Duets: Bruce Arnold, Olivier Ker Ourio by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company



Bruce Arnold–Guitar

Olivier Ker Ourio—Harmonica

The Meeting

Music festivals bring musicians from all over the world together, and wonderful projects evolve from these meetings. When harmonica virtuoso Olivier Ker Ourio (France) met electric guitarist Bruce Arnold (USA) at an international jazz festival in Monterrey Mexico they both felt a strong musical kinship. Olivier visited the USA a few months later, and he and Bruce took time to create a CD’s worth of duets based on Bruce’s compositions simply entitled “Duets”

A Transformation

A transformation occurs when any piece of music originally arranged for several instruments is condensed into the duet form. In this case, the sweet and wistful timbre of Olivier’s harmonica lends a warm familiarity to even the most angular of Arnold’s compositions. Arnold, who is known for his fiery excursions into the land of twelve-tone soloing is content to be the bedrock here, holding down harmony and grooves while Ker Ourio swoops and glides with the melodies.

A Master Harmonica Player

Olivier Ker Ourio is one of France’s greatest jazz harmonica players. He has recorded and toured with France’s top jazz musicians, and created his own CDs to great critical acclaim. But his is a divided nationality–born in France but raised on the island of Reunion, he has returned again and again to this place that was his formative home. His CD “Sominnkér” was a collaboration with Daniel Waro, the island’s great maloya vocalist and was immediately recognized as an important cross-cultural work. He continually tours and records for CDs, television, films, and to appear on radio and television programs in France.

The Composer

Bruce Arnold has been working with twelve-tone music for the past ten years persistently refining and developing its application to modern jazz composition and improvisation. The LA Times said “Arnold deserves credit for his effort to expand the jazz palette” and his three CDs (“Blue Eleven” “A Few Dozen” and “Give ‘Em Some”) have all received universal praise from both jazz and classical circles. Mr. Arnold divides his time between composing and performing as well as writing books for music education.

The tracks:

  • Spurge
  • Blue Lotus
  • Reflection
  • Consistancy
  • Repetitive Behavior
  • A Day in the Badlands
  • Spurge
  • Release
  • Blues for Arnie
  • Endless Reflection

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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.