John H. Clarke | Acoustik Guitar

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Acoustik Guitar

by John H. Clarke

World guitar music, Spanish, classical, Latin, and flamenco influence.
Genre: Latin: Flamenco
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1. Intro to the Most Evolved
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2. The Most Evolved
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3. Intro to Aguila Cosmica
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5. Intro to Un Tren
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6. Un Tren
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7. Intro to Azul
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8. Azul
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9. Signal Urchin Rostrum
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10. Malaguena
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11. Carnivalito
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12. Study No. 9
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13. Study No. 18
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14. Cavatina
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15. Recuerdos De La Alhambra
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16. Moonlight Sonata
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17. Agua
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18. Tierra
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19. Cielo
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20. Fuego
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Acoustik Guitar" is John H. Clarke's most ambitious album production yet. The voyage of turning a continually evolving concept into reality took nearly two years to achieve. After many revisions and a lot of work the results are well worth the wait.

Once the music was all written and decided upon, John went on a search for a special guitar just for this album. He wanted the sound to be rich and beautiful. He finally found what he was looking for, a "Rodriguez" by acclaimed guitar maker Kenny Hill. After playing it in the shop for just a few minutes John new it was the nicest sounding guitar he had ever laid his hands on.

But having the right sounding guitar is only part achiving great sound. The knowledge of how to capture the true essence of the guitar in a recording is also critical. John needed an expert engineer/producer that specialized specifically in recording nylon string guitar. He was fortunate to find that one of the best in the field actually lived nearby. John began the recording process with Vincent Go of VGo Recordings in October 2006.

The CD is divided into three sections.

Part I has five songs arranged for small ensemble. The primary instrument (the guitar of course) is accompanied by a tastefull and simple collection of acoustic instruments including: cello, upright bass, violins, percussion, and a few other subtle surprises. The music in Part I is lively, incorporating rhythmic strumming and interwoven melodic lines. John's techniques are similar to those found in the Flamenco and Latin American guitar playing traditions. A lot of John's music is akin to the likes of Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Gypsy Kings, and Ottmar Liebert.

Part II is purely solo guitar featuring spanish and classical guitar favorites such as Malaguena and Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. John's performance of these pieces is in inspired by and in the vein of great classical guitarists such as Segovia, Julian Bream, and John Williams.

Part III is made up of five improvisational pieces for two guitars. The idea behind this section is the value of spontaneous communication on a musical level. Instead of being composed and premeditated, the music is "told" much like someone telling you a story about their life. These are introspective, melodic, and provocative works that will engage your imagination.

John H. Clarke was born in Southern California, grew up in San Jose, CA and now resides in San Francisco.

He had an deep interest in music from an early age. He started taking guitar lessons when he was 11 and wanted to be a rock and roll star. As a rebellious teenager he didn't stick with his lessons and decided to teach himself. As a teen and young adult John was heavily influenced by the variety of music found on college and independent radio. He loved world and traditional music and their infusion with modern approaches to music. In effort to explore the rich tradition and roots of the guitar, John began learning about flamenco, Latin American and classical styles. John now plays nylon string Spanish made guitars almost exclusively.

In college, John put music on the back burner to pursue his deep interest in activism and social justice issues. He received his BA degree in the social science field from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He did manage to take a few music classes in college and he was a member of the UCSC Latin American Music Ensemble for two years.

After college John went to live in Mexico where he taught English for the University of Guadalajara. A year later he moved to Boston, MA. After a few jobs in the non-profit sector John re-discovered that music was his what made him truly happy. It happened in the humid subways of Boston where he began to play solo guitar as a street performer. The positive reaction and appreciation he got convinced him to make music his career.

John now works full-time as a guitarist and composer in the San Francisco Bay area. He is a featured musician for the world famous tourist attractions Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, and The Cannery at Del Monte Square in San Francisco.

In addition to promoting his new CD and performing around the SF bay area John has several other projects in the works. He is currently producing music videos featuring songs from “Acoustik Guitar” which will be posted on YouTube.

Due to the enthusiastic response and requests he has gotten from the YouTube community for the sheet music to his compositions, he will also be publishing a music book that will include complete transcriptions of ten of his original works for guitar. Instructional videos will also be added to You Tube as a free benefit all those interested in learning the guitar.


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Richard

Thx
Thx from the Nethands back in the mood of Spanje

Jamiel Reza Danesh

nice
Acoustik oozes with life, soul, and absolute craftsmanship. I felt the passion and honesty of each note. Can't wait to see him live at the concert hall and listen to the stories behind all this passion!

Anthony Pascarella

Beautiful.
I will listen to this album constantly through my I-pod. Such great guitar playing.

Andrew

A hug for the soul
I bought this CD based on the youtube video, the first time I have done something like this. I was apprehensive, but I need not have been. As soon as I played it I knew I had made the perfect choice. The playing is inspirational.

Leisa T.

You are so talented, we love your music
John H Clark- I got your two CD's for my husband for father's day, after seeing him glued to Utube watching "The Most Evolved". We love both CD's and listen to them non-stop. Music is an important part of our lives, and we're so glad we found your music to add to it. Thank you

Carmen De La Hunt

Flawless
Absolutly gorgeious we play his cd all the time during wine tastings, homework, relaxing , long road trips, I have wore it out. first time I heard him play in San Francisco at the Giradelli square we fell in love instantly! talented man , my girls take him everywhere very romanitic melodies. Gracias, y mas musica maestro !

Mo


awesome cd!! great guitarist. best cd i've bought in a while. John has talent. if you like acoustic guitar, you'll love "acoustik guitar"!

sunu

Fabulous
Heard you first on youtube, and the sweet sweet sounds felt so good, as is your album. John Clark, I do believe you will continue to compose more beautiful tunes. Can't wait.

moni

acoustik Guitar
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