Henry Kaiser - Garden of Memory (2015)

Henry Kaiser - Garden of Memory (2015)
Artist: Henry Kaiser
Title Of Album: Garden of Memory
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Fractal Music
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde, Free Improvisation, Guitar, Jazz Rock
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Time: 5:54:44
Full Size: 837 mb / 1.54 gb

Here, with a gesture of Braxtonian excess, is a 5-CD set containing 6 long-form guitar solos. These improvisations were all recorded live and in one take at the annual GARDEN OF MEMORY event on the Summer Solstice of 2014 in Oakland, California. I ve frequently participated in this annual event since 1996. In 2014, I performed in collaboration with my partner, the Canadian painter Brandy Gale. As I played, she created live synaesthetic paintings in reaction to the sounds from my guitar, and the surrounding environment. Probably more than 1000 listeners drifted in and out of our live performance that day. Just as when I play live, my aim with these CDs is to present to the audience with something, in the spirit of fun, that is entertaining, and asks more questions than it provides answers. As the cover photo of me under the frozen ceiling of the Ross Sea is meant to indicate: Since 2001 this mode of solo guitar playing is always about my experiences working for many years as a scientific diver in Antarctica. Color, mood, rhythms, timing, development, space, textures... it s also my day-to-day working life under the ice as a research diver, translated into music. I ve played in this particular square wave modulation of long delay times mode since I discovered the technique/method back in 1981 or so. It s a both a way of sounding like more than one guitar, and a method of unpredictably interacting with myself in several different time frames. My favorite solo recordings of mine in the past that fall within this style are Everything Forever, It s a Wonderful Life, Platelet Ice, A Little Stroke of Light, Requiem for Fred Lieberman, A Precise Kind of Infinity, and A Sliver of Clarity Nestled. When I perform in this manner, I just try to get out of the way of the music. I have no idea what s going to happen or what the music is going to be like. There is no plan and nothing is pre-conceived. At this particular concert I ended up with four long solos that seemed to be variations on similar sets of ideas; like the proverbial blind men s differing perceptions of the elephant, they are just expressions of something that is bigger, and outside of, my conscious ways of thinking and perception. This box also contains the bonus cd: A LITTLE STROKE OF LIGHT, which was recorded in 2010 and released back then as a limited edition CD-R. It seemed to fit in with the rest of this material; perhaps as a distant memory of another blind man s view of a giant squid. When I listen to these solos I do recognize points of reference, where I learned concepts and feelings that might be behind the curtain of the music. Some of those things here would be: 1) The solo organ improvisations of Terry Riley. 2) The superhuman, solo, soprano sax improvisations of Evan Parker. 3) The acoustic guitar playing of Robbie Basho. 4) Malagasy tromba trance music played on the marovany. 5) The right hand blues-picking techniques of Albert Collins and Hubert Sumlin. 6) The attitudes of Ligeti and Xenakis towards stochastically sprayed-out clouds of notes. 7) Developmental aspects of the longer form ensemble pieces of Morton Feldman. 8) Conlon Nancarrow s ideas about density and tempo relations between multiple voices. 9) Developmental/narrative/pacing ideas from the gushes of Persian classical music. 10) Playing techniques and programmatic ideas from Chinese gu-qin music.


Disc: 1
1 Garden Of Memory I 77:06

Disc: 2
2 Garden Of Memory II 69:58

Disc: 3
3 Garden Of Memory iii 64:48

Disc: 4
4 Garden Of Memory IV 64:54

Disc: 5 - Bonus Disc
1 A Little Stroke Of Light 69:54
2 No Trouble With The Tromba 7:55

Henry Kaiser - Garden of Memory (2015)
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