Sopa Chöling

Family email sent from Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 2016 Hi everyone:  I’m writing this from the bar at the Alt Hotel in Halifax. Tomorrow I’ll head back to Minnesota.  The next day is election day; good luck to our side.  I’ll drive down to Madison on the 13th of December. I flew into Halifax about two…

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MyECM

  I curated a playlist for ECM as part of their venture into the world of streaming (an article from Pitchfork is here). My annotations for the playlist are below, and a more concise version is on  ECM’s website here.  The playlist is now up at Tidal  and Spotify. Steve’s ECM playlist I curated selections from (mostly)…

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The Fall of Us All–Atlantic Monthly

Steve Tibbetts

“Tibbetts’s guitar-from-beyond-the-solar-system will take you to realms hitherto glimpsed only by the Hubble space telescope and will offer several plausible explanations of dark matter.”

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Natural Causes–Downbeat Review

“To call Natural Causes exotic would be to deny the labor of love that went into making it. You might say Steve Tibbetts has, in a sense, redefined the word ‘natural’ for all to hear.”

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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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A Man About a Horse–Isthmus

Jacket Sacrifice - photo by Steve Tibbetts

“Tib­betts is one of this city’s great, underappre­ciated native sons precisely because he deals in a potent magic that’s not easily understood”

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