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.
Drifting by Aaron Larget-Caplan, Bandcamp, 2021 on #neuguitars #blog
DRIFTING, Volume 3 of the New Lullaby Project
Aaron Larget-Caplan, Guitar
The requirements were simple: a beautiful 3-5minute guitar solo in the genre of a lullaby… a malleable definition. So simple and yet after 65 premieres by over 55 composers in nine countries, no two lullabies sound the same.
The New Lullaby Project began in 2007, and the 15 guitar solos featured on this album were written between 2010 and 2020. In the debut album New Lullaby (2010) the compositions can be divided into warm and safe versus dark and foreboding. Nights Transfigured (2020) highlights a wealth of compositional languages and extended techniques, while the lullabies are tinged with melancholy.
In Drifting, some plead to or reflect humanity, while others testify to a memory and affirmation of a time passed by. There are lullabies born from an improvisation (Rivchun), patience and hope in love (Turner), a nod to Francisco Tarrega (Pence) and sleeping beauty (Drozd). One was written while I gave a lecture (McDonald), and others inspired by a nodding head (Green) and a dancing baby (Veloso). Some tell us to let the day be (Scharf), others acknowledge the troubles that await outside of our dream world (Schreiner), and then we hear a prayer and plea (Odriozola/Warren) and touches of love and friendship (Trester/Wiese). All the time a gorgeous 12-tone lullaby (Mashak) sits quietly to be discovered. The compositional language leans tonal and the tuning remains mostly standard, but don’t worry, harmonics still abound.
releases June 4, 2021
Produced, Edited and Engineered by Aaron Larget-Caplan.
Mixed and Mastered by Steve Hunt at The Kitchen, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA.
Recorded 20-23 November 2020 at L’atelier d’artiste Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Publishers: Centerlinemusic Publishing (1); Composers (2,5,6,7,9,11,12,14,15); Frank E. Warren Music Service (3); Norwegian National Library (4); Pantograph Publishing (8); American Composers Alliance (10,13).
Guitar: Olivier Fanton D’Andon, 2009. Strings: Hannabach.
© 2021 ALC Music Publishing.
(p) 2021 ALC Music Publishing licence to Stone Records Ltd.
www.alcguitar.com • www.newlullabyproject.com