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Curran, Buck

Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas

Curran, Buck: Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas (ESP-Disk)

American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known for the psych-folk duo Arborea with Shanti Deschaine, in his second solo album of mostly instrumental acoustic guitar work, rich, reflective and confident work that fits in a John Fahey mode, with Adele Pappalardo providing vocals on one track, and Nicolo Melocchi playing Basuri Flute on another.

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product information:

UPC: 825481502825

Label: ESP-Disk
Catalog ID: ESPDISK 5028CD
Squidco Product Code: 25308

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Via Rovelli, Bergamo, Italy, Between June 5th and August 3rd, 2017.


Buck Curran-vocals, guitars, harmonium, flute, banjo

Adele Pappalardo-vocals

Nicolo Melocchi-Basuri Flute

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track listing:

1. Song For Liam 2:36

2. Improvisation 1 1:54

3. River Unto Sea 5:38

4. Song For Shylah 3:38

5. Summer Street 4:22

6. Francesco Joaquin's Morning Haiku 1:59

7. Improvisation 2 0:38

8. The Sun Also Rises 5:06

9. Taurus 4:28

10. Compane Del Sabato Mattina 3:56

11. Dirt Floor (featuring Adele H.) 2:26

12. Sea Of Polaris 5:03

13. Bhairavi Rovelli (featuring Nicolo Melocchi) 4:55

14. Song For Liam (Alternate Version) 2:35

15. River Unto Sea (Alternate Version) 5:33

16. Sea Of Polaris (Alternate Version) 5:11

17. Crucible (27 July 2000) 4:59
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"On Buck Curran's second solo album, Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas, the emphasis switches to acoustic guitar, as compared to his first solo album, Immortal Light (ESPDISK 5014CD/LP, 2016). Side A, all solo acoustic instrumentals, seems to have fallen out of a wormhole emanating from Takoma Records in the 1970s. There's some of that on side B as well, but there are also vocals and other instruments, sometimes overdubbed, and the dedication of "Taurus" to Peter Green, guitarist extraordinaire of the original lineup of Fleetwood Mac (when they were a blues band), hinting at the breadth of Curran's influences. The introduction of other timbres and textures doesn't diminish the intimate, almost meditational mood, though. Co-released by ESP-Disk' and Curran's own Obsolete Recordings."-ESP-Disk

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Artist Biographies:

"Buck Curran (born May 23, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter-guitarist, record producer and guitar maker.

Curran formed the psych-folk duo Arborea in 2005 with partner Shanti Deschaine, with whom he recorded five albums and toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe between 2006 and 2015. Curran's music is associated with the Psychedelic Folk and Indie Folk genres, though his primary focus was on performing traditional and original Blues and Folk music in the 1990s. In 2009 he produced the benefit compilation Leaves of Life (2009), which included notable artists Devendra Benhart, Marissa Nadler, Alela Diane, etc. Curran also contributed to the renewal of interest in Robbie Basho producing two tribute albums, We Are All One in the Sun (2010) and Basket Full of Dragons (2016). In the Winter of 2011/2012 The Fretboard Journal published a feature article on Robbie Basho (Voice of the Eagle) written by Curran for Issue 24.

In July 2016 he released his first solo record, Immortal Light, a split release between ESP-Disk and Obsolete Recordings.

Curran is also an artist and painted the cover for Basket Full of Dragons. In July, 2014 his paintings were part of a special exhibition in Denmark at the Fano Free Folk Festival, during which he also presented a special discussion on his spontaneous brushstroke technique using watercolors and improvisation in art. As well, he is a notable guitar maker who worked from 2002 to 2009 for renown Maine luthier Dana Bourgeois, where he developed his own guitar model called Butterfly. his prototype for the Butterfly was included (alongside other notable luthiers from Maine: Dana Bourgeois, John Slobod, etc.) in the 'Player's Art': Guitar Exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art May 7 thru July 17, 2005. Acoustic Guitar Magazine featured one of Curran's Butterfly guitars (made in 2006) for their 'Great Acoustics' article in the March 2012 issue. His acoustic and electric guitar playing is characterized by the extensive use of low alternate tunings, slide, Ebow, reverb, manipulating string overtones and dynamics creating haunting voice-like timbres on the instrument."


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"Adele Pappalardo is an Italian singer and songwriter, who also records under the name Adele H for her experimental recording project. Adele H's voice, melodies, and rhythms are powerful and original, primordial and instinctive: blending experimental, psychedelia, and dream pop styles."

-Obsolete Recordings 8/15/2018

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"Nicolò Melocchi is a young Italian musician engaged for years in the study and dissemination of Indian music in Europe. His research focuses mainly on Indian aerial instruments such as Bansuri, Algoza, Poongi, Morchang. In his research of the purest sources of these musical currents he was welcomed as a disciple by important masters such as the legendary flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia with whom he made several tours in India and Europe, is engaged in Italy in the performance of concerts and shows that they aim to develop an artistic dialogue between East and West."

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