Matt Borghi Live @ Leelanau Uncaged Northport, MI – Saturday, September 30

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From email announcement…

Hello,

Matt here. I haven’t written in a while, as I don’t like to waste this opportunity to contact you, but there’s some big and exciting news for fans of Manitou, The Phantom Light and Huronic Minor.

I’ve been asked to do a special one-time performance in Northport, Michigan as part of the Leelanau Uncaged festival on Saturday, September 30, 2017. This festival is FREE. This performance will focus on live interpretations of various Manitou recordings, including All Points NorthLandscape, Histories and SentimentShadows of a Detroit Winter Sun, as well as The Phantom Light and Huronic Minor.

This is going to be a special performance: Autumn in Michigan, but not just in Michigan, but in Northport on the Leelanau Peninsula (the little finger of the Michigan glove jutting out into Lake Michigan). I’ll be performing at the historic Willowbrook Mill (built in 1875!). If there was ever a time of year and a specific setting that could be the spiritual birthplace of my music, this as close as any I can think of. If you’re a fan of this music, this is a once in a lifetime event.

I’ve created a special CD, True North, that will only be sold at this performance, highlighting the compositions featured. There’s more information at the Leelanau Uncaged site. If you’re not familiar with Northport, it’s at the most northern tip of the storied M-22 highway, in the heart of northern Michigan wine country, about 40 minutes up the road from Traverse City and next to the magical Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — This is beautiful country, some of the best the world has to offer!

Again, here are the details:

What: Matt Borghi performing live selections from Manitou, The Phantom Light and Huronic Minor at Leelanau Uncaged festival
Where: Willowbrook Mill, Northport, MI, Leelanau Peninsula
When: September 30, 2017, Evening (hopefully at Sunset)
Cost: Free

I hope to see you there, and if you do, please introduce yourself.

– Matt

Also, here are a couple of recent long form ambient works that you might be interested in:

Gray’s Reef

Gray’s Reef an hour-long, improvised ambient guitar meditation inspired by the Gray’s Reef Light in northern Lake Michigan, in some ways an extension piece to Manistee North Pierhead and North Manitou Island Shoal from The Phantom Light. If you’re a fan of these recordings, you’ll really enjoy Gray’s Reef.

Parallax Drone

In the creation of this piece I’ve worked to create a texture or sonic fabric that’s labyrinthine, a place where one’s mind’s eye, and one’s mind’s ear could get lost following the shifting and juxtaposing sonic symmetries, like a musical mandala. I often thought of Philip Glass’ (now out of print) Early Works when working on this piece. I wanted to create something with a textural depth that the listener could retreat ‘into’. It’s not airy or spacey, but is quite dense, thick even, in its use of frequencies as sonic color and the equalization of those frequencies.

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New Music – Parallax Drone

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New long form work, Parallax Drone is up at Bandcamp – https://mattborghi.bandcamp.com/

 

In the creation of this piece I’ve worked to create a texture or sonic fabric that’s labyrinthine, a place where one’s mind’s eye, and one’s mind’s ear could get lost following the shifting and juxtaposing sonic symmetries, like a musical mandala. I often thought of Philip Glass’ (now out of print) Early Works when working on this piece. I wanted to create something with a textural depth that the listener could retreat ‘into’. It’s not airy or spacey, but is quite dense, thick even, in its use of frequencies as sonic color and the equalization of those frequencies.

Manitou – Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun

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Purchase Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun here on Bandcamp.

Manitou’s Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun is the most recent homage to the city of Detroit, a journey that began in 2006 with All Points North, continued with 2015’s Landscape, Histories and Sentiment and continues exploring the poetics of a disappearing Detroit.

Manitou’s Detroit is the ‘Paris of the Midwest’ a term coined in the mid-twentieth century to allude to the beauty and grandeur that was Detroit. The city’s decay was captured with the pre-bankruptcy All Points North, but the homage to what was began to be captured withLandscape, Histories and Sentiment and continues with Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun. 

Manitou, is nothing, if not a vehicle for the sentimental and nostalgic feelings that I have of my paternal grandparents coming here from Europe and my maternal grandparents coming north from the hollers of Appalachia to work and make better lives for themselves in that ‘Paris of the Midwest’ at a time when possibility and majestic grandeur were ubiquitous in Detroit.

Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sunmostly, is concerned with buildings and landmarks that are long gone, Water Works Park, Russell House, the Algiers Motel and some not so long gone, such as the Park Avenue Hotel which was recently razed to make way for the new Little Caesars Area (where the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons will begin playing in the fall of 2017) or the Eight Mile Wall, which was kind of like our very own segregated dividing line, ala the Berlin Wall, that you don’t hear much about… There are many history lessons here, probably, but I’m most concerned with the ghosts of yesterday and what they can tell us today about tomorrow.

Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun will only be released on Bandcamp, initially, and will go to Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc… eventually… a CD of Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun will happen if there’s enough interest.

Matt Borghi – Ambient Guitar – NEW RELEASE

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Ambient Guitar is Matt Borghi’s first solo recording capturing the style of performance that he’s usually only done with saxophonist, Michael Teager, as part of their Borghi | Teager duo. With Ambient Guitar, Matt Borghi’s influences are on full display, from a resonant acknowledgement of Brian Eno, in the manner of production and texture to melodic elements that fuse in Harold Budd, Robert Fripp and the late Jerry Garcia that’s particularly reminiscent of his work on the Zabriskie Point soundtrack.

Matt Borghi’s Ambient Guitar is a texturally rich, unassuming and restrained recording that highlights Matt Borghi at his musical best.

Ambient Guitar is available in a variety of formats at the links below, including:

Matt Borghi – After Otherwise Out Now on Sweden’s Mareld Label

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With everything that’s been going on with the musical endeavors of Michael Teager and myself I haven’t focused much on my solo work, but back in August I signed a deal with the Swedish label Sub.Stream and their subsidiary Mareld to release a new solo recording called After Otherwise.

After Otherwise is a very personal musical journey. It’s not the ambient music you might be used to from me, but rather it’s a downtempo release with songs, spoken poetry, vocals, something I haven’t done since Olagra, but more than it being a musical journey, it was a personal journey for me. This recording represents that the absolute pinnacle of my production and musical abilities. There are parts that are reminiscent of Pat Metheny’s Are You Going With Me, my delta blues influences crept in as I approached Own Way, and there’s also just a lot of straight-up funk that has a sort of Fila Brazillia vibe.

With all of the ambient-centric work that I’ve been doing with Teager and the prepping of the Star’s End release it was easy to loose track of the 4+ years I put into After Otherwise. I started and stopped After Otherwise at least a dozen times. Sometimes, I would just get to frustrating creative impasse and felt, because this work was so different than all of my other work, it was a waste of time. As an artist, constantly pushing the creative envelope and creative growth, it can be challenging. It can be doubly challenging when you feel like you need to pursue something, but there’s no precedent for the work that you’re trying to pursue. As Joseph Campbell says, “We create our precedents for our lives…” and in so doing, sometimes, you have to just jump in and keep at it.

With all of that said, I can say that when working on the recording, I was never anything totally inspired, as it was a project that refused to die. I kept getting sucked in and immersed in the project. I think that I probably recorded several dozen tracks, finally distilling it down to thirteen. This was also a great chance to record Michael Teager playing sax on a variety of tunes in less of ambient context, some of which you can hear in The Raven below.

I created all of the videos below to highlight the music, but also because I like editing video and putting it to music. Enjoy.

Official Announcement: Matt Borghi & Michael Teager at Gathering and Star’s End in Philadelphia

 

Matt Borghi The Gathering Philadelphia

The Gatherings Concert Series presents Vic Hennegan and Dave Luxton plus Matt Borghi & Michael Teager live in concert on Saturday 19 October 2013 at 8:00PM in the church sanctuary of St. Mary’s Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia. Admission: $20 cash at the door. Advance Tickets are available at a discount throughhttp://www.ticketweb.com. Proceeds to benefit CIMA of PA. For complete details please access: http://www.thegatherings.org

Following The Gatherings Vic Hennegan, Dave Luxton and Matt Borghi & Michael Teager will play on into the night on the 20 October 2013 broadcast of STAR’S END Ambient Radio. For complete details please access: http://www.starsend.org