Balance

by Michael Garfield

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Music for discovering the peace you are...with plenty of adventure, longing, glitch, and psychedelia along the way.

Improvised live without studio overdubs on acoustic guitar & pedals for Andrew 7 Sealy’s yoga class at Firefly Gathering in Flagstaff, AZ on Saturday, 13 June 2015. Many thanks to everyone involved!

"Phenomenal. I love the blurring of lines between performance-composition, space-time, etc. It's very moving too, and very strange. Awesome stuff."
– JF Martel, author of Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice

"You have inspired me since I first came across you , your music was soothing when nothing else would ease the pain that the MS would dish out and pain meds wouldn't help."
– Ryann R-V (Seattle, WA)

––––– About This Release –––––

This is the only audio recording of a moment that descended in the pocked debris field of an old eruption, now a hilly grove of evergreens within a grassy valley deep in Northern Arizona. As the spirit of this place condensed, it clattered through a man-shaped sieve of road-emboldened curiosity and dedication to the task, then killed and resurrected the guitar by using it to channel deep-time grooves through sampled and remixed, responsive, warm, and fluid sound.

What happened there: from wood and magnets, spacey and pastoral rhymes and dreamy neo-minimalist folk-funk evolved some teeth and veered afield to afrobeat and glitch and UFO sound healing, kinda change-your-life shit, and True. Future. Jazz.

One instant reverent and pure as prayer, and then it’s like some weird organic bio-metal fused from everyone’s collected effort that surrounds and holds us, flowing chrome reflecting rainbows. Starting off all kissy, it becomes a party, goes through growing pains, and takes you through them with it, but you GET there – you can catch your breath atop the mountain and behold the epic vista, and we’re all relieved together and we’re all one thing and THAT’S the kinda show it was and is and always is.

When being part of something taking form inspires all of us to grow as well, and tells us through a kind of ritual that circumstances always change – when we involve ourselves – tears flow, the happy ones. This music was created on the spot with only training, no agenda, open mind and heart…

So listen through some quality devices. Better speakers, better sound.

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released September 8, 2015

Cover Photo by Michael Grab | gravityglue.com

Reverse Photo by Brian Bradley | fb.com/brianbradleyphoto

Music & Design by Michael Garfield | michaelgarfield.net

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Michael Garfield Austin, Texas

Pedal-heavy percussive acoustic guitar psych-western Cosmic Americana. Marrying the singer-solo-guitarist and electronic live producer, Michael welcomes listeners into his lush and atmospheric, driving and dynamic spaces spanning folk tradition and the avant-garde. ... more

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