Life Of–Press page

Steve Tibbetts, guitar, turkeys

Some Biographical Material Big Influences Dave Ray was a big influence, not so much because of his legendary guitar chops or his storied career in music, but because he kept the rent on my studio low. Dave Ray was my landlord. He died in 2002. A street close to my studio has been renamed Dave…

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Natural Causes–ECM Bio

Lycian Tomb, in the middle of a lake.

It has been eight years since Steve Tibbetts gave us the fiery electric guitar album “A Man About A Horse” (ECM 1814). Now he returns with a different kind of recording: an album of, primarily, acoustic sounds. The making of “Natural Causes” took place in a period when Tibbetts was reconsidering some fundamental aspects of his art and craft – in parallel with daily studies of Bach, Bartók, and music theory.

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Music and Trance in Bali

bali knife

After a good three hours in the blazing sun we saw the gates open and villagers in trance being led out to circumambulate the temple. I’ll never forget the look on one young Balinese woman’s face: an incredible mix of astonishment, grief and transcendence.

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Chö Part 1: Intro

Choying Drolma and Nuns

Recorded in New York City at the Knitting Factory, August 1999 · Chöying Drolma, Lodro, Sherab:  voice and percussion; Steve Tibbetts: guitar and samples; Marc Anderson: percussion and samples

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Exploded View–Guitar Player, 3/87

Exploded View by Steve Tibbetts

“weaves through two sides, running the emotional gamut from serene to violent, always intense. This is truly unclassifiable, but then, it’s not searching for a compartment.”

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