Monday, December 31, 2012

Olga Kamornik

Guitarist Olga Kamornik performs a Beautiful arrangement of Valseana a composition by Sergio Assad. Olga also performs with Asya Selyutina as the Koshkin Guitar Duo Koshkin Guitar Duo . The Film is by Roman Gurochkin who has created an amazing catalog of films featuring the music of Nikita Koshkin and several other Russian Classical artists. Olga's guitar is made by luthier Giuseppe Guagliardo

Sunday, December 23, 2012

J.S. Bach Rondeaux performed by Koshkin Guitar Duo

J.S. Bach Rondeaux from Partita c-moll BWV 826, transcription for two guitars by Nakita Koshkin. Performed by the Koshkin Guitar Duo (Asya Selyutina and Olga Kamornik)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Arborea - Dance, Sing, Fight (Live Provo, Utah)

Arborea performing 'Dance, Sing, Fight' live at Velour Music Gallery, Provo, Utah 3 October 2011 video by Justin Elswick Lyrics: Angry guns go off around us Force a change get behind us Black, Beige, White Green, Red, Blue Black, Beige, White Dance, Sing, Fight from the album 'House of Sticks' (Remastered), released 02 January 2011 * additional lyrics on the 'Remastered' version 'Dance, Sing, Fight' are homage to Midnight Oil's 'Beds are Burning' and are not including in the original song on Arborea's album 'Wayfaring Summer'. Additional lyrics: How can we dance when our earth is burning How can we sleep when our minds are turning The time has come to say fairs fare To pay the rent to pay our share The time has come to say fairs fare To pay the rent to pay their share

Friday, November 9, 2012

Roots of 'Modern' British Folk

Brilliant archival footage from 1967. A Danish film crew went to london to document the folk music scene. Amongst the artists that were filmed and interviewed were Bert Jansh and John Renbourn before they formed Pentangle. Performances also by Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, and Marc Sullivan.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Guitarbench reviews Arborea's 'Red Planet'

The online guitar magazine Guitarbench has included Arborea's latest album 'Red Planet' in the record reviews of their current issue, Issue 4. Subscribe to Guitarbench, it's an online magazine with Gorgeous Photography and In-Depth articles and it's free to view online.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cian Nugent: Best Steel String Acoustic Guitar Recordings of 2012



Irish Guitarist Cian Nugent's majestic 7" record 'Grass Above My Head/My War Blues' vhf#130
out on VHF Records
In April NPR's Lars Gotrich posted a nice review of these recordings along with a stream of the piece 'My War Blues' on NPR. Other favorites of 2012 include Rich Osborn's Guitar Explorations, and Robbie Basho Twilight Peaks

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Christopher Paul Stelling (Live @ Living Room NYC)

Christopher Paul Stelling performing 'Mourning Train To Memphis' and 'Flawless Executioner' at the Living Room in NYC, October 2012. Chris plays his much loved and weathered Gibson C1 Classical Guitar.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

2006 Butterfly Model 1 ser no. 4 (German Spruce and Black Acacia)




Robbie Basho "Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis" on KQED TV 1971





Film discovered of Robbie Basho performing "Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis" and "Kowaka D' Amour" on KQED TV (1971)

Also, the Robbie Basho tribute 'We Are All One, In The Sun' curated and produced by Arborea is now available in a Beautiful 180 gram vinyl edition from alt vinyl. Performances by Meg Baird, Glenn Jones, Helena Espvall, Arborea, Fern Knight, Cian Nugent, Steffen Basho Junghans, and Rahim Alhaj. This is a Limited Edition pressing of only 300 copies Worldwide.

Arborea: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Arborea's NPR Tiny Desk Concert May 21s, 2012: I discovered Arborea amid a sea of 1,300 songs that I heard in preparation for South by Southwest. The music stood out for its calm beauty, its rough edges, and the duo's ability to speak eloquently of life's precious moments, about the sea, and about wonder. Shanti and Buck Curran came to NPR with their two children, their guitars, a harmonium, and a Ban-Jammer — a sweet little hybrid that's part banjo, part mountain dulcimer. And, while their music is clearly rooted in acoustic and folk traditions, Arborea's songs can roar with an electric guitar, sustained indefinitely courtesy of an electromagnetic device known as an EBow. I first heard the duo perform at St. David's Bethel Hall in Austin during this year's South by Southwest music festival. That gorgeous church was the best imaginable place to hear this music, short of a visit to the couple's cabin in the western mountains of Maine. Unfortunately, only a small number of people attended that St. David's show — maybe 40 or so — but a large percentage I recognized as music writers and DJs who were fortunate enough to know not to miss Arborea. It's always special to hear musicians play to the space they're in. The Currans are not only superb players, and Shanti Curran a lovely singer, but, as this Tiny Desk Concert indicates, they're equally good listeners — always in tune with their surroundings. ~Bob Boilen, Host of NPR Music

Friday, September 28, 2012

Dismal Ax 'Banjimer'







Here are some photos of Shanti's Stunning new Dismal Ax custom 'Banjimer' made by Tennessee based instrument maker George Downing.

Photo of Shanti © 2012 Buck Curran

'We are all one, In the Sun': A Tribute to Robbie Basho



The Robbie Basho tribute 'We are all one, In the Sun' released May 11, 2010 available through Important Records. The tribute features Steffen Basho Junghans, Meg Baird, Arborea, Glenn Jones, Fern Knight, Helena Espvall, Cian Nugent, and Rahim Alhaj...with additional digital tracks by Yair Yona, Joseba Irazoki and Cam Deaz. I curated and produced this labour of love between late 2006 until it's release in 2010. The gorgeous Cover Art is by Shanti Curran
For more info go here -
Important Records Basho Tribute The album is also available as a limited 180 gram Vinyl Edition through the UK label alt vinyl The video is one that I created for Arborea's arrangement of the Basho song 'Blue Crystal Fire' that we recorded for 'We Are All One, In the Sun'. The video was shot from the banks of the Androscoggin River in Maine.

Voice of the Eagle: Tribute to Robbie Basho/Fretboard Journal Issue 24



Buck's article on Robbie Basho for the Fretboard Journal (Issue 24). Thanks to Glenn Jones and Rich Osborn for sharing their wonderful memories of Robbie.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ben Tweddell - California Raga (Robbie Basho)

Thistletown guitarist Ben Tweddell performing a gorgeous flowing arrangement of Robbie Basho's 'California Raga'

Six Organs of Admittance - Your Ghost

'Your Ghost'...a beautiful song by Ben Chasny/Six Organs of Admittance from his new album Ascent released August 21, 2012 on Drag City.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mariee Sioux - Swimming Through Stone

Mariee Sioux performing 'Swimming Through Stone', a song from her latest album 'Gift of the End'. Produced by Out Of Town Films Shot on location at Rigby Mansion in Philadelphia, Pa September 06, 2012.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Future of Ebony



This videos includes Important information about the state of Ebony and the way we harvest wood for guitar making. The future is here now, time for change and a new mindset. When I used to work for Dana Bourgeois, we had discussions about harvesting wood and the aesthetics of perfect looking wood and the waste involved in processing it. Our discussions a lot of times revolved around Spruce tops. I've always preferred the look and sound of Spruce tops with lots of color and character. Every species of wood known to guitar makers is in danger. Change is a upon us and I'm glad to see Bob Taylor is supporting change for the better.
This is the path of the future, the only path that remains.

Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings 'Tear My Stillhouse Down'

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings performing 'Tear My Stillhouse Down' 29/11/1997 on Sessions at West 54th.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rich Osborn - Guitar Explorations



Today is the release of Rich Osborn's new album 'Giving Voice: Guitar Explorations'. Rich creates sublime music on the acoustic guitar, playing in a 'Free Raga Style'...a style developed from his initial lessons with Robbie Basho in the 1970's. Rich also contributed a track to the album 'Beyond Berkeley Guitar' curated
by Sean Smith. Rich gives insight to Robbie Basho in the article 'Voice of the Eagle' Winter 2012 Issue 24 of Fretboard Journal

Monday, February 20, 2012

Robbie Basho 'Twilight Peaks'

Today is the reissue of Robbie Basho's last recordings “Twilight Peaks” on the Smeraldina-Rima label. It was originally issued in 1984 on a tape label called “The Art Of Relaxation”. It was mastered for vinyl and CD in its entirity by Glenn Jones and Matt Azevedo, from the original demo tapes. The LP version contains one bonus track that was part of the original sessions. The CD version also has two extra live tracks, culled from the original tapes as well. Amazing liner notes by Glenn Jones and Rich Osborn. LP cut and pressed by Eldorado. Drawings by Wouter Vanhaelemeesch. Comes in an open two-colour sleeve, designed & screenprinted by Smeraldina-Rima. First pressing of 500 copies.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Victor Herrero

Victor Herrero performing 'Barcarola' in Porto, Portugal June 2011. This was filmed during the Arborea and Victor Herrero tour in Portugal in Spain in May and June of 2011. Video by Carlos Amaral for Bodyspace.net In conversation with Victor Herrero. Film by HarmonicRooms



Victor Herrero performing @ Serralves Festival in Porto, Portugal 28 May 2011

Jimi Hendrix 'Bleeding Heart'

Jimi Hendrix performing 'Bleeding Heart', Royal Albert Hall, 1969!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Yair Yona

Two Brilliant instrumentals by Tel Aviv based guitarist Yair Yona...'Mad About You' from his album 'World Behind Curtain' out on Strange Attractors Audio House, and 'A Day in Tel Aviv' from his album 'Remember'

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Asya Selyutina plays Nikita Koshkin



Prelude and Fugue in A Minor by Nikita Koshkin



Prelude and Fugue in B Minor by Nikita Koshkin.
Asya plays a guitar made by UK Luthier Peter Barton

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jack Rose

Jack Rose performing 'Cross The North Fork' at the Hall Mall in Iowa City, Iowa 2006.

Monday, January 23, 2012