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Mikael Máni - Guitar Poetry [CD]

Act Music

  • £13.77

Format: CD
Catalogue No.: ACT9984-2
Barcode: 0614427998422
Release Date: 29 Mar 2024
Genre: Jazz

 “I love the music of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan,” says Icelandic guitarist Mikael Máni. Those words bring us to the core of what ‘Guitar Poetry’, Máni’s debut release on ACT, is all about. This album introduces an instrumentalist who brings passion and expertise not just to his refined and subtle compositions but also to his vivid and fluent improvisation, and who combines all this with a highly skilled singer-songwriter’s clarity and directness. His multi-layered music functions well, and on many levels. Mikáel Mani calls it a mixture of jazz, rock and impressionism. Yet he never loses the idea of being both accessible and sophisticated. He doesn’t just stimulate listeners intellectually, he also knows how to cut straight through to the emotions.
 Mikael Máni’s mastery of presenting contrasts and of springing musical surprises is exceptional for one so young. And he is also a guitarist with his very own signature style, one which does not lend itself to categorisation within the usual spectrum of the instrument in jazz.
 His jazz leanings are more evident in his approach to playing than in any obvious affiliation with the genre or the canon. In fact, folk-derived techniques such as finger-picking, or echoes of the blues, Americana and Nordic songs and a unique, cinematic quality are more in evidence. But perhaps most importantly, whereas Máni plays purely instrumentally, his music - always and un-mistakably - sings.
 Here is an artist for whom the shallowness of competitive virtuosity or instrumental vanity are completely alien. Mikael Máni lets his music flow and creates intensity, sometimes through calm and relaxation, sometimes through energy and small outbursts that can explode briefly from any tonality into noise, only to either find their way back or discover completely new ways out.
 The concept of storytelling in music may have been desperately over-worked and become a cliché, but that, quite simply, is what Máni does: all the songs on ‘Guitar Poetry’ tell stories, open up spaces and landscapes, draw pictures. And they are the reflection of a guitarist who is as unconventional as he is musically approachable, an extroverted introvert whose whole way of being is to assert the primacy of expression and emotion.

She’ll Arrive Between 10 & 11
Katie, Not Klara
What Once Was
Next Time
Tvær stjörnur
Arachne‘s Magical Weaving
The Whole Story
You Know How This Will
Waiting for the Tram
Maturing Backwards
Closing the Book

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