Guitarist Henry Kaiser is a prolific member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, as well as being a globally recognized leader of the “second generation” free improvisers who came of age in the ’70s. His earliest musical inspiration came from the spiky sounds of English improvising guitarist Derek Bailey and the many guitarists in Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band; later on Kaiser absorbed the subtle string textures of the American blues stylists and traditional music of Asia, particularly India, Korea, and Vietnam. His initial recordings documented solo projects and spontaneous groupings with other energetic improvisers like Fred Frith, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, pianist Greg Goodman, and vocalist Diamanda Galas. Kaiser’s restless creativity unearthed many new and unconventional electric guitar techniques during these years, and he combined these innovations with a strong sense of logic and concise development, often aided by sophisticated sound-processing devices.
Lions and Fireflies by Henry Kaiser and Michael Rothenberg, Ramble Records, 2022 on #neuguitars #blog #HenryKaiser
Recorded live in the studio 9/22/33 by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Oakland. All tracks published by Fractal Music BMI.
released August 29, 2022
All words by Michael Rothenberg.
Cover paintings, photography an art direction by Brandy Gale.