On GATEWAY (70'16") Erik Wøllo continues to explore his musical imagination. With many years of experience Wøllo has amassed an enormous amount of experience and technique, yet still seems excited about creating the vivid pieces that inhabit this album. In just a few seconds of this music one is transported to another plane. Bypassing verbal thought, connecting directly with the mind, his fluid lead melodies speak, as if in a voice, directly to the listener. Although closely associated with electronic sound, Wøllo uses guitar as the primary instrument in which to convey his message. Usually played through assorted effects, his lead lines are often poignant, sometimes ethereal and always elegant. The synthetic harmonies and melodies that fill out this majestic work are arranged with the skill of a seasoned composer. GATEWAY's more active pieces develop along a wonderful arc of crisp rhythms and bounding layers of sequencer patterns - which act to vivify the progression of Wøllo's tuneful lead lines above. Loosening structural plans Wollo also realizes compositions more in an ambient mode. Gentle and bittersweet, these beautiful slow moving sections may contain even more emotional content than the soaring hymns and exuberant fantasies found elsewhere on this CD. From stark simplicity to prog-influenced anthems Wøllo's spirit comes out in the precision and detail of his work - as it touches the best part of us.
Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from GATEWAY the forthcoming CD by Norwegian guitarist Erik Wollo
For more on GATEWAY access: http://www.projekt.com
For more on Erik Wollo access: http://www.wollo.com
Erik Wøllo performs live at The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 16 October 2010 at St Mary's Hamilton Village 3916 locust Walk in Philadelphia, PA. Complete details at: http://www.thegatherings.org
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