Improvised Meditations for Low-Strung Guitar
The first ever live presentation of Jenkins' solo 'domestic' suite
for specially re-tuned acoustic guitar.
Improvised Meditations for Low
Having played the guitar as his first instrument all his professional life, Billy Jenkins is
not one to throw a lifetimes work out the window and ‘retrain’ for another career.
To dismiss one’s work with such vigour, he tries to reason with himself, would
render that person completely pointless.
It was in 1994 (when battling through one such period of defeatism) that Billy settled
on a compromise. He’d keep playing, but with a ‘low strung guitar’.
Bolstered by an Arts Council of England Artist R & D grant he spent a period of time ‘
rediscovering’ the acoustic guitar but tuned two whole tones lower than norm.
The string slackness and wholesale pitch shift opened up a whole new world of
nuance, timbre and intonation. Two of the resultant pieces can be heard on UP6 ‘Eclectic Guitars’.
The refreshing perspective of the ‘low strung guitar’ initiated a musical ‘rebirth’,
leading to the creation of the Blues Collective which, five years on, has not only
become Jenkins’s favoured live performing outfit, but indeed the music closest to his
heart and soul.
This concert of Improvised Meditations for Low Strung Guitar is the first time Jenkins
has agreed to perform this very private music in public.
The SOLO BILL DOUBLE BILL also featured
PHILIP SHEPPARD & TIM BIRD
A site-specific installation / performance of material from Sheppard's CD The Diver in the Crypt
and the world premiere of Venetian Underground
Vox Pop as you were.