Avant Issue No.3
GP Hall knows that contemporary guitar is about more than just wood, wire
and amplification: that it's about total sound. "Mar-Del-Plata"' is the junction
where Robert Fripp crosses paths with Derek Bailey, the place where John
Cage hires David Torn, and where Thurstan Moore deconstructs Vaughan Williams;
or sometimes just a secluded bay where Paco Pena lets a Secret coiling breeze
fold and sculpt his playing into something new and unearthly.
Over three decades of playing, this criminally - ignored British guitarist has
been painting detailed musical vistas for the imagination.
Hear him. In one hand, a collection of familiar guitar stills (British art-blues,
Feet pumping pedals that wash the sounds across the sky.
Heart bleeding-in the human element that divides sound from noise, knowing
What emerges is music that tugs at the spirit, the way that weather tugs
The celestially hanging, heartbreaking, calling notes of
The lush breathing tones of 'Humidity Despair'.
The abrasive tonescapes of 'Fahrenheit 451'.
The tangy acoustic glitter of 'Ionian Water'.
Intricate expressionistic, explosive musical pictures of failed social
It's a six-string kaleidoscope.