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Nazca Lines

by Henry Kaiser

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1.
Introduction 05:15
2.
Vulture 01:54
3.
Rectangles 03:07
4.
Shark 02:57
5.
Flower 07:26
6.
Spider 04:00
7.
Hummingbird 02:05
8.
Iguana 02:46
9.
Alcatraz 01:45
10.
Parrot 01:52
11.
Tower 01:57
12.
Monkey 00:55
13.
Dog 03:29
14.
Spiral 03:47
15.
Triangles 01:30
16.
Condor 01:33
17.
Hands 05:57
18.
Owlman 04:00
19.
Astronaut 04:38
20.
Whale 02:54
21.
Tree 03:24
22.
Reptile 04:28

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This album consists of 22 freely improvised solos on 18 different acoustic guitars. In the past 5 years, Henry Kaiser released seven solo discs that consist of long (70-80 minute) electric guitar solos. In this latest release, he explores the short solo guitar format, with solos wherein the mind of the listener can hold the beginning, middle, and end of the musical stories in one mentation. In the tradition of Derek Bailey's 1975 classic album IMPROVISATION on the Italian CRAMPS label, these solos are short virtuoso expressions of extended guitar language and technique. More significantly, they are expositions of many new approaches to musical narrative. Akin to short story format, as opposed to novels, the improvisations are concise, otherworldly, and surprisingly electric-sounding for being played on acoustic guitars. Imagine Henry Kaiser, Derek Bailey, Robert Peter Williams, Morton Feldman, Robbie Basho, Joseph Spence, Toru Takemitsu, Karlheinz Stockhausen, D'Gary, Teta, and Masayuki Takayanagi sitting around a campfire for a crazy acoustic guitar jamboree, that is then transfigured through a sonic-kaleidoscope, inter-dimensional, space warp, and you can begin to guess what this recording sounds like.

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released May 13, 2016

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Henry Kaiser San Francisco, California

Henry Kaiser is an American guitarist and composer, known as an idiosyncratic soloist, a sideman, an ethnomusicologist, and a film score composer. Recording and performing prolifically in many styles of music, Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He is considered a member of the "second generation" of American free improvisers. ... more

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