Some years ago I have discovered the Art of Time Ensemble, a Toronto based ensemble, which had given a performance of the complete Beatles album Abbey Road in 2010 which was then just 40 years old. The concert had been available on the website of the CBC.
This year another iconic album by the Beatles gets 50 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Art of Time Ensemble played their version of this album in 2012 – and luckily the complete concert is available as a youtube playlist. A great performance of one of the best music albums of the history.
First, here is a video of the Song “Lovely Rita”
Playlist Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (audio)
The Beatles’ iconic album was released 50 years ago, but still sounds as fresh and genius as ever.
Art of Time Ensemble’s world-class orchestra performs with singers from the pop world – Steven Page (formerly of the Barenaked Ladies), Craig Northey (Odds), Andy Maize (Skydiggers) and John Mann (Spirit of the West) – in this vivid reimagination of The Beatles’ iconic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Recorded live in concert, June 2012
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto
Art of Time Ensemble’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is touring! Click here for dates http://www.aote.ca/
Website Art of Time Ensemble
Led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way you experience music. Fusing high art and popular culture in concerts that juxtapose the best of each genre, Art of Time entertains as it enlightens, revealing the universal qualities that lie at the heart of all great music.
youtube channel Art of Time
Erik Mongrain has developed a technique to perfection which is known as Air Tap. For playing this Air Tap technique the guitar is not played in the normal position but is laid flat in front of the the player and is played simultaneously by both hands.
The left hand produces the tones by hammering down the fingers onto the fretboard and the strings – a technique that has been known for a long tine, but which has mainly been used for playing small ornaments. The possibility of amplification now makes it possible that this technique can be used for playing not just ornaments but complete melodies or even chords just with the left hand alone.
The right hand is used to pick the strings with the traditional fingerpicking patterns, but also to produce a number of percussion effects and harmony tones. By this two-hand technique a full and complex sound is produced which does not sound like a single guitar but almost like a complete guitar ensemble.
In 2004 Erik Mongrain has played the following piece in a Canadian talent show:
Erik Mongrain – Airtap 2004 – Party de Noël
Prestation d’Érik Mongrain au Party de Noël des Pourris de Talent.Décembre 2004
In 2012 he has played “Rewind” from his album “Forward” at the Canadian Guitar Festival:
CGF 2012: Erik Mongrain – “Rewind”
Erik Mongrain – “Rewind” (original).
Live, at the Canadian Guitar Festival 2012
August 4, 2012, Loughborough Lake, Kingston, Ontario
Erik performs an original tune from his 2012 album “Forward”.
Erik Mongrain has first used this technique when busking because it attacted a lot of people. Now he uses this often at the beginning of concerts to get rid of his stage-fright. He is currently working on new compositions for a new album supported by a campaign with indiegogo.
Playlist Erik Mongrain
Amazon Partnerlinks for the CDs Fates (2007) and Equlibrium (2008) by Erik Mongrain: