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Goldie Gallery presents: Michael Waters
You have never heard an acoustic guitar do the things Michael Waters coaxes it to do – the layers and complexity, pure harmonic structures and powerful emotive pathways – all produced in a quiet simplicity under a candlelit cedar branch. And neither will the style of composition fit into any genre, it has have its own platform, referred to (almost tongue-in-cheek) as ‘Acoustic Psychedelic Chill’.
This is the result of an unusual 40-year journey, founded on Michael's encounter with an obscure but very old spiritual tradition that traces a continuous line back to Sumeria. Having chosen not to become a professional musician at the outset of a 10-year period of travel, Michael adapted his approach to music to become more of a spiritual practice, a search for the source of truth and beauty. In keeping with such a tradition – the likes of which are still in practice in Asia and India – his first genuine composition came after 20 years of playing. This was followed by 13 more years with no compositions, until in 2004, working with the medicine traditions of the Amazon, he advanced again and has been composing ever since. He began performing publicly shortly after and has slowly gained a following mostly with local shows, but also in Paris, New York and Abu Dhabi.
All that does help explain why the sound is so unique. “I have two main bodies of work” he says. “One is about the night and the journey through the mystery, the darkness. There is a sense of longing, yet great beauty and respect. The other is about the daytime, the dance and the harvest, the celebration of the known. This is The Farmer’s Cathedral, and the recording that will be released at the Bowen Island concert.”
As a guitarist, all his compositions are in open tunings, following the lead of other great players like Pierre Bensusan and Joni Mitchell. For his instrument, unlike many guitar masters, Michael only has one guitar, the same $90 Yamaki he bought 40 years ago. “After being played so long, the wood is now awake, and can resonate complex harmonics in a way that you will not hear in the most expensive new guitar on the market,” Michael says. “I was just lucky that I happened to buy a guitar that ages very, very well.”
Michael Water’s Bowen Island performance is being presented by the Goldie Gallery and will take place on Saturday September 28 at the Gallery at Artisan Square, with a social at 6:30 p.m. at the Goldie Gallery and music at 7:45 p.m. next door. “Michael has many fans on the island and we are looking forward to his concert and having an Artisan Square Artwalk for concert goers. As well as the Gallery at Artisan Square, and Goldie Gallery, the Juniper Gallery, Rob Wall Gallery, Arts Pacific Gallery and Cloud Flower Clayworks will all be open to the public to enjoy their current exhibitions,” says David Goldie. “The Goldie Gallery will be serving refreshments and finger food. Great music and art to nourish ears and eyes and some food and drink to keep energy levels up.”
Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at Phoenix, The Goldie Gallery and at the door.
For more information please visit www.ladybirdmusic.com.