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.
Kawol Samarqandi is a composer and improviser of guitar from seaside Japan. His compositions are delicate fragments of incredible beauty and introspection.
songs and hymns 1 by Kawol Samarqandi, Ramble Records, 2021 on #neuguitars #blog
Japanese free improvising guitarist Kawol Samarqandi gently picks his way through a selection of standards and spirituals on Songs and Hymns. Each note and space meticulously chosen and executed with great delicacy to create a canvas that speaks volumes with so few strokes.
These tender interpretations are instantly recognisable yet each track is stamped with Kawol’s gentle introspection. While similarities to Derek Bailey and Loren Mazzacane Connors can be drawn, Kawol’s mellifluous tone and phrasing belong to him.
released June 18, 2021
A=432Hz tuned Larrivée OM-01
“Laperto” acoustic guitar and voice : kawol samarqandi
1bit recording, converting and editing by kawol
at 432kitchen, seaside
– on December 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020