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Annalisa Ewald Live at the Factory Underground

Annalisa Ewald Live at the Factory Underground

  • Von Annalisa Ewald
  • Version 16.08.2012
  • Medienformat CD
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On October 22, 2012, a raucous group of friends and musicians gathered together for a very special night of intense celebration at The Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, Connecticut. The large recording studio had been transformed into a nightclub for music lovers and became a festival for everyone who believed that life is good and good times are what living is all about. Three acts were scheduled to play that night and as the only soloist and "classical" player I had the task of opening the event, grabbing the audience by the collar and letting them know that this night was not going to be soon forgotten. Candlelit café tables, ratty couches, multiple cocktail stations amidst jungle vines of recording wires overhead and underfoot created a setting most unlike Carnegie Hall. Which was all to the good. Intentionally, this recording places the classical guitar in surroundings less formal and more intimate than it's modern setting of the concert hall and pristine recordings. The idea was to put the guitar back in it's birthplace of hazy candlelit gathering places where old troubles are forgotten, passions ignited and new troubles born. The guitar is an amazing instrument: it's first appeared around 1500 in Spain, and was designed specifically to play chords. It could also play melody and harmony which gave it a flexibility other instruments did not have. In short from the very beginning it could and still does 'sing' in a uniquely expressive and passionate voice. The guitar was immediately embraced by the common people and was soon incorporated into their dance and song traditions throughout the old and new worlds. The uniqueness of it's design opened a wonderful new musical door, one that allowed for the evolution of very sophisticated, multilayered interwoven threads of sound and complex chord structures. Unfortunately this also led eventually to an established canon of material, a cult of perfectionism and 'competitions' - all of which took the guitar far from it's original roots. What I love about the music I selected for that night: the Argentine tangos, Spanish folk music, Brazilian choros, and even a couple of 'cousins' from the Renaissance courts - is that this music is alive, slightly dirty, feeds on rowdy crowds and it does not pretend to be anything it is not. To me guitar music has always been like a sonic visit to the most interesting person in the world. To stretch this metaphor, there are walls of books on fascinating subjects, cool things on shelves brought back from journeys all over the world, great things to eat and drink and a twinkle in the eye of your host, who is truly glad to see you. The guitar has always been that host to me, that amazing 'person," and I wanted to share it's music with the crowd that exuberant evening in the nightclub studio. The evening was beautifully gritty, filled with laughter and the audience was loud. Perfect. Artists note: A portion of the album sales is is being donated to the John DeCamp Fund helping veterans heal through music and caring.


Titel: Annalisa Ewald Live at the Factory Underground
Release-Datum: 16.08.2012
Etikett: CD Baby
Medienformat: CD
UPC: 700261361857
Produkt #: 410912X