Janet Feder plays ThisClose, Bandcamp, 2015 on #neuguitars #blog

Dear friends

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.

Andrea Aguzzi

A native of Boulder, Colorado Janet Feder is most widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar. She has been featured on numerous recordings, radio programs, and film scores. Check her out on NPR: www.npr.org/2012/07/22/157169369/janet-feder-an-avant-garde-artist-takes-a-real-risk


Janet Feder plays ThisClose, Bandcamp, 2015 on #neuguitars #blog


A genius guitar player with a lyrical heart, an instrumentalist with a compelling voice and a truly original offering, Janet Feder makes the seemingly disparate naturally coexist as she journeys ever more deeply into an aesthetic ideal all her own. Along with a number of close friends, all unique placeholders and pillars of The Denver Sound, Janet expands her musical lexicon while defining an otherwise elusive paradigm. This language is derived from the achievements of folk, jazz, pop, minimalism, classical, and the avant garde – and is simultaneously unmoored from the trappings of any of them.

She cut her baby teeth on folk and rock guitar then polished them with a passion for classical playing. In the early 1990’s Janet broke bad and began preparing her instruments; it’s on the baritone guitar where she most clearly recognized the sound of her own voice. After four critically acclaimed albums she now arrives fully and exquisitely realized in her most seminal work to date: T H I S C L O S E.

Invested in both timeless melody and relentless innovation, she opens T H I S C L O S E with Crows, on which her leaf-in-the-breeze voice is manipulated by analog tape and tubes to drive home hard-earned truths that match her music with often chilling accuracy. Here her prepared baritone electric is supported by Marc…  more


released May 15, 2015

JF / baritone guitars, electric guitar, banjo, voice, plucked piano, prepared hammer dulcimer, sounds
Todd Bilsborough / percussion
Kal Cahoone / backing vocal, accordion
Marc Dalio / percussion
Elaine DiFalco / accordion
Mike Fitzmaurice / double bass, bass harmonica
Paul Fowler / piano (inside & out), voice
Mark Harris / bass clarinet
Amy Shelley / percussion
Joe Shepard / studio door
Mike Yach / electric guitar, bass, cymbaled spring

Recording / Mixing: Mike Yach
Produced by: Joe Shepard with Mike Yach and JF
Stereo Mastering: Dominick Maita / Airshow mastering
Surround Mastering / Authoring: Gus Skinas