Verdancy

by David Garland

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about

Patterns are the structure from which we view the world; they're also the structure that obscures our view of continuousness and constant change. The music on “Verdancy” grew out of two things: a very special modified acoustic guitar created by my son, and my move from New York City to upstate New York’s Hudson Valley. I've been given a glimpse of continuousness, a view past the frame of presumed patterns.

Living again in nature (as I did when I was a child), I vividly, finally see and experience the tumult and beauty of everything endlessly changing all the time. The guitar does that, too. The modified guitar is a genuinely electro-acoustic instrument, in which electronics aren’t generating an electronic tone, but instead provoke the vibration of wire and wood, creating a vibrating object that I interact with physically.

These elements have deeply changed my music. I feel connected to what I’ve done before, but I’m in a new, previously unknown sonic world, bushwhacking new paths, seeking beauty and danger, building new structures that suit the landscape.

—David Garland, 2018

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released March 20, 2018

Produced, arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered by David Garland. Copyright © 2018 by David Garland. Music published by Garland Control Songs, ASCAP. Color Piece words © 1964 by Yoko Ono, Ono Music / Downtown Music (BMI). Lamento della Ninfa, public domain.

Deep thanks for the inspiration and participation of Iva Bittová (vocal, violin), Robin Dann (vocal), Arone Dyer (vocal), Kyle Gann (piano), Steve Gorn (bansuri flute), Christine Gummere (cello), Jared Samuel (vocal), Otto Hauser (percussion), Julian Lampert (double bass), Yoko Ono (words written and spoken), Adam Pierce (drums), Jonathan Talbott (viola).

12-string guitars modified by Kenji Garland. Kenj, thanks for discovering and sharing this beautiful world. Special thanks to Sean Ono Lennon for the use of his Kenji-modified guitar. Thank you, Yoko, for your inspiration and encouragement. Thanks and love to Anne.

DG: music, words, arrangements, modified 12-string guitars, vocals, piano, clarinet, ocarina, flute, recorders, Andes, pocket clarinet, slide whistle, lung-blown organ pipes, Pro-One analog synthesizer, SynthAbbott tapes, bowed psaltery, ukelin, harmonium, accordion, harmonica, bell set, glockenspiel, percussion, environmental recordings.

Images by David Garland; design by Anne Garland

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David Garland New York, New York

Composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist David Garland has been steadily shaping songs in new ways since 1980.

"Like many great songwriters before him, Garland pushes the limits of acceptable harmony and dissonance, yet never at the expense of beauty. If it's not possible for popular music to reach the heights of the great classical masters, it seems no one has told David Garland."
--Sean Lennon
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