Episode #2806

Balmy Fingerstyle Guitar

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

All the way from South Africa, guitarist and composer Guy Buttery makes a special appearance in the WNYC studio for this New Sounds. 

He's a virtuoso on the guitar and has developed a unique style inspired by both the traditional music of South Africa and the likes of fingerstyle pickers like Michael Hedges .  Guy Buttery performs live and makes good on his threat to premiere a brand-new work.  In his interview, Buttery also touches on practically living on top of a wilderness preserve, Led Zeppelin, and much more...

PROGRAM #2806, With Guy Buttery (First aired on Thursday, 5/29/08)





Guy Buttery

Songs from the Cane Fields

Spontaneous Combustion [6:00]

GHR #002 info at, CDs at or


Foot Tapper 2 [3:30]
Seven-Inch Postcard [4:00]
Wet Feet [4:00]

Not commercially available.


Songs from the Cane Fields

Nectarina Amethystina [6:00]

See above.

Michael Hedges

Aerial Boundaries

Aerial Boundaries [5:00]

Windham Hill #1032 **

Vusi Mahlasela

Guiding Star

Susana [3:00]

ATO #0032 ** *

Various artists: Soshanguve Black Tycoons

South Africa – Only the Poor Man Feel It

Siyaya [4:00]

EMI/Hemisphere #32866 Available as an import at

Comments [1]

kamal khan from Cape Town, South AFrica/ New York, NY

I am always delighted, as director of the University of Cape Town's Opera School, to hear any mention of the South African new music scene. I must take issue with the notion that our New Music scene, is unpopulated. I would guide you to the works of Bongani Ndodana-Breen as a good starting point. Your interviewer asked who was working in the style of Reich and Glass, but as a matter of fact Reich acknowledges the influence of African music on his own work. It is this tradition that Mr. Ndodana-Breen is part of; we will premiere his opera HANI at UCT this November, and in April, in Pretoria, Opera South Africa will premiere his WINNIE. Although he is using symphonic forces, his use of traditional African rhythmic and melodic contours creates a sort of "Afro-minimalism" which returns the minimalist idiom to its own roots.

Jun. 05 2010 11:53 PM

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