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Hugh Marsh: Hugmars

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Hugh Marsh may not be well-known to many outside his native Canada, where he's considered the country's leading improvising violinist, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been heard. Along with high profile recording and touring gigs over the years with singer/songwriters Bruce Cockburn and Loreena McKennitt and recently with influential trumpeter Jon Hassell's Maarifa Street project; he's played on soundtracks to movies including Man on Fire and The Da Vinci Code, as the featured soloist. With a voracious musical appetite and encyclopedic knowledge, it's no surprise that Hugmars is a blend of styles that's anchored by Marsh's virtuosity and uncanny ...

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Meet Hugh Marsh: Hugh Marsh is widely recognized as Canada's leading improvising violinist. He has toured, recorded or performed with Don Byron, Jon Hassell, Bruce Cockburn, Loreena McKennitt, Harry Gregson Williams, Hans Zimmer, Daniel Lanois, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Mercan Dede, Roberto Occhipinti, Goksel Baktagir, Nexus, Robert Palmer and Peter Murphy, among many others.Instrument: electric violin.Teachers and/or influences? Don “Sugarcane" Harris, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Arvo Part, Alban Berg, Olivier Messiaen, Prince, Eric Dolphy, Sun Ra, Larry Graham, Jon Hassell, Oval, Betty Davis and Sly Stone, among many others.I knew I wanted to be a ...

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Hugh Marsh: Hugmars

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There's nothing careful in Canadian violinist Hugh Marsh's artistry. My first reaction to Hugmars ran parallel to my thoughts on an initial encounter with a Frank Zappa album back in '67, an ear-opening experience that had me mumbling: “This is really weird."Hugmars opens up with “Rocket #9," scratching to life on a cosmic static that gives way to a brief spoken-word interlude by Kokayi, “One day it will happen, could be happenin' now, a voice from another dimension..." that leads into an electro-groove flowing smooth behind James “Blood" Ulmer singing a mantra: “Rocket number nine taking off for ...



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