More News from the One Sound One Song Festival 2007:
The Book of Six Strings is on Track for Release at the Festival!
This book by Philip Toshio Sudo and Tobias Hurwitz is a the long awaited follow-up to Zen Guitar. Packed with musical examples and Phil Sudo's "One Sound One Song" composition, the book extends the Zen Guitar philosophy and enables readers to delve more deeply into their spirituality and musical understanding.
For more information or to pre-order the book, please click here; or to download a pdf of promotional information about the book, click here.
One Sound One Song Festival 2007!
Celebrating the Art & Philosophy of Philip Toshio Sudo
and the release of "The Book of Six Strings", the sequel to Zen Guitar
Friday April 13th 10pm @ MO' PITKINS (House of Satisfaction)
34 Ave A (between 2nd & 3rd St)
New York City
Plans are now in the works for the next ZG: One Sound One Song Festival in New York City on April 13th 2007 at Mo' Pitkins. This free event will coincide with the publishing of The Book Of Six Strings (National Guitar Workshop/Alfred Publications), the sequel to Phil Sudo's Zen Guitar. Organizers hope to make this OSOS event the most relevant and celebratory acknowledgment of the cultural contributions of Phil Toshio Sudo, his writing, his music, and his spirit.
Those interested in participating or attending can contact Sal Principato at email@example.com
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The Language of the Blues
From Alcorub to Zuzu
by Debra Desalvo
Think you know something about the blues? I’d be willing to bet there aren’t many modern aficionados of the genre who won’t learn something from Debra DeSalvo’s remarkable new book.
If the subtitle makes you think this is going to be a dictionary of blues terminology, you’re thinking a vintage Gibson ES-335 is a Daisy Rock Heartbreaker. Not that the Heartbreaker is a bad guitar, but there’s just no way it’s going to be as deep, rich, and soulful as the ES-335. And that’s the way this book is. Even simple terms like “hip” get traced back the their roots in Africa, and throughout the book the origins of the language of the blues in the culture of slavery, reconstruction, and the birth of urban black society gets illuminated in DeSalvo’s clear, inviting prose, a writing style that’s always comfortable and literate.
The research that must have gone into creating this book is staggering. Each entry is replete with history and context, as well as anecdotes and comments featuring major and lesser-known figures in the history of the blues. Behind it all is an obvious reverence for the music and the players who embody the blues; DeSalvo’s own musicianship clearly not only gives her insight into her subject, but reads as a kind of music in the prose itself.
This is a book that’s hard to put down once you pick it up. It’s a fascinating read for anyone interested in the blues; but particularly for guitarists, it’s a book you won’t want to miss.
The Language of the Blues, published by Billboard Books, is available in bookstores everywhere, and online at Amazon.
Debra DeSalvo, long-time member of the Zen Guitar Dojo, has a new CD.
Hoboken Demo has three new songs, performed by Deb and her band, bassist Duke and drummer John Hummel; a true power trio.
Welcome to the Boneyard is a love song sent back from beyond the grave, and features a beautiful stinging slide guitar solo reminiscent of later George Harrison. Like 'Boneyard', When It Comes Down kicks off with a spare, almost melancholy arrangement, but kicks into another gear with distorted power chords ushering in the second chorus. This tune really shows off the power of Deb's heartfelt vocals, from delicate and sweet to soaring over her muscular guitar. The solo at the end of the song
goes from volume swells to singing sustained melodic lines, ending with
Hendrixian arpeggios that take the tune through its fade out. The trio of tunes rounds out with All That I Need, a change of pace to an upbeat pop melody tightly arranged around close harmonies with a crowd-pleasing hook.
Click here to listen.