‘Dances with silence’ is an album with a story; a solo album from a jazz-guitarist on an 8-string bouzouki definitely needs some explanation.
Marnix Busstra uses this instrument for many years now, but always as an ‘instrument on the side’, next to his main instrument the jazz-guitar. The way he uses this instrument is not in the classical way it’s used in Greek or Irish music. He tunes it in a way it more or less sounds like an oriental instrument and he plays it in his very ‘own’ way.
The whole album has a specific sound and ambience, there is a lot of ‘silence’ in it. But it’s not the usual ‘new age meditation’ kind of silence, but silence with a lot of melody and expression.
The repertoire is a combination of his own compositions and some classics like ‘Norwegian wood’, ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and ‘She’s always a woman’.
This album is released by Rhapsody Analogue Recordings, a label specialized in high end recordings; https://www.rhapsodyanalogrecordings.com/
Marnix Busstra - 8-string bouzouki
|1||Dance with silence: minor||M. Busstra||2.52|
|2||Somewhere over the rainbow||H. Arlen||3.30|
|3||Little boy on the hill||M. Busstra||4.05|
|4||Along the dirt road||M. Busstra||3.11|
|5||The chord||M. Busstra||2.06|
|6||Fields of gold||Sting||3.52|
|7||Dance with silence: major||M. Busstra||3.32|
|8||Peaceful daydream||M. Busstra||3.05|
|9||The mighty hunter||M. Busstra||3.45|
|10||Norwegian wood||J. Lennon/P. McCartney||3.04|
|11||She’s always a woman||B. Joel||3.17|
|12||Dance with silence: lydian||M. Busstra||3.06|
|total playing time:||43:50|
released: January 2023
label: Rhapsody Analogue Recordings