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Morning Calm CD Spine

Morning Calm - New Music for Guitar and Kayagum

CREDITS

Solos recorded by Bob Doidge at Grant Avenue Studios, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, April 1988.

Trios recorded live in concert in Toronto. location recording produced by Bill Garrett, with technician larry Morey, December 1987.

Cover Design by Puckett Family Graphics. Photography by Mrs. Puckett.

Executive Producer: Pat Moore. Produced by David Essig and Milena Campbell.


THE APPRENTICE is a short story I wrote to provide a narrative basis for the long improvisational trios for Kayagum, cello and percussion. It tells the story of a young apprentice woodworker who is sent to the mountains to get wood for his master. Climbing the mountain paths (Part I) is difficult. Returning down those same paths with the load of wood (Part II) is equally hard.

The apprentice is overcome by an ominous feeling that his life and the world around him will be radically different when he finally returns home. His intuitions prove to be correct.

BERKLEY SPRINGS 4:09 is the town in West Virginia where my mother grew up. This piece combines Celtic music with the Blues and the melodic style of Stephen Foster. Dedicated to the memory of my mother.

THE APPRENTICE, PART 1 7:31 is a trio for Kayagum, Changgo and Cello. It is played in an austere and stately fashion, echoing the Confucian origins of Korean music.

SERRA DE CANTINA 3:21 means "basement greenhouse" in Italian...a reference to the light TABLEs in the basement, full of tomato and pepper seedlings waiting to be set out in the garden. Dedicated to my partner, and fellow avant-gardener, Milena Campbell.

JAMIESON'S FAREWELL 3:44 is a Celtic guitar piece, written in honour of the fact that Watch Realvideo Clip I no longer drink Irish Whiskey. The quick section at the end, played with one hand, is as close as I can get to the sound of bagpipes. Dedicated to Pat Moore.

THE APPRENTICE, PART II 14:30 is a trio for Kayagum, Clay Drums, and Cello. It combines traditional Korean improvised music with the modern compositional style pioneered by my teacher, Professor Hwang Byung-ki.

BOURRASQUE 4:39 is French for "Gusty Wind", the title of a painting by Pierre Alechinsky. I have tried to capture the spontaneity and exuberance I find in his work...dedicated to P.A.

KAMCHONG 5:43 is the mane of a restaurant in Seoul where my friends gather every Friday night for beer and the best bean curd stew in the Republic of Korea. This piece is played on the fretless guitar in an East-West style, reflecting life in contemporary Seoul. Dedicated to Ken Kaliher and Joe Nowakowski....who made Korea feel like home.

LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW 8:45 was first recorded in 1981 on my instrumental double-LP,
"In the Tradition". It is still the core improvisational work in my repertoire...a continually evolving organism. The music is about waiting for a dead loved one to return home. Dedicated to my fellow musicians, Anne Bourne and Trevor Ferrier, who brought this trio version to life.

MORNING CALM 5:58 is a Kayagum solo. I like to play the Kayagum at dawn, trying to recalll the bells and chanting of the Buddhist monks in the mountains outside Seoul. Dedicated to Hwang Byung-ki.

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