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Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume Four (Orbit577)

The fourth of a five volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Janet Feder, Martin Vishnick, Ikbal Lubys, Edward J. Gibbs, Joshua Weitzel, Guram Machavari, Eric Wong, Garth Erasmus, and Bill Horist.
 

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Janet Feder-acoustic baritone prepared guitar

Martin Vishnick-classical guitar, pedal

Ikbal Lubys-classical prepared guitar

E. Jason Gibbs-acoustic guitar

Joshua Weitzel-acoustic guitar, vibration sources

Guram Machavariani-Electric guitar, electronics

Eric Wong-acoustic guitar

Garth Erasmus-Zahn guitar, metafugue process

Bill Horist-prepared guitar


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UPC: 755491187104

Label: Orbit577
Catalog ID: CD-ORB5-OR5014
Squidco Product Code: 29946

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Track 1 recorded on July 31st, 2020, by Joe Shepard.

Track 2 recorded on July 6th, 2020, by Martin Vishnick on July 6, 2020.

Track 3 recorded on July 14th, 2020, by Ikbal Lubys.

Track 4 recorded on July 5th, 2020, by Edward J. Gibbs.

Track 5 recorded on July 9th, 2020, by Joshua Weitzel.

Track 6 recorded on July 1st, 2020, by Guram Machavariani.

Track 7 recorded on August 8th, 2020, by Eric Wong.

Track 8 recorded on August 9th, 2020, by Garth Erasmus.

Track 9 recorded on September 1st, 2020, by Bill Horist

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Walk My Way, a five-volume compilation album, is a fervently collective project in a time of individuation, testament to both the incredible musical range of the guitar, as well as the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world. The pandemic upended the way that musicians create and perform, turning a previously collective artistic practice into an unavoidably solitary one as artists were forced into their homes for lockdowns. This compilation is born directly from the conditions of our current historical moment, emphasizing music's potential for connectivity, arranged through remote recordings, without a prescribed structure, and capturing their most current work.

The project was defined by collectivity and connectivity, bringing together artists from different backgrounds, taking advantage of a remote gathering that may not have been possible without these circumstances. The series features 49 guitar players, with 32 different nationalities, from 6 continents, and representing every musical background, offering an impressive display of the guitar's possibilities and the artists' deeply imaginative instincts. They represent diverse regional styles and creative preferences, playing both traditional compositions and hugely experimental work. Tracks feature careening guitar solos and classically structured bridges, on harmonious major chord structures and textural, discordant riffs, exploring the full possibility of the guitar's range.

Focusing the series around a single instrument was a natural way to bring together guitarists, tying together diverse sounds with a thematically uniform concept, bridging geographical and musical distances. Produced by 577 Records, the five-volume compilation series will be available online and in a limited-edition CD, bringing the guitar home. Nick Vander, the lead organizer for the project, dedicates the album to "the people lost in this crisis" as well as "the people, aware of global injustice, imagining new futures and working for a better world." "-577 Records


Artist Biographies

"Janet Feder is a Denver, Colorado–based composer and guitarist. She is a classically trained guitar player best known for her work in the prepared guitar genre. In addition, Janet Feder is: a lecturer at the University of Colorado; co-curator of MediaLive, an annual festival in Boulder, Colorado; and an Artistic Associate of Square Product Theatre.

Solo projects include T H I S C L O S E (2015), Songs with Words (2012), Ironic Universe, a CD & DVD featuring Fred Frith (AdHoc Records/USA 2006), and Speak Puppet (Recommended Records/UK 2001), as well as compilations for Zerx Records (Albuquerque, NM; 1999-07) and the compilation The $100 Guitar Project (Bridge Records, 2012). She also appears on Jane Rigler's Rarefactions (Neuma 2015) and Honey Barbara's Wave Grass (2015), in addition to 156 Strings produced by Henry Kaiser for Cuneiform Records (USA, 2002) and I Never Meta Guitar produced by Elliott Sharp for Clean Feed Records (Portugal, 2010), both featuring guitar players from around the globe.

In conjunction with Paul Fowler, Feder composed the film score Leavings (2014), plus the score and sound design for the Square Product Theatre adaptation of Selah Saterstrom's novel SLAB.

Feder was one of several contributors to Paul Riola's Bottesini Project, where her work was featured alongside Nels Cline, Keenan Wayne, CacheFlowe, Glenn Taylor, and Mark Harris on the 2009 album Naima's Grass Pajamas. The album began as "collective improvisations recorded live in the studio" which "were then later reconstructed."

T H I S C L O S E (2015) and Songs With Words (2012) were both recorded live at Immersive Studios in Boulder, Colorado in DSD Pure on Gus Skinas' 32 channel Sonoma System and are currently available on both vinyl and SACD. There are no digital effects on either Songs With Words or T H I S C L O S E. A reviewer noted that Songs With Words "explores the outer reaches of sonic possibility yet never loses the thread of melody and beauty." while T H I S C L O S E has been described as "Feder's most fully realised album...Unique and highly moving music"

Previously the Chair of the Music Department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, Feder has performed or collaborated with Fred Frith, Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser, Bill Frisell, Elliott Sharp, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Amy Denio, Chris Cutler, Mike Johnson/Thinking Plague, Susie Asado, Nikmat Hatraktor, Paolo Angeli, Wu Fei, Thomas Dimuzzio, Tatsuya Nakatani, Erin McKeown, Jane Rigler, Shoko Nagai, Satoshi Takeishi, James Sidlo, Pauline Oliveros and poet Anne Waldman.

Feder's solo work was featured in a June 2012 Tiny Desk Concert on NPR. Feder is also currently half of Denver-based duo Cowhause with Colin Bricker."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Feder)
4/10/2024

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"Dr Martin Vishnick - guitarist, composer, teacher, and researcher. As performer concert tours have taken Martin all over the globe. Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room debuts were back in 1981. Commissions include music for the theatre and concert hall. First published work was Four Pieces for Solo Violin Edwin Ashdown (1977). Martin also teaches guitar and composition, former appointments include LCM and St. Albans School. He holds an MSc in composition at University of Hertfordshire 1998, and a research PhD from City University 2015. Martin is now propagating post-doctoral research, testing theories and principles expounded in his PhD Dissertation. Address: London, London, City of, United Kingdom"

-Acadenua.edu (http://city.academia.edu/MartinVishnick)
4/10/2024

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"Ikbal Lubys is an Artist, Musician, Guitar Explorer, Builder, Improvisator, and Sound Artist. He was born in from Malang, East Java and based in Yogyakarta. He formally trained western classical music and classical guitar at Indonesian Institute of Art Yogyakarta. His work currently evolves transforming social issues, images and three dimensional forms in to sound in various presentation formats and collaboration with interdisciplinary artists arround the world including performing art, visual art, dance, and film. Among them Meg Stuart, Melati Suryodarmo, Jompet Kuswidananto, Daniel Kotter, Ignaz Schick, Arco Renz, The Kazimier, Lurie Crombie, Rully Shabara, Wukir Suryadi, etc. He involved in programming and mentoring in some residencies, conference, and art communities. He has been participated in several exhibition and Festival such Sidney Bienalle, Jeonbuk Museum of Art Korea, Brussel Europalia Festival, Bluedot Festival UK, Fon Festival UK, etc. In 2017 he awarded for Comission work of AND festival Manchester UK. He is also Co-founder of Ethnictro, one of the Yogyakarta based creative spaces for sound and music founded in 2008 as an independent institution which focuses on art education, music teaching & learning, and open expressions."

-Ikbal Lubys Website (http://ikballubys.com/about/)
4/10/2024

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E. Jason Gibbs is a guitar player and improviser, based in Portland, Maine, United States.

-Squidco 4/10/2024

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"Joshua Weitzel is a musician, curator and researcher born in 1989.

As an improviser, composer and performer he is mostly active in the field of experimental music, jazz and the grey areas in-between. His instruments of choice are guitar (acoustic and electric) and shamisen, which he plays both employing traditional and extended/invented playing techniques such as using circular breathing on stringed instruments, preparations and scordatura. His music is primarily concerned with spaces, contrast, harmony, timbre and interaction between players.

Aside from his own music practice he curates concerts, performances and exhibitions in Kassel. He was the artistic director interim of the art space Galerie Feiertag from 2019-2020 and the artistic director of the concert series Chamäleon Experimente (2018), Chamäleon Clash (2019) and Chamäleon Verbindungen (2020/21). In 2020, the concert series is awarded the culture prize of Kassel (Kulturförderpreis Stadt Kassel).

He further coordinates online-releases and concerts under the umbrella Kassel Experimental Music Productions. He also works as a gallery educator and art mediator (among others dOCUMENTA (13), 11. Berlin Biennale new talents biennale Cologne, and KW Institute Berlin).

His research interests are located at the intersection of musicology, art history, and education.

He holds a Master's degree with distinction from King's College London and a Bachelor's degree from Göttingen University. Currently, he is working on a PhD in music at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, where he writes about sound in the context of the history of documenta exhibitions. Since May 2020 he is artistic-scientific asscociate for sound art and sound research at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz in the group Art - Sound - Research led by Prof. Peter Kiefer. "

-Joshua Weitzel Website (https://joshuaweitzel.jimdofree.com/bio/)
4/10/2024

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"Eric Wong - Born 1981 in Minneapolis, MN, grew up in Hong Kong, studied Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is a guitarist, computer musician, and improviser. Although he has taken some lessons at younger age, he is pretty much an autodidact. He focuses on sound textures and perception of sound.

Currently based Berlin, he has performed in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Macau, USA, Taiwan, China, Poland, Switzerland, and Czech Republic. Projects he has been involved include D.N.A.N.D.N.A. with Simon Rose, they played in MIRROR MIRROR FESTIVAL (Berlin, 2016), icra with Mira Falk, Se Noh Te with Eunice Martins, rock duo Meta Fog with Sascia Pellegrini patchworking pop culture montage, played in FREE SPACE FESTIVAL OF WEST KOWLOON (Hong Kong, 2013), and APOCALYPSE POSTPONED of Art Basel Hong Kong (2014), musical collective Stoic Strangers with Wilson Tsang plus other Hong Kong based musicians, played in KEEP THE SILENCE FESTIVAL (Hong Kong, 2013), Berlin Soundpainting Orchestra, as well as working with many other artists across the globe. In 2015 he played duo with Wilmer Chan in JOLT FESTIVAL (Hong Kong), which originated in Australia, and later become a festival across different countries.

In 2016 he co-curated and performed in UNSTUMM HONG KONG, a cross media improvisation performance with musicians and visual artists from Germany and Hong Kong."

-Eric Wong Website (http://ericszehonwong.tumblr.com/about)
4/10/2024

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"Garth Erasmus: b. 1956, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Lives in Brackenfell, Cape Town.

Visual artist and musician best known for his innovative use of materials, Garth Erasmus has extensive experience as a facilitator and teacher. Garth Erasmus unsettles the hegemonic, exclusionary constructions of African and coloured identity through introspective explorations of his decolonial identity, frequently presented on an intimate scale."

-Africa South Art Initiative (https://asai.co.za/artist/garth-erasmus/)
4/10/2024

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Bill Horist: "Since relocating to Seattle in 1995, Bill Horist has established himself as a noted improviser along the West Coast and beyond. He has performed over 500 concerts in the past 8 years in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Bill has performed and/or recorded with Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, K.K. Null, Chris Cutler, Eugene Chadbourne, Climax Golden Twins,Illusion Of Safety, Amy Denio, Steve Fisk, Eyvind Kang, Lesli Dalaba, Thomas Dimuzio, Mason Jones, and Jeff Greinke among others."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/222601-Bill-Horist)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Janet Feder (USA) - Distance to Home 03:34

2. Martin Vishnick(UK) - Sonic Memoire 07:46

3. Ikbal Lubys (Indonesia) - Frictionto Archaic 07:10

4. Edward J. Gibbs (USA) - Lepidoptera06:17

5. Joshua Weitzel (Germany) - New Vibrations 08:07

6. Guram Machavariani (Georgia) - Ethereal 08:23

7. Eric Wong(Hong Kong/USA) - In Luture 07:11

8. Garth Erasmus (SouthAfrica) - Amplitudes 07:16

9. Bill Horist (USA) - EdiacaranStill Life, All In 07:33

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