A double CD, two sound spaces that mirror each other. Mirrored Spaces by Daniel Lippel, New Focus Recordings, 2019 on #neuguitars #blog

https://newfocusrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/daniel-lippel-mirrored-spaces I thought I was a decent record collector. I thought I have a good discoteque by now, especially as regards contemporary guitar music, but this record made me immediately review my positions. Do you know how many double cds I have of contemporary classical guitar? Nobody. And believe me, I have a lot of…

Cosmic journeys, solar winds, transcendent guitars and memories of John Coltrane. Solar Winds, Raoul Björkenheim’s new album on Long Song Records, 2020 on #neuguitars #blog

https://longsongrecords.bandcamp.com/album/solar-winds http://raoulbjorkenheim.com/ http://www.longsongrecords.com/ Life, like music, is a curious thing. Have a meeting, you forget it. After a few years you see that person again and you don’t remember. Coincidences. Randomness. But when the paths cross for a third, fourth, fifth time …. chance has nothing to do with it, either it was premeditated or…

The new possibilities of Second Earth, by Jim McAuley and Scot Ray, Long Song Records, 2019 on #neuguitars #blog

https://scotray.bandcamp.com/album/second-earth https://longsongrecords.bandcamp.com/album/second-earth Some time ago I wrote a post dedicated to the world of Jim McAuley. In that post I wrote how Jim McAuley belonged to that curious category of musicians who do not just move within the known coordinates of their instrument. All true. I have been following this musician for years and every…

Ambient 4: Isolationism. Dark guitars, anguish and frost in a still alive music genre on #neuguitars #blog

In January 1995 the English music critic Simon Reynolds published on ArtForum an article entitled “ISOLATIONISM, genre survey/thinkpiece”. http://reynoldsretro.blogspot.com/2007/11/isolationism-genre-surveythinkpiece.html In this article Reynolds investigated a new musical sub-genre coined by the critic Kevin Martin, defined as Isolationism. With this term they tried to give a connotation to a vast network of refugees, disenchanted by rock…

Japanese Guitar Music 4 (Toru Takemitsu, Ichiro Nodaira, Tami Nodaira) played by Shin-ichi Fukuda with Shigenori Kudo, Naxos 2018 on #neuguitars #blog

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.573911 The classical guitar was an ideal medium for Takemitsu, combining subtleties of sonority with a wide range of timbres. Within a short time, he was acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s most formidable masters of writing for guitar. He brought to the instrument a unique sensibility and an imaginative flair for its colours…

Voice and guitars, two examples of possible contemporaneity: Beek! by Jakapi-Praestholm-Soo and Sul Filo by Iva Bittova and Paolo Angeli on #neuguitars #blog

https://jakapi-praestholm-soo.bandcamp.com/releases https://angelimanucheproductions.bandcamp.com/album/sul-filo What happens when the voice is not used as a voice and the guitar is not used as a guitar? In a nutshell what happens when voice and guitar are not used idiomatically? It happens that we enter unknown and exciting territories where the combinations and possibilities can be infinite with the the…

Simona Armenise’s electric guitar on #neuguitars #blog

http://newmodellabel.com/simona-armenise-feat-ares-tavolazzi-lotus-sedimentations/ https://simonaarmenise.bandcamp.com/releases I have to make amends. I receive many messages and emails from guitarists and record labels who offer me their music, often and willingly with a link on Spotify (which I don’t use) or on Bandcamp or on Soundcloud. Often and willingly these are interesting projects but it’is almost impossible for me to…

Peter Söderberg’s musical adventure on #neuguitars #blog

Peter Söderberg has always been an adventurous musician. As a lutist he recorded both Renaissance and Baroque music, but he also appeared on several contemporary music records. He also played in some jazz bands and also as a guitarist he played a lot of contemporary repertoire. I have two of his CDs in my archive…

The artistic parable of Stian Westerhus on #neuguitars #blog

“Today, however, the new shining star of the guitar is the audacious and fearless Stian Westerhus (born in 1979), winner with the Puma trio of JazzIntro in 2006. In the short span of a few years his artistic growth was inexorable. After the intriguing project with the Indian singer Swati Natekar, commissioned by BBC radio,…

The cassettes’ return: Shimmering Behavior of IN/ELEKTRA, Industrial Coast, 2019 on #neuguitars #blog #girlspower

https://www.inelektramusic.com https://industrialcoast.bigcartel.com/product/in-elektra-shimmering-behaviour https://inelektra.bandcamp.com/releases Play.Stop. Fast-forward. Pause. Rewind. Forgotten gestures. I haven’t bought a cassete in over thirty years. And to listen to it I had to resurrect my dear old vintage Sony Walkman, yes, the Victorian forerunner of the ipods, a technology made in the ’80s that by now might sound nice to steampunk lovers….

Three Free Radicals: avangarde ambient music, Scott L. Miller & Mart Soo on #neuguitars #blog

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1zuab9OQ7LvbCmsUPtE97T http://www.scottlmiller.net/index.php/bio/ https://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mart_Soo Apparently free radicals are not quiet entities. In chemistry, a free radical is defined as a very reactive molecular entity with a very short average life, consisting of an atom or a molecule formed by several atoms, which presents an unpaired electron: this electron makes the radical extremely reactive, able to bind…