this music inspires gratitude. such beauty! such a celebration and embodiment of the lovely, the bittersweet, the mysterious, the departure, the returning, the magic of song. it's all here in a tapestry of love.
Favorite track: I've Forgotten.
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.
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.
Composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist David Garland has been steadily shaping songs in new ways since
"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."
Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles