#3513: With Guy Buttery

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South African fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery joins John Schaefer in the studio to perform a live acoustic set without effects.  His exceptional world music for solo guitar evokes the rhythms of his native land unconsciously, while drawing on influences like Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. Listen to a bit of guitar as percussion instrument in one of his pieces, “Sleep Deprivation.”  Then, hear another of Buttery’s insanely inventive techniques on a tune where he plays the guitar like a zither, as an extension of tapping, to achieve slap harmonics.

There’s also music from South Africa’s Kevin Volans for two harpsichords and percussion that approximates the mbira, or thumb piano of Zimbabwe.  Plus, hear music from Preston Reed, an incredible finger-picking guitarist who can easily transform the body of his instrument into a drum set at will.

PROGRAM #3513– with Guy Buttery (First aired on 9/24/2013)  

ARTIST: Guy Buttery
WORK: Joanna Newsom, arranged by Guy Buttery: The Book of Right On, excerpt  [1:00]
RECORDING: Live in KwaZulu
SOURCE: SLCD 276
INFO: guybuttery.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Kevin Volans, harpsichord; Deborah James, harpsichord; Robyn Schulkowsky, percussion
WORK: Kevin Volans: Mbira, excerpt [3:49]
RECORDING: White Man Sleeps
SOURCE: Cala United Recording Company 88034
INFO: Out of print, but there is another recording available on Network NW52990
www.prestoclassical.co.uk

ARTIST: Guy Buttery
WORK: Upper Reaches [4:04]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC September 20, 2013
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.

ARTIST: Michael Hedges
WORK: Because It’s There [3:13]
RECORDING: Live On The Double Planet
SOURCE: Windham Hill Records #1066
INFO: Out of print, but available as a download from iTunes, Emusic.com and Amazon.com

ARTIST: Guy Buttery
WORK: Sleep Deprivation [4:33]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC September 20, 2013
SOURCE: These performances not commercially available, but the pieces all appear on “Live in KwaZulu”
INFO: guybuttery.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Guy Buttery
WORK: Half a Decade [7:01]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC September 20, 2013
SOURCE: These performances not commercially available, but the pieces all appear on “Live in KwaZulu”
INFO: guybuttery.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Guy Buttery
WORK: Fox Hill Lane [3:21]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC September 20, 2013
SOURCE: These performances not commercially available, but the pieces all appear on “Live in KwaZulu”
INFO: guybuttery.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Dustin Wong
WORK: Emerald Atmosphere, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Mediation of Ecstatic Energ
SOURCE: Thrill Jockey Thrill 348
INFO: thrilljockey.com  

ARTIST: Joanna Newsom
WORK: The Book Of Right-On [4:30]
RECORDING: Milk-Eyed Mender
SOURCE: Drag City #263 
INFO: dragcity.com

ARTIST: Preston Reed
WORK: Border Towns [3:33]
RECORDING: Border Towns
SOURCE: Liberty/Capitol Nashville 98708
INFO: Out of print. Try auction sites.