritone part is doubling the soundtrack. The live baritone should blend with the track, in a ‘bleeding’ way…
Believer is also part of a suite for rock band, called White Flag, about the 2004 war in Iraq, written for Electric Kompany.
Grabit! for E. Guitar and Boombox – Jacob TV
Originally composed for tenor sax November 1999 for Arno Bornkamp with financial suport from the FPK. After a performance by Arno at the World Sax Congress in Montreal, July 2000, Grab it! became popular and is now a repertoire piece for the tenor sax. Growing up in the sixties with blues, jazz and rock, American music had a strong impact on my work. I believe that language is one of the origins of music, which is obvious in Afro-American music. In GRAB IT! I tried to explore the ‘no-man’s-land’ between language and music. When people get emotional, the musical quality of their speech is often increasing. So I prefer to use sound bytes from people in extremely emotional situations. Crying is almost a kind of singing, for instance. Grab It! is based on voice samples from life-sentenced prisoners. The rough vitality of their verbal abuse matches the harsh sound of the tenor sax. GRAB IT! is a kind of duet, a ‘dual’ if you like, for tenor sax and speech grooves. The horn competes in unison with a perpetual range of syllables, words and sentences, which demands intense endurance from the performer. The meaning of the lyrics becomes gradually clear during the piece, as well as the hopeless situation for the prisoners. In jail suicide is not uncommon: ‘He tied one end around the pipe, and he hung himself. So he went out the back door rapped up in a green sheet with a tag on his toe….You lose everything!’ But in a way, death row is also a metaphor for life: The piece is not just sad, but can also be understood as a ‘memento vivere’. Life is worth living: Grab it!