The Sing Strings: Scheherazade Stone and Brian Gore

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Click Here Scheherazade Stone’s website


“Scheherazade Stone is a superb musician and a stunning singer with a magnetic stage presence” – (Robert Hurwitt, SF Examiner)

Scheherazade (pronounced Shuh-herr-uh-zahhd) Stone got her first name from her parents who raised her in a musical way. Her contributions to the music scene have been appropriately eclectic, reflecting the rich diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was born and bred.

She’s collaborated with players ranging from Don Cherry, Chico Freeman and Omar Sosa to Jai Uttal and Cheb I Sabbah. She even appeared on a Grammy nominated tune from the Hieroglyphics Ensemble. Additionally, she’s received BAMMIE (Bay Area Music Award) nominations for her vocal talents as well as for her work with Hueman Flavor.
“I love Scheherazade Stone and it’s always interesting to hear her sing,” proclaims JH Tompkins of the SF Guardian. Regardless of the project, she’s always met with considerable critical acclaim.  Julia Chase of the SF Weekly says, “Vocalist Scheherazade Stone is the scene stealer, a vision of Josephine Baker in vintage gowns, she drifts effortlessly between her character Paulette and her place in the band.”


Click here for the website of BRIAN GORE



Known as a “poet of the guitar,” Brian Gore’s emotive, expressive style combines influences from folk, jazz and classical music. Ron Forbes-Roberts of Acoustic Guitar Magazine says, “Gore’s finely crafted poetic ‘songs without words’ take the listener on a spellbinding, emotional ride.

He has great facility as a player, but it’s the depth and range of moods his pieces evoke that makes his music such a pleasure.”
A musical romantic, who draws inspiration from literature and philosophy, he employs his virtuosity in the service of the heart. He is a self-taught guitarist who’s developed “one of the most unique new acoustic guitar styles on the scene today” (News and Review). He has “emerged in the past decade as a leading figure in the new acoustic music movement pioneered by the late Michael Hedges.” (Contra Costa Times).
Gore performs as the founder of International Guitar Night (IGN/USA). He can also be found touring solo, as well as in double bills, in concert halls and festivals around the world. He’s been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated Echoes Radio and performed live on many NPR affiliate stations in the US.


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“An Evening of Guitar and Voice, with Susan Z, Brian Gore and Nina Gerber” September 10th, 8pm

Don Quixote’s Music Hall
6275 Highway 9 in Felton, CA
$10 door or advance

Call 831-603-2294 for tickets & reservations

Presented in association with Snazzy Productions

Brian and Susan

BRIAN GORE has emerged in the past decade as a leading figure in the world of acoustic guitar. His emotive, expressive style combines influences from folk, jazz and classical music. Acoustic Guitar Magazine says, “Gore’s finely crafted poetic ‘songs without words’ take the listener on a spellbinding, emotional ride. He has great facility as a player, but it’s the depth and range of moods his pieces evoke that makes his music such a pleasure.”  Brian is the founder ofInternational Guitar Night (IGN/USA), a grouping of some of the most creative acoustic guitarists worldwide. See http://www.myspace.com/guitaristbriangore

SUSAN Z is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor, who has been called “a knockout”, says Don McConnel of the Berkeley Voice. Robert Hurwitt of the SF Examiner calls her a “bewitching, full throated nightingale.”  Her first CD, “Believe”, (’00) received a “four star” review from fans at cdbaby.com, and was the one of the top 20 listened to cds on radio MILO, (103.1 ), Belgium in 2000.  She has performed at The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, Slims, Bimbo’s, Freight and Salvage, Sweetwater Saloon, and numerous other Bay Area venues. See http://www.myspace.com/susanzmusic

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Nina Gerber‘s music career began soon after hearing the late singer/songwriter Kate Wolf perform in Sebastopol, CA in the mid seventies. Nina was so inspired by Kate’s music that she decided to become a professional accompanist and followed Kate around until she finally hired Nina to play in her band. That collaboration lasted for 8 years, until Kate’s death in 1986. Since then, Nina has performed and/or recorded with Karla Bonoff, Eliza Gilkyson, Greg Brown, Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky, Queen Ida, Terry Garthwaite, Laurie Lewis, and Mollie O’Brien to name a few. Nina has produced and arranged many recordings, as well as 3 of her own CD’s.”


A Boy Like That — Susan Z w/ Brian Gore

Susan Z singing Brian Gore’s “One Hand Clapping”


One Hand Clapping — Written By Brian Gore (GEMA, Copyright)

I’ve amplified life’s minor irritations

Blinking at a light that’s red too long

Magnified into fake limitations

Forced left then right when I when I want straight along

Time pulls me sideways

Instead of a leg up I’m knocked around

That’s ok with me

That’s the place to be

When I’m guided by the sound

The drive for monetary satiation

Kept me on the outside hanging on

But being with the people happy shiny

Didn’t bring me happiness for long

I am proud I “did it my way”

But those aren’t the words

I’m singing in this song

The periphery

Is ok with me when I’m guided by the sound

There’s light at the end of Lincoln’s tunnel

Disguising dew from rising morning’s sun

Ushered by the quiet squirrel’s rustling

Against the urban backdrop of the throng

It was the life that passed right by me

While I was waiting that I’ve missed so far along

It’s a seagull’s cry

It’s a baby’s sigh

Now I’m guided by the sound

Bridge

Overdrive turned me crazy

Now temptation of the moment keeps me sane

I live inside out

I am turned about

I have turned my life around

That’s ok with me

That’s the place to be

I am guided by the sound


Brian Gore and Susan Z

Brian and Susan

BRIAN GORE has emerged in the past decade as a leading figure in the world of acoustic guitar. His emotive, expressive style combines influences from folk, jazz and classical music. Acoustic Guitar Magazine says, “Gore’s finely crafted poetic ‘songs without words’ take the listener on a spellbinding, emotional ride. He has great facility as a player, but it’s the depth and range of moods his pieces evoke that makes his music such a pleasure.”  Brian is the founder of the globally touring International Guitar Night (IGN), a grouping of some of the most creative acoustic guitarists worldwide.

SUSAN Z is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor, who has been called “a knockout”, says Don McConnel of the Berkeley Voice. Robert Hurwitt of the SF Examiner calls her a “bewitching, full throated nightingale.”  Her first CD, “Believe”, (’00) received a “four star” review from fans at cdbaby.com, and was the one of the top 20 listened to cds on radio MILO, (103.1 ), Belgium in 2000.  She has performed at The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, Slims, Bimbo’s, Freight and Salvage, Sweetwater Saloon, and numerous other Bay Area venues. See http://www.myspace.com/susanzmusic

Andrew York in Quebec – Loom of Desire – International Guitar Night

I’ve had the great fortune over the years of being friends and associates with the very talented Grammy winning guitarist Andrew York, who’s been part of International Guitar Night three times and will join us for our 11th season as well. Andrew’s got an knack for channelling technique into a musical sensibility that can impresses the novice while remaining authentically sublime. His groundbreaking compositions range from epic classics like “Sunburst/Jubilation” to profoundly emotive pieces like “By Candelight” and “Letting Go.”

Andrew and I first met at a double bill series I co-produced in 1994 at the New Conservatory Theatre. We hit it off well and a few years after that I called Andrew to ask if he’d record “Loom of Desire” with me for my solo album, Legacy.  We went down to LA and set up shop to record the piece in his living room. I remember his dog Miles lounging there with us, and also remember having to stop recording a few times because a feral parrot in the palm tree across the street was squawking loudly.  Here’s a version being performed in one of my favorite places, Quebec:

This was a pretty inspiring time in my life. Music, and especially this piece, was playing a transformative role. The duet had come about by following the musical advice of my friend Pierre Bensusan, to sing the line and have the melody rendered reflect the voice. Employing this process really changes perspective on many aspects of guitar composing– how you finger the melody, for example, is quite different when it’s been touched by a voice.

In the case of this piece, and many pieces thereafter, I took the process a step further, and wrote lyrics as well. I gave these lyrics to Andrew in advance, so he had an idea of what was brewing in my mind along with the melody. The end result has had a lasting impression which results in us never tiring of playing the piece together. Here are the lyrics:

Loom of Desire by Brian Gore

(Vs 1)

Who are we to try and walk before we could crawl from the sea

Only human not immortal but cannot see how the presumption sometimes cripples

You and me who must stand before we fall

(Chorus 1)

Though my father breathes inside me he’s salt inside my skin

He’s never been beside me though I love him to the end

And I want so much to hold you but can barely s at all

Through to the strange solace love can heal it all love can heal at all

(Vs 2)

I’m ready feel the love I have inside me stand steady though I tremble at your call

Can’t believe what you feel is not confusion not deceived the same things shape us all

(Chorus 2)

Though my mother breathes inside me it’s like salt on broken skin

Like a loom of pain that binds me to the source where tears begin

And I want so much to hold you But can barely s at all

Through to the strange solace love can heal it all

(Instrumental interlude— Bridge)

We all come from the water hear echoes of the sea

The salt inside our eyes confounds the view

Freedom looms the shoreline it ebbs and lets us fall

It’s the comfort when we falter not the pain that blinds us all

(Vs. 1- End)

It’s very satisfying to have singers performing this with me in double bill shows. Susan Z is performing it here:

Rehearsing with Chiara Angelicoa

ChiaraYesterday, the singer-songwriter Chiara Angelicoa came by to rehearse for our July 25 show in Noe Valley (info will be posted soon at this link, drop me a line at brian@guitarpoet.com if you want info in the meantime).  I have to say I was really impressed both with Chiara’s artistry and her on the fly studiousness.  She’s got a very unique voice with a peaty ambiance that reminds me of a rare single malt; something with a maturity that belies her age.

I discovered Chiara by happenstance while looking for guest vocalists to be part of my “guitar and voice” double bill series. We pulled up her Myspace site and the piece “Come On” took over the auditory backdrop while we were eating breakfast. My wife Maria and I loved her sound right away.

Chiara makes a good first impression. Her diminutive and understated countenance is at odds with her forlorn, stylized voice. But as you spend more time with her, you begin to understand this gal is accomplished musically and very determined to make a go of things. We have some things in common, including an interest in Psychology, and the same alma matar, UCSC. We also have that all important “eclectic musical tastes thing” in common that make for good chemistry on a collaborative level.

When she came over for practice, I was very surprised at how quickly things came together. I felt it might be good particularly for this piece:

Flame Flower, by Brian Gore

Do you want someone to hold you

Even when you cry?

Do you want someone to guide you

When your passion blurs your sight

The love that can transpire

Even when we cry

Transfigures all desire

So its flames blot out the light

The memory of what we had

Appears still quite ideal

The smoke upon the hills have cast

A shadow on what’s real (chorus)

We shared a smoldering flower

Whose flames light up the night

The pattern in the cinders

The memory of your eyes

Combustible power

Re-meet and reignight

How can we catch a fire

If you can’t love your own light (chorus)

I was very excited to hear how she would bring a gritty, bluesy sense to this piece; for sure, she didn’t disappoint. I was also surprised at how quickly that came together. We also came up with renditions of her piece Masquerade and Momentum.

There’s an edginess  in our rendition of these pieces which I have been yearning for; they are psycho-surrealistic in tonality, if you will.  The pieces are rendered in a style close to Nick Drake and Bert Jansch guitar wise, but with a bit of the modern troubadour tinge you might find in acts like Jose Gonzales or Iron and Wine.

It looks to be a pretty intense collaborative set all the way around, and I am thankful for that. I’m often pigeon holed as a pristine player; and that’s only partially true, especially where songwriting and lyrics are concerned. Working with Chiara gives me the chance to play pieces that you wouldn’t hear in International Guitar Night. To add a little levity to the program, we are also working up a very funny piece I wrote with my friend Curt Haworth called Instant Love.

I’ll be posting video clips from some of our collaborative pieces in my next dispatch about Chiara!


Acoustic Vortex

Part 2: The Acoustic Vortex Gig

Now, onto the Acoustic Vortex gig itself. I’d heard of this gig through an old friend, guitarist Teja Gerken. I saw he’d played there with Vicki Genfan.  I had some pretty nice emails from the Head “Vortician,” as he’s called, Bruce Victor. Bruce came across immediately as a bit of a gentlemanly angel. It turned out he’d seen me once with Pierre Bensusan at an International Guitar Night. His son is a very artistic guy, who’d been “raised on Renbourn and Hedges,” he explained. And they were both die hard fans of Bensusan of course.

So anyway, I came early, and I’m glad I did. I was able to talk a bit with him and see his son play a bit. And also, my publishing client Michael Krasny came by to chat a bit, but didn’t stay for the show. This guy’s house is absolutely awesome. It’s on an inlet with a fantastic view of the inlet waters and also Mount Tam.  I was sitting stage right and got to listen to Susan sing while I watched the sunset over the mountains! Pretty damm cool! Bruce has a pretty cool and dedicated scene he’s creating. One of the volunteers, Nusi, keeps a blog about the shows she attends on Myspace. 

The show went well, and thanks to Nusi for the vids. We also got to hang out a bit after the show. It turned out I had stupidly forgotten to include two songs– they just happened to be Susan’s– in the program. So we played those over a bit of wine with the guys and– one very cool friend of Susan’s– after the show. Susan’s friend is named Sally Steele. She’s a wedding planner, apparently, but with a name like that she should definitely consider writing harlequin novels! She’s extremely funny and dramatic, so I imagine she’d be quite good at that…. Thanks for the photos…

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Brian Gore and Susan Z