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Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer Duo

Boston-based guitarists Garrison Fewell and Eric Hofbauer perform an eclectic series of duets inspired by the deeper roots of jazz in the music of West Africa, Persia and the Arabic-Islamic world. The music of this intergenerational duo, which met for nearly a year and a half to discuss the music before playing a single note together, juxtaposes ancient traditions with the language and techniques of contemporary improvisation.

"It seemed to both Garrison and Eric that the music of several cultures, reshaped over several tempestuous centuries, pulses through jazz of the 21st century," writes journalist Ed Hazell in the liner notes to the duo's debut, The Lady of Khartoum (CNM 010). "Following the logic of improvisation's eternal present, [they] have synthesized the music of centuries into something organic to the moment...an album of music that stepped out of a deeper understanding of history into a deeper knowledge of our common humanity."

The Lady of Khartoum

Label: Creative Nation Music
Released: 2008
Track listing: Prologue: Before the Dream; The Lady of Khartoum; Dogon Delta Blues; Comfort for an Affliction; Devil at the Salang Pass, Ma

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Garrison Fewell/ Eric Hofbauer: The Lady of Khartoum

Read "The Lady of Khartoum" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

It's best to throw out any preconceived notions of the “guitar duo" before listening to The Lady Of Khartoum CD by composers/guitarists Garrison Fewell and Eric Hofbauer. These fifteen, mostly short snippets, are aural conversations that transcend the common conventions of typical fret-board picking melodies. Both performers have works that have spanned genres from mainstream to ...

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Fewell/Hofbauer's "The Lady of Khartoum" Released Today on Creative Nation Music

Fewell/Hofbauer's "The Lady of Khartoum" Released Today on Creative Nation Music

Creative Nation Music kicks off its 2008 release schedule on March 18th with The Lady of Khartoum (CNM 010), an eclectic series of duets by Boston-based guitarist/composers Garrison Fewell and Eric Hofbauer. Inspired by the deeper roots of jazz in the music of West Africa, Persia and the Arabic-Islamic world, this intergenerational duo's music juxtaposes ancient ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Garrison Fewell/ Eric Hofbauer: The Lady of Khartoum

Read "The Lady of Khartoum" reviewed by John Sharpe

I wouldn't normally go for an album of guitar improvisation, but from the first notes the abstracted beauty of this duet session from Boston-area guitarists Garrison Fewell and Eric Hofbauer both dazzles and beguiles, sufficient to eliminate any prejudice. Hofbauer is part of the Blueprint Project, whose 2007 recording People I Like made several ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Garrison Fewell / Eric Hofbauer: The Lady Of Khartoum

Read "The Lady Of Khartoum" reviewed by Nic Jones

Here's music from two guitars that covers far more ground than that description may imply. Fewell and Hofbauer are both players acutely aware of the sonic potential their instrument has to offer, and that awareness is one of the many qualities that combine lift the music on The Lady Of Khartoum well above the run-of-the-mill.


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