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Tar Gui

by Martin Kirkegaard

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    2 LP (140 g black vinyl in gatefold cover) with Booklet (12 pages), Sketches for guitar (tabs) & download code for the album (with 3 bonus outtakes). There are two tracks on vinyl only. The album comes in 12" blake sleeve with black sticker on front. Vinyl is limited to 300 copies.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Tar Gui via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 4 days

      200 DKK

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    "Along The River Dee" & "Along The lui Water" is on vinyl only.

      42 DKK  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    This is the test press for Tar Gui (DAF0120W). White label with no letters on the cover.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Tar Gui via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      200 DKK

     

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Tar Gui 08:02
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Farka 04:40
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Rodhånd 15:24
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Vildhest 05:15
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Springdans 05:09
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Bark 05:29
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Åndedræt 04:48
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Tar Gui (DAF0120W) is played by real hands in the present. It's recorded as heard, and each take is a whole take of something real (no overdubs). It is full of decolorization, beauty spots, open wounds, small animals, love, rashes and other qualities. Here, no robot can hit the real edges of the music. It's music between the man and his wood.

Reviews

"Martin’s superbly packaged double album is filled with track notes, tunings and different juicy knowledge and the track is simply as bountiful. A suite of deep and wealthy solo guitar and outdated beat-up banjo instrumentals, Tar Gui is excellent. This unpigeon-holeable artist’s track brings in components of jazz and blues, together with drawn-out raga items. Deeply rewarding". UK Folk Radio (Glenn Klipton)

"A regular masterpiece that in its own soothing way emphasizes the music's own primordial power - and the talent that Martin Kirkegaard obviously has as one of the music's dexterous communicators”.
Review by “Side 33” (Mads Kornum)

"Tar Gui is a beautifully crafted play that is recommended for many music listeners and especially those who do not want to waste their time on superfluous coincidence. One of this year's albums - across genres".
Review by Niels Overgård Jazzblog (jazznyt)

"Among the dozen songs of the vinyl, 'Spring Dance' should be highlighted because it lights up separately in the set list. The composition 'Farka' also stands out as something very special due to its pushing drive".
Review by LoftsKammer (Martin Loftskammer)

Biography
Martin Kirkegaard (1976 - ) is a danish contemporary folk musician rooted in the improvisational aspect of the music based on the narrative storytelling. “real music should always have a real story to tell. A story that emanates from the moment of conception” he comments. His melodies and sketches come from the free space between his instrument and himself. Though he comes from a Blues and Jazz background he considered himself a folk musician but draws upon everything he hears. “Don`t box me in” he says. ”The world consists of sounds just waiting to get articulated”. In the light of this his travel to Africa has made a big and lasting impression on him and his way of looking at his instrument. Especially the string instruments of West Africa has inspired his guitarwork quiet a bit. And together with his travel to Scotland and The United States he has gathered a connection (in his mind) between the different folk music of the continents. He believes that every music is connected one way or the other. Of course he has his heroes (Robbie Basho, Ali Farka Toure, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Miles Davis, Ravi Shankar, Albert Ayler ect.) and his favorite patterns and colors but he always try to remodel, disassemble and translate the sounds he hears. On rare occasions he can play a covertune but he prefers to write/create/play everything himself. “It doesn`t fell right to me playing other people`s music. Maybe it is because I know it is not mine. I fell it is some others story that I am telling - it is a kind of an alienation”. Martin also believes in obstructions in music. He considers obstructions as a remedy for creating. And his most significant obstruction must be that he does not work with overdubs. Everything must be played as heard in real time. “That way I can make my music more authentic. I feel that I can be present in the moment on a hole other level. Maybe it is considered “old school” but I like it that way. You know, it is just a man and his instrument – a craftsman in process” he says.

For many years he played in the trio DaFuGa that toured around Denmark for almost 8 years. Since then he has worked as a solo guitarist. In this context he has played concerts in Denmark at museums, festivals, small venues ect. The response has been surprising good (considered the somewhat narrow music genre) and his repeating patterns and almost hypnotic way of playing has left a lasting impression on the audience.    

Tar Gui is his official solo album debut (on vinyl) and consists of 10 pieces for guitar and 2 for banjo. It is an album full of decolorization, beauty spots, open wounds, small animals, love, rashes and other qualities. Here, no robot can hit the real edges of the music. It's music between man and wood.

The interview where done by
Nitram Coltyard, May 2020

credits

released June 15, 2020

Album information
Cat. No.: DAF0120W
Format: LP / Download
Sound engineer: Ditte Grube Barild
Guitar, harmonica, banjo, voice, perkussion, layout, lyrics, composer and producer: Martin Kirkegaard
Master: David Elberling (The Village, Vanløse)
Vinylprint: Handle With Care (Berlin, Germany)

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Martin Kirkegaard (1976 - ) is a danish contemporary folk musician rooted in the improvisational aspect of music. His melodies and sketches comes from the free space between his instrument and himself.

Tar Gui is his official solo album debut (on vinyl) and consists of 10 pieces for guitar and 2 for banjo.
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