Alec Haavik Friction Guzheng: Fusion With A Chinese Flair
After the performance, Haavik mentioned that his favorite moment was in "Exotic Wall Burger." He explained why:"Because Kuriko suggested a new scale to use for the improvisation that really captured the mood of the song and gave us a nice domain to play in. There was a lot of timidity on everyone's part but it was the one moment when the guzheng and sax blended together perfectly and melded into one voice." He added that he is looking forward to incorporating guzheng and other Chinese instruments into his work, especially within the jazz rock opera that he's currently working on for 2010.
Haavik pushed the envelope tonight: not only with his sax, but with Alec Haavik Friction Guzheng's arrangements, inviting an eclectic mix of instruments to extend beyond what ears normally hear. The audience seemed to really dig it, which is good because audiences want to see more nights like this in the future original tunes with an edge.