Aspiration

Featuring:

Bruce Arnold–Guitar

Dusan Bogdanovic –Guitar

Two Master Guitarists + 18 tracks = Acoustic Improv Heaven

Dusan Bogdanovic and Bruce Arnold wring all the possibilities out of twelve strings in
Aspiration

The improvised duet is a singularly revealing format. Two players enter into a temporary relationship, bonding on the most profound levels of intellectual curiosity and risk taking. Technical and artistic facility is a given. Trust is essential. In “Aspiration” two virtuosos enter into that relationship and give us 18 short pieces, filled with delicacy and darkness, ambience and adventure.

Expression and Communication

Both musicians are accomplished in their own right, with an impressive list of accomplishments and critical praise. Both have played with the best in the field. Both are considered innovators. Upon meeting they immediately sensed affinities, and decided to document several sessions. The only structure agreed upon was that the pieces would be brief. Close listening reveals the degree to which these two guitarists are able to express themselves on their instruments and to communicate with each other at lightening speed.

Aspiration

But no matter how accomplished the artist, there is always another level of achievement to strive for. The music on “Aspiration” quite literally breaks new ground; documenting an aesthetic adventure from medieval sounds to the intricacies of cutting edge contemporary jazz and classical music. Bruce Arnold and Dusan Bogdanovic here aspire and conspire to meet the challenge of creating spontaneous and breathing musical spaces.

The tracks :

  • A Soft Viennese
  • Night Thrills
  • Towards
  • Quivering
  • Felliniesque
  • On A Tightrope
  • And Now For Something Completely Different
  • Bait And Switch
  • Catwalk
  • Musings
  • Antibes
  • Bebimbop
  • Tributary
  • Digressions
  • Miraculous
  • Aspiration
  • Runaround

 

 

           

  • “...Bogdanovic’s playing simply acts as a vehicle for his luminous, multicultural compositions. But what playing! Wielding a solo classical guitar, Dusan handles tricky polymeters, Balkan melodies, startling counterpoint, and oud- inspired improvised lines with nuance and sinewy grace. The depth of ideas and clarity of his playing borders on spooky. If you love guitar, you must investigate this jewel.”
    --Guitar Player,

 

 

  • “Jazz guitarist and composer Bruce Arnold teaches at Princeton University and stubbornly experiments with musical matter that was found almost hopeless to deal with by the so called “third stream” of the 50s. Mr. Arnold’s experiments, which combine contemporary classical methods - 12-tone system, Hildegarde von Bingen, Indian shamen have been unexpectedly well received even by the rather conservative Down Beat.
    --Newsweek

 

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Muse-Eek Publishing Company is a publishing house with a broad focus on music education. Muse-Eek also publishes fine art and poetry books, and has its own record label, Muse-Eek Records. Our online presence, Muse-Eek.com specializes in the publication of music workbooks, video courses and sound and video recordings that teach the foundation of good musicianship through groundbreaking and innovative methods along with traditional methods that have been taught for centuries. These historic methods date back through centuries of great musicians and educators. To see these interesting relationship please see Bruce Arnold's Music Education Genealogy Chart which tells you a lot about the where many of his educational ideas took root and some of the educational pillars that are evident throughout the books you find on this website. The Muse-Eek Records catalogue contains a diverse selection of music much of it by Bruce Arnold in collaboration with some of today's best players in classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. These are available in CD, DVD and mp3 formats. We believe in a working relationship with our music education customers; they are free to interact with the author after purchasing a book to help them through any material they don’t understand or which they need further clarification. We also have a member's area which contains a wealth of free information to help a student understand music at a deeper level and access additional files for our books. Many of our books offer cutting edge ideas regarding ear training, guitar technique, rhythm and time. These methods have a proven track record. Our main author Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School and NYU. Along with Mr. Arnold's publications on the Muse-eek.com website he has also written books and appeared in educational DVDs for MelBay and Truefire. Over the years Mr Arnold has used his experiences with his students to develop a program that can elevate a musician's ability to world class caliber. If you have questions about any of our books or recordings please send us an email. Along with general questions about either our record label or our publishing company we also welcome questions to help a student choose the proper materials to reach their goals. We have over 300 products to help you learn any style of music and to develop your musicianship to its peak. We also make recommendations for practice schedules for students who use our methods to get the most out of their study time. This, along with personal interaction with Bruce through email, nurtures the student's ability through a closely monitored situation, ensuring there is no wasted time or misunderstanding.