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Karl Van Deun

dance of the hermits

€ 12 (CD)

Karl Van Deun - guitar

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1 wyblestones 
2 the marriage 
3 epsigram 
4 funny mi 
5 flat five floogie 
6 the art of nonsense
7 miss sandwoman's rag
8 don't ask me ask me
9 dance of the hermits

In 1992, Karl Van Deun wrote a series of short pieces for solo guitar. Somewhere in the back of his mind was the music of Jimmy Wyble and his art of "two-line improvisation," a method of approaching guitar pieces from counterpoint. Bill Frisell was also constantly on his mind, as Van Deun was working on a thesis on the legendary jazz guitarist at the time.

To these influences he responded intuitively and he captured the musical atmosphere in typical Van Deun compositions. The music sounds exciting and personal. In addition to abstract characteristics, the pieces have clear influences from fingerpicking, blues and swing.

Now a selection was made from this fine series that has so far remained under the radar. The short CD appears on Et Alia, the imprint of Aspen Edities.