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Ken Hatfield Sextet: For Langston

Read "For Langston" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Langston Hughes (1902-1967), poeta e scrittore statunitense, animatore del cosiddetto Harlem Reinassance (movimento pilota del riscatto dell'identità culturale afro-americana) è stato una delle voci più importanti della letteratura americana del Secolo scorso. Democratico, anticapitalista, autore sociale ed intimista al contempo, si dice che ai tempi dell'università amasse trascorrere le sere scrivendo poesie nei locali dove si ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist/Composer Ken Hatfield Celebrates The Genius Of Harlem Renaissance Poet Langston Hughes With "For Langston", An Enthralling Song Cycle Drawn From His Blues-Steeped Verse

Guitarist/Composer Ken Hatfield Celebrates The Genius Of Harlem Renaissance Poet Langston Hughes With "For Langston", An Enthralling Song Cycle Drawn From His Blues-Steeped Verse

To Be Released February 1, 2013, Langston’s Birthday A supremely lyrical guitarist and award-winning composer with a deep love of literature, Ken Hatfield is always on the lookout for texts ripe for musical interpretation. He found an ideal muse in the great American poet Langston Hughes, whose rhythmically agile verse, marked by penetrating observations about love, life and politics, takes ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ken Hatfield Sextet's New Recording Project: For Langston

Ken Hatfield Sextet's New Recording Project:  For Langston

Award-winning composer and guitarist Ken Hatfield has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete the recording of his jazz song cycle “For Langston," in which he set to music poems by the great African-American poet Langston Hughes. This will be Hatfield's ninth recording project as a leader and his first to feature lyrics. In addition to Hatfield on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ken Hatfield and Friends: To be Continued...

Read "To be Continued..." reviewed by Elliott Simon

Ken Hatfield is a virtuoso on his chosen instrument, the nylon-stringed classical guitar, and has showcased his abilities in environs including Appalachian, classical and jazz. Comfortable across genres, he and his instrument are well-suited for these Bill McCormick tunes born of multiple influences. This release is an outgrowth of a previous McCormick project, Music for Guitar ...

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Ken Hatfield: Etudes for Solo Guitar in 24 Keys

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Il chitarrista americano Ken Hatfield si sta affermando come uno dei maestri della chitarra acustica moderna, in un ambito tutto suo che si situa tra jazz e musica classica. Questo album racchiude 24 composizioni che coprono l’intera gamma di tonalità disponibili. Si parte con le dodici tonalità maggiori, saltando di quinta (per cui dal Do maggiore si passa ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tuesdays with Ken Hatfield

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Ken Hatfield
Fetch Restaurant
New York, NY
May 2, 2006
What is fascinating and wonderful for the jazz lover in New York City is that high quality jazz can be found in many unexpected places such as restaurants. While you will not find a Big Band, small acoustic groups abound. ...

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Ken Hatfield: String Theory

Read "String Theory" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Ken Hatfield is an extremely complex and multifaceted individual, a philosopher-king, a musically omnivorous hillbilly--and yes, his last name comes from those Hatfields. The music on String Theory fully displays where Hatfield has been in his chronological and musical life. He emphatically refuses to be pinned down by any label, even an amorphous one like “jazz." ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jazz and the Classical Guitar

Read "Jazz and the Classical Guitar" reviewed by Jim Santella

Ken Hatfield

Jazz and the Classical Guitar: Theory and Application

Mel Bay Publications

248 pages, softcover, spiralbound

ISBN: 0786672366

2005

Intended for serious music students, Ken Hatfield's book discusses harmonic theory in detail and offers the reader a thorough foundation for approaching jazz improvisation; either as a career, or ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Rolf Sturm: Shawangunk / Ken Hatfield: String Theory

Read "Rolf Sturm: Shawangunk / Ken Hatfield: String Theory" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Crystal-clear guitar is center stage on these two releases that feature experienced craftsmen artfully exposing the country and classical feel inherent in nylon strings. Ken Hatfield's String Theory is a classical gas dosed with sweet Appalachian honey, while Rolf Sturm's Shawangunk is a deft chordal/melodic encounter that reveals its spirit like a brilliant Hudson Valley morn. ...

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Ken Hatfield: String Theory

Read "String Theory" reviewed by John Kelman

In a departure from previous albums like The Surrealist Table (Arthur Circle Music, 2003), guitarist Ken Hatfield leaves behind his Latin-inflected ensemble work on String Theory. On this strictly solo affair, Hatfield delivers something completely unexpected.

Classical guitar has been Hatfield's mainstay for some time, and his style references many of the trendsetters who have come ...