Bill Vencil | In the Wilderness

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In the Wilderness

by Bill Vencil

Progressive acoustic guitar. An eclectic collection of solo guitar pieces, combining folk, celtic, bluegrass and progressive rock influences.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. Heart of the Matter
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2. Steady
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3. Longing for the Presence
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4. Sun Dog
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5. Slouching by Design
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6. Liar's Lament
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7. Isinglass
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8. Good Tea
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9. Red Wing
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10. In the Wilderness
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11. Algorithmic
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12. Hannah's Cry
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13. Let It Go
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14. Deep Magic From Before the Dawn of Time
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15. Enter the Presence
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16. Jack in the Pulpit
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Bill Vencil has been plying the craft of progressive acoustic guitar playing for a good while. He became interested in the instrument at the age of 13, after his mother purchased a \"el cheapo\" with Green Stamps. One thing led to another and a Fender Mustang and a Gibson LG1 and an Ibanez PF200 and, well you get the picture.

Bill spent time in college studying theory and composition, which was a valuable learning experience. Ives, Copeland, Hindemith, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, just to name a few. Ear training, vocalizing, inversions, rules of harmonization, atonality, polytonality, dueling perfect 5ths, polyrhythms to name a few more.

His involvement in a Baltimore-based progressive rock band called Tetelestai (see John 19:31) was an important milestone in his musical experience. The band created a quirky brand of prog-rock, with a focus on Bill\'s emerging style and sound. In addition to many live shows, a significant recorded body of work was produced, including a vinyl album, and several cassette albums.

At length, a growing family necessitated a change in priorities, which is a musical rhythm all its own. During this tim, Bill kept his musical passion alive, turning his focus back to his initial love, solo acoustic guitar.

Using a unique combination of techniques, including fingerstle, flatpicking and hybrid picking, Bill weaves quirky melodies and harmonies against sycopated rhythms.

Bill\'s debut solo album \"In the Wilderness\" is an introduction to a guitar player with a distinct musical vision.


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bluesjr

One for the collection
In the Wilderness is one of those rare CD's completely enjoyable from the first listen. Highly recommended if you enjoy solo acoustic music.