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Neil Campbell's Ghost Stories

Neil Campbell classical guitar
Anne Taft soprano (Ghost Stories)
Shaun Taft visuals (Ghost Stories)

Liverpool composer and multi-instrumentalist Neil Campbell's work traverses minimalism, progressive rock, world music & jazz. He has been called 'an outstanding guitarist whose originality of thought makes him far more than just another gifted purveyor of finger acrobatics' by Classical Guitar Magazine, and his work has been referred to by Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) as 'music of serious quality and distinction'.

Ghost Stories (2007) started life as a number of short sketches for classical guitar which Neil Campbell was interested in enhancing through the use of electronics, in collaboration with electronic musician Michael Beiert. After working with harmonies on The Neil Campbell Collective's Particle Theory album, Anne Taft was invited to sing on some Ghost Stories pieces. The various short movements were then developed into a coherent suite of music segued together by an electronic soundscape built by Michael Beiert using samples of Anne Taft's voice.

Compositionally Ghost Stories draws on French impressionistic music such as Debussy and Satie, ambient music such as that of Harold Budd or Brian Eno, as well as some jazz (especially Pat Metheny) and progressive rock (particularly Steve Hackett). The music is delicate, shadowy, slow, atmospheric and elegiac. Performed along with the visuals, produced by Shaun Taft, the piece becomes a meditation on memories of people, spaces, emotions and objects.

Neil will perform an exciting up-tempo opening set of original music for solo guitar in which he uses loops and delays to expand the scope of the solo classical guitar. In the second half of the concert he will be joined by soprano Anne Taft for a complete performance of Ghost Stories.


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