Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Recording: Michael Keith

Artist: Michael Keith

Song: [third improvisation]*

Recorded at Ratio, December 16, 2014.

Michael Keith - [third improvisation]

Known as a nimble guitar player, Michael Keith has recently been performing solo sets with his three-stringed baritone ukulele. Ukulele is an instrument with a lot of baggage and a rep for being employed in trite, goofy ways, so it's refreshing to see that being pushed completely aside. Instead, Keith's blurred finger technique draws on his interests in the blues and Persian music to create something that's new — virtuosic but emotionally resonant.

Bonus! Here's a bit of video from the set:

* So far as I know, this is a straight-up improvisation, but leave a comment if you know otherwise.

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