I have the good fortune to work with guitar players around the world—interesting, talented, diligent guitar players. Huang Cong, who resides in Fujian province in China aims to bring the music of Michael Hedges to the foreground in China. He recently won the Qin Tang Cup 2nd Annual Masaaki Kishibe Fingerstyle Competition playing “Light by Masaaki Kishibe and ”Aerial Boundaries” by Michael Hedges. Congratulations, Huang Cong!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NlMQsCs5rA “Ants” is a remarkable composition that represents a new direction for Leo Kottke. Like “Gewerbegebiet,” it is in open G tuning, but sounds in Dm. This unusual approach opens up new possibilities. A transcription of “Ants” is available at https://www.stropes.com/leo-kottke/.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpM1WYB12W4&t=6s Flattop was a villain in the early Dick Tracy comic strips. His son, Flattop, Jr., was the inspiration behind the title of this composition by Leo Kottke. This performance by Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon brings some joy to our pandemic world. A transcription of “Flattop” is available at https://www.stropes.com/leo-kottke/.
Many thanks to Graham Pearson for contributing this rare “pocket programme” from the 11th Cambridge Folk Festival to the archives. On Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, 1975, you could have seen Bert Jansch at 8:30pm and Leo Kottke at 10pm! Were you there?
A wonderful surprise yesterday — Antoine Dufour’s new video, “Triad.” Antoine has taken a solo composition, “To Run in a Dream,” which he originally recorded in 2010 on Convergences, arranged it for multiple guitars, and produced a fascinating video. It sure is welcome in these stay-at-home times.
Congratulations to the winners of the Wilson Center 2020 Fingerstyle Guitar Competition — Huang Cong, Matt Harp, and Zach Tremblay.
Michael Hedges/Rhythm, Sonority, Silence, second printing Reconstructing the digital files for reprinting the book has been a daunting task. Thanks go to Brian Burke for his forensic investigation of data files, and to Ben Kammin who resurrected the original music files and reconstructed the right-hand string-stopping notation. Clay Feller, the graphic designer of the original book, replicated the design. I am grateful that the Hedges family was able to provide…