Improvisational Talent Releases CD
On his 2003 CD, Recuerdos, improvisational flamenco-jazz guitarist Kader Fahem surrounds himself with musicians with various musical backgrounds, that all lend their worldly approaches to the mix of primarily instrumental tracks with a few vocal songs. The ten infectious compositions are a great showcase for Fahem's virtuosity and love of the flamenco idiom. His golden fingers deftly apply dazzling flourishes to swift, precisely picked passages, and he never loses his sense of flowing melodicism. The Fahem Quintet has picked up quite a bit of press in Europe, and one listen to Recuerdos will confirm that he is indeed a captivating, 25-year-old player with a bright future ahead of him. Fahem was originally profiled in the October-November, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.
Fahem started learning guitar at the age of seven, at first studying the traditional music of his Kabyle origins. He later began a long apprenticeship with his older brother Kemji, who taught him flamenco, and Fahem created his own amateur Gypsy flamenco band at the age of twelve. In his teenage years, he began to discover on his own the different hidden sides of "flamenco puro" - the roots - and dedicated himself to study the soul and strength of this deep music. Inspired by players such as Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo, Fahem got familiar with the compas until he mastered them and finally created his own sound. He later traveled to Andalusia, to immerse himself in the history and culture, as well as to meet and play with other flamenco amateurs.
At age 25 today, Fahem is now a composer and performer in a flamenco-jazz style that stems from a cultural crossbreeding, influenced by his own life, childhood, travels and origins.
30 Rue de Paris
Web site: www.kaderfahem.com
Music From The Heart
Lyrical steel-string melodicism. Acoustic, new age orchestration. Steel-string guitar and violin interplay. Lush harmonic soundscapes. All this and more can be found on Asheville, North Carolina guitarist Joe Ebel's latest CD Primebel. His first solo release, the album contains thirteen instrumental cuts which feature Ebel on acoustic guitar and five-string violin, as well as a stellar roster of supporting musicians including soprano saxophonist Stuart Reinhardt, Grammy-winning bassist Eliot Wadopian (Paul Winter Consort), Grammy-nominated bassist Michael Manring (Michael Hedges/Windham Hill Records) and drummer Tony Creasman (Southern Gospel Music Association Studio Musician of the Year 2002). Adding to the sonic interest are unusual percussion instruments, such as Tibetan singing bowl, congas and frame drum. Ebel's created a wonderful work - sure to appeal to fans of good music everywhere. Joe Ebel was originally profiled in the October-November, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.
Joe began in the third grade with six years of classical violin lessons. He bought an electric guitar at age fourteen and eventually played lead guitar in a cover band called The Rejects, leaving the violin to gather dust for seven years. During this time he learned to improvise on the guitar and learned enough music theory to allow him to learn through experimentation. Joe later picked up the violin again, improvising in the context of a pop rock band with the aid of an electronic pickup. His musical experiences included playing rock and roll, country, blues, jazz, bluegrass, folk and new age. Joe has played the Kerrville Folk Festival with seven different singer/songwriters and has released two CDs with finger-style guitarist Ken Bonfield. His guitar influences include John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Eric Clapton and Dickie Betts.
Ebel is now planning a second and third CD. One will be another instrumental acoustic project, and the other will be an electronica offering with groove tracks with "organic" violin and guitar melodies.
Ebel Alley Music
45 King St.
Asheville, NC 28804
Web site: www.primebel.com