It was discovering a video of Jan Bang playing with Marc Ducret that ultimately led to an interview with the third member of the trio: Gunnar Geisse.
Losing the two middle fingers on his right hand in a mountain climbing accident in 1992 may have led Geisse towards composition during his recovery, but, on the evidence of his latest video, it has not slowed down his playing. Check out how he employs Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar to its full potential and read here about the setup he uses to do it.
One of the first interviews I did for Guitar Moderne was with Leo Abrahams. His career would arouse envy in any modern guitartist: studio and live work with Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry, film work with composers on the level of Howard Shore, and a slew of magnificent solo records. If the music in this video is any indication, the new solo record coming in the fall should be another fascinating work.
Listening to Santiago Fradejas can be painful, not because his music is dissonant and distorted, though it is often both, but in the way listening to Astor Piazzolla can be painful, because the depth and intensity of emotion in the music makes you feel at a level that can be uncomfortable. The Argentinian guitarist puts all his love and longing for life’s terrible beauty into his work and, if you are ready, takes you on a ride through the dreams and nightmares that infect us all. To quote Betty Davis: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”