* MUSIC FOR GUITAR *
I've been playing guitar since the age of 14. As a teenager in Mississippi, I grew up playing rock/pop, blues, jazz, and free improvisation. I studied for several years with Mississippi master fiddler and guitarist, Tim Avalon. After leaving the guitar for several years, I returned to it in 2004 with an instinctually new approach. Since then, I have focused on playing in various open tunings and with a motoric two-finger (👌) plucking style, often with a third finger (🖕) percussing the wood of the guitar. My first recording in this style is Twilights (2018). Through Cantraps (2020) and Breath of Elijah (2020), most notably, I have continued working in this particular style. I generally play a Spanish nylon-stringed guitar made by the Esteve family.
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BREATH OF ELIJAH (2020)
These wordless voice and guitar prayerscapes were made in Greensboro, North Carolina over the last year or so. Each track is based on a voice/guitar improvisation. On the guitar, I work in various tunings with a two-finger style I’ve been developing for several years—trance-based, repetition, fretboard geometries, repetition, inspired techniques. I’ve been drawn increasingly towards abstraction, and with the voice I’ve been seeking the tone of the heart of the voice—unabashed, gentle, deep, unrefined, intimate, speechless, humming, melisma. On top of these recordings, I then painted more wordless vocal harmonies, with an occasional electric Epiphone guitar, as well as shakers, hand claps, lap slaps, hand rubbing, and mouth percussion. And this is what a cantrap is.
Greensboro, NC • 2020