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.
A great collection of Tim Berne compositions rendered with exquisite clarity on solo guitar.
Koi: Performing the music of Tim Berne by Gregg Belisle-Chi, Screwgun Records, 2021 on #neuguitars #blog
From Gregg Belisle-chi: “KOI is very near and dear to me. Tim Berne has long been a hero of mine and, upon moving to New York, was one of my bucket list collaborators. I’m elated to be releasing this record of his music, produced by him and David Torn (who also mixed and mastered it beautifully.)
This record is a brand new endeavor for me: a collection of solo acoustic guitar renditions of his masterful compositions. I remember hearing “forage,” Matt Mitchell’s breathtaking solo piano record of Tim’s music, in 2017 and thinking to myself “Goddam, wouldn’t it be amazing if a guitar player did this too?” I didn’t expect that guitarist to be me, but with Tim’s blessing and guidance, we were able to make it happen…and I think it turned out extremely well.
All in all, this record is a dream come true: collaborating with Tim, having a recording enhanced by David Torn, album art designed by the one and only Steve Byram.”
released June 13, 2021
Gregg Belisle-chi Acoustic Guitar
Recorded at Westwing Studios, Kingston NY, December 2020
Mixed and mastered by David Torn
Produced by Tim Berne and David Torn
Art & designs / Steve Byram, Photography by Tim Berne
Executive – Kevin Reilly