Matteo Palmer | Out of Nothing

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Out of Nothing

by Matteo Palmer

Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Journey of the Wandering Minstrel
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2. Autumn
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3. Escaping Reality
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4. Ex Nihilo
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5. Sacred Grove
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6. Ribbon Candy
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7. Wooded Trails
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8. Happy Pancakes
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9. Family Portrait
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10. Concetta
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11. Sleepy Dog
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Matteo Palmer's debut album, produced by Grammy winning guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman.


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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

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The debut release of 17 year-old acoustic guitar virtuoso Matteo Palmer was brought to my attention personally by Grammy winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman as something that I definitely needed to hear, and I’m I grateful that he did. The fact is that Matteo is not just good for someone his age, he is amazing for any age! In a case of things coming full circle, Matteo was deeply influenced early on by Will’s own ground-breaking guitar music so it was a dream come true to have his first recording produced by Will at the world renown Imaginary Roads Studio in Vermont. The album includes three tracks featuring the accompaniment of bassist Tony Levin who is known for his recording and touring with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson, as well as countless studio sessions with Will and others.

I’m glad that I got to see a video of Matteo playing the album’s opening track, “Journey Of The Wandering Minstrel,” as it gave me not only a greater appreciation of his guitar skills, but an insight into some of his technique that I might not have gotten by just listening to the audio of the track. For one, what sounds like the accompaniment of percussion is actually Matteo simultaneously slapping the body of the guitar in perfect rhythm with his fretwork. Another aspect that was revealed in the video was his impeccable use of two-handed tapping technique in certain sections. This is a style in which the left hand, rather than picking or strumming is actually tapping individual strings higher up on the fretboard while the right hand is fingering notes as usual. It’s a complex technique that was popularized on acoustic guitar by virtuoso innovator Michael Hedges. One of the things I greatly appreciate about Matteo’s playing is that just because he has the ability to blow you away with his guitar technique, he doesn’t always choose to, often taking a more understated approach and letting the guitar just create an impressionistic mood. While listening to Matteo’s music I was aware as much of the space between notes, as well as the notes and melodies themselves. To me, this musical perspective speaks of a creative maturity far beyond Matteo’s years. I also think this appreciation for understatement and acoustic music in pastel hues is a quality found in a number of Windham Hill artists over the years and has no doubt been an influence on this emerging young artist as well. The new release by Matteo Palmer is a stunning debut by a new rising star.

BT Fasmer

A remarkable steel string guitar release
Any piece of great art tells something unique about both the past and the future. 17 years old Matteo Palmer’s debut album is a remarkable steel string guitar release, inspired by the sound of Windham Hill Records and produced by Will Ackerman. This fusion of yesterday’s and tomorrow’s music is simply not to miss.
Out of Nothing is the album’s name, and it is different in many ways. Matteo Palmer is most importantly an incredible guitarist. You just have to listen to a track or two to realize how gifted he is. He already has much of the technique of a world class guitarist. The steel string guitar on the album is also, thanks to Mr. Ackerman, recorded to absolute perfection.
A great steel string guitar album like this has universal appeal.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Out of Nothing" is the debut album by guitarist Matteo Palmer. Recorded when he was just seventeen, Palmer impresses with a remarkably mature artistry that is all about the beauty of the music and the sound of his steel string guitar rather than showing off how well he plays (and he plays really well!). Mentored by the legendary Will Ackerman for the past few years, Palmer recorded the album at Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios. Co-produced by Palmer, Ackerman and Tom Eaton, eight of the eleven original pieces are solo guitar; bassist Tony Levin added his talents on three. Most of the music is relaxing and soothing, in the spirit of Windham Hill luminaries such as Ackerman, Michael Hedges, and Alex de Grassi. A few tracks have a higher energy level, but this is music that works well either in the background or while listening with careful attention. If this is just the beginning of Matteo Palmer’s musical career, we are all in for a very special treat!

"Out of Nothing" begins with “Journey of the Wandering Minstrel,” a piece with a slightly mysterious edge. This piece includes a percussive effect accomplished by Palmer slapping the body of the guitar in perfect synch with his strumming. A multi-movement composition, it’s an intriguing beginning to the album! “Autumn” beautifully conveys the stillness of the dwindling days of summer as trees take on new, vibrant colors and days grow shorter - so peaceful! This piece was included in the 2013 compilation album, "The Best of Reviews New Age: The Guitar.“ Escaping Reality” steps up the intensity and energy level a bit. “Ex Nihilo” is the Latin phrase for “Out of Nothing,” making this the title track (sort of!). Very quiet and contemplative, it seems to express a tranquil mood and a sense of wonder. On “Ribbon Candy,” Palmer again employs percussive effects to accompany the happy innocence and easy-going folk rhythm of the song. And speaking of happy innocence, just the title “Happy Pancakes” inspires smiles and lighthearted images while this wonderful little piece effortlessly erases any troubles - even if it’s just for a few minutes. Love it!!! “Family Portrait” returns to a more gently reflective style that comes from the heart and expresses deep emotion. “Sleepy Dog” closes the album with a sweetly warm and cozy lullaby for a beloved canine.

If you love solo acoustic guitar, "Out of Nothing" is a must-have! Matteo Palmer is a young star on the rise, and this album clearly indicates that he has a very special gift to share with the world. Recommended!

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
We are the witnesses of the miracle of creation
When from the emptiness the sound comes

This music is transparent and weightless. The acoustic guitar of Matteo Palmer weaves thin lacy curtains of aerial melodies. His music is strong, and at the same time very heartfelt.

“Out Of Nothing” is the debut album of Matteo Palmer. When you listen to this rich and mature music it is hard to believe that the young guitarist is only 17 years old.

The manner of Matteo Palmer's playing is very fresh and reminds me of a young Will Ackerman to some extent. And it is not surprising because the album “Out Of Nothing” was produced by famous Grammy winning guitarist and Windham Hill founding father. Besides, the world renowned bass player Tony Levin participated in the recording of three tracks. I can only add here that "Out Of Nothing" was engineered by well-known sound master Tom Eaton. So, its sounding is refined and truly perfect.

“Out Of Nothing” undoubtedly will be a very bright release on the new age and acoustic music scene. Its music is a perception of a person who retained the ability to wonder, who is capable of being sincere and honest with himself in our world.