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Based on the story of Ferdinand, a children's book written by Munro Leaf in 1936 and the basis for Disney's animated film Ferdinand the Bull (1938), Killick (né Erik Hinds) brings us twelve improvised pieces that follow the anti-fight sentiment of this lovable character's adventure.
Set in Spain, the story lends itself to classical guitar impressions; however, the artist isn't using an ordinary guitar. His instrument, Big Red, carries the timbre of an acoustic guitar-bass, which allows him to apply whatever tonal combination comes to mind. Played upright on a spike, the instrument lets Killick relate the story of Ferdinand through musical scenes such as a meadow filled with flowers, a buzzing bee in search of its target, a crowd of sportsmen looking for excitement, an emotional hero who is presented with conflict, a gradual progression from confusion to decision and a happy ending.
Killick follows the story diligently. His fingers fly in explanation with flurries of activity as well as with languid tones designed to give pause. Like Spanish classical guitar music, Bull**** offers the backdrop into which our minds can follow the intended impression. With delicate bass pizzicato tiptoes one moment and thrashing guitar arias the next, the artist presents myriad themes from folk music that interpret the story. In order to follow the changing scenes accurately, he strums double-stops on Big Red, strokes the strings vertically with a light motion, pounds the fret board for emphasis and launches into lyrical themes on occasion. Primarily progressive approaches to impressionism, Killick's string adventures provide ample musical opportunities for revisiting this classic tale.
Track Listing: Snort Butt Leap Jump; You Would Sting; Cork; The Flowers; Fight Day; Lovely Galeria; Grew; Picadores/Scared Fierce; Just Sat; Not (A)Lonesome; Crying Mad; He is Very Happy.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com