'SUBTLE HINT' is Ferguson's CD release, the 3rd. Electric and acoustic sounds from his guitars are heard. From rock and jazz and classical, Romantic & Baroque, To Hindustani rag, Eastern European Folk, And many more a genre are explored and rendered here, Mixed and blended, found, invented, all for you to hear, With saxist Noah Peterson, Chris Goldthorpe on the bass, Drummer Kevin Cosgrove, tabla-ist Tzara keeping pace. Eighty minutes, twenty tunes, all in their finished state, Many nice suprises there, within the tracks, await. Subtle Hint Tracks: 1) Liberation (K. Ferguson) - Passion for what it should be, a twist of irony bespoke... 2) Fugued Rachenitsa (K. Ferguson) - Modern electric fusion of Baroque & Eastern European Folk 3) Chaconne - Chaconne by J. Sebastian Bach, performed on an electric axe. 4) Technology Has Replaced Us All (K. Ferguson) - Technology's replaced us all and here's a stab at what it lacks. 5) Kedar Tease - (K. Ferguson) - Hindustani Rag that comes the closest to harmonic series. 6) Ben's Journey (K. Ferguson) - A tune like this could prove or not the crux of one of Ben's theories. 7) Gotchya Cha Cha (K. Ferguson) - Gotchya or no gotchya, it's a Latin-ish playground. 8) Dante's Nightmare (K. Ferguson) - 'And the wild beasts and the shepherds quickly flee at the sound.' 9) Awaiting The Past (K. Ferguson) - Indulging in and soaking in nostalgic type desires. 10) Morrie's Pie (K. Ferguson) - Moments of rare moods of one who consiously expires. 11) A Fleeting Passion (K. Ferguson) - Passions rise and passions meet, passions dance, a passion fleets. 12) Dafino Vino Tsrveno (Beranche, Macedonian trad. Var.) - Lift and step and lift your feet. Seven and five, together, twelve beats. 13) Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso (Camille Saint-Saens) - He wrote and dedicated this in 1863. 14) Heated Discussions (K. Ferguson) - Voices dance and dart about, and join or fight or flee. 15) Mayday Macedonia (K. Ferguson) - Ima loshi neshta tamu. Shto kje mozhish da pravish? 16) Vivaldi Style (Adapted from Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D) - Of the hundreds of his movements, it's 'Vivaldi style-ish.' 17) Ubava Pizza Rachenizza (K. Ferguson) - 'It's A Beautiful Pizza' is quite the place to dance about. 18) A Night In Portland (K. Ferguson) - Sonic tale of what it's like to be in Portland and go out. 19) So Much For Justice (K. Ferguson) - and so much for poetry. 20) Never Been To New Orleans (K. Ferguson) Ferguson's story behind each track: 1) Liberation (K. Ferguson) - Passion for what it should be, a twist of irony bespoke... This one was written based on a tongue in cheek title that inspired it, 'If Guitar Ruled The Universe.' Without the long story behind it, most people would just assume it's being serious and therefore ridiculously arrogant. It lightened up a bit when it was adapted to focus on the theme of liberation, which is a word that has been abused enough lately to have lost much of it's former meaning. Nevertheless, the melody is a cross-modulated patterned weave of classical, neoclassical Latin American, Eastern European, rock and other styles, along with an alternatively supporting and contrasting bass and drums. The trio played this for over a year before recording it. 2) Fugued Rachenitsa (K. Ferguson) - Modern fusion of Baroque & Eastern European Folk The krivo oro (crooked dance: crooked for the odd meter of the rhythm & oro being line dance that travels in a cirle) with 4 plus 3 = 7 quick beats in Macedonia is commonly known as 'racenica,' pronounced 'rachenitsa.' This is combined with fugue and canon structures, including the simple (round, as in 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'), crab (retrograde, where the same melody starts from the beginning with one voice and at the end going backwards with another) and retrograde inversion (another voice reads the music upside-down, so from the end and inverted), with somewhat hidden snippets of traditional melodies. 3) Chaconne - Chaconne by J. Sebastian Bach, performed on an electric axe. This is one of Bach's most dramatic solo violin pieces from his sonotas and partitas. Unlike the full classical works of 'Strad To Strat,' this version has been abridged from it's original length of over 15 minutes, in part because it's the only way that it could fit on this fully loaded CD. 4) Technology Has Replaced Us All (K. Ferguson) - Technology's replaced us all and here's a stab at what it lacks. The mechanics and 'mechanical-ness' of Baroque counterpointal composition and of technology itself are used impressionistically and literally in this one. 5) Kedar Tease - (K. Ferguson) - Hindustani Rag that comes the closest to harmonic series. After studying music from around the world for many years, some versions of Kedar rag from some regions of ancient India and perhaps some today, are based on a 'that' (rougly meaning scale structure) that comes closest to the 'Overtone Scale', the 7 note scale of the third octave of the natural harmonic series (Note that Raga Bhusavati and Mela Vacaspati also share this characteristic). Since Hindustani classical music is not based on the tempered, but instead pure harmonic intervals, this approximately lydian scale comes closest to harmonic series scale of any traditional or modern musical form I have come across. Performed on an electric guitar, with it's native tempered scale, may be approximated with bends not entirely unlike those found in Hindustani classical music. However, as Kedar is one rag that has been quite varied and adapted across geography and time, it seemed appropriate to further adapt it here, with teasing moments in and out of the harmonic series, the tradition and the modern. 6) Ben's Journey (K. Ferguson) - A tune like this could prove or not the crux of one of Ben's theories. Ben asked me to write a song more along the lines of things he liked, having a theory regarding the consequences. This was an attempt at finding an intersection between what we might both like. 7) Gotchya Cha Cha (K. Ferguson) - Gotchya or no gotchya, it's a Latin-ish playground. This was written after awaking from a dream one morning with the main bass line in my head. The rest was written and recorded that day. 8) Dante's Nightmare (K. Ferguson) - 'And the wild beasts and the shepherds quickly flee at the sound.' From Canto IX of Dante's Inferno, the incredible blood curdling screaming and howling of Megaera, Alecto and Tisiphone, with all the mayhem of other creepy creatures gives this kind of impression. 9) Awaiting The Past (K. Ferguson) - Indulging in and soaking in nostalgic type desires. Though the trio's played this one for years now, it was originally written during an unusually mellow mood moment in the studio one day. The original guitar track from that day was used for this recording. Noah Peterson came in and graciously added his signature sax solo some time later. Finally, Kevin Cosgrove and Chris Goldthorpe added the drums and bass respectively. 10) Morrie's Pie (K. Ferguson) - Moments of rare moods of one who consiously expires. Though 'Tuesdays With Morrie' is quite famous, I had not heard of Morrie until a Ted Koppel television piece chronicalling thier time together as Morrie slowly lost his life over months. Seeing this type of thing is not usual in our society, and puts on in a rare mood in my opinion. This was written immediately after. 11) A Fleeting Passion (K. Ferguson) - Passions rise and passions meet, passions dance, a passion fleets. 12) Dafino Vino Tsrveno (Beranche, Macedonian trad. Var.) - Lift and step and lift your feet. Seven and five, together, twelve beats. This is very non-traditional arrangement of a traditional Macedonian folk song with a Beranche dance rhythm: 3+2+2+3+2. Listen carefully, and you may also recognize some other more Western melodies thrown in. 13) Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso (Camille Saint-Saens) - He wrote and dedicated this in 1863. This is another classical violin piece that has been adapted to the electric guitar. 14) Heated Discussions (K. Ferguson) - Voices dance and dart about, and join or fight or flee. This was intentionally written as an impressionistic piece reflecting the rhtyhm, energy and passion of heated discussions within a group of people. While topics are shared, views may be similar or differ and voices and sometimes personalities are distinct. 15) Mayday Macedonia (K. Ferguson) - Ima loshi neshta tamu. Shto kje mozhish da pravish? Of all of Europe, Macedonia seems to me to be the underdog most overlooked in the west (US & Western Europe), though the UN has forced terrorists (according to the list of terrorists from US State Department) to be in the national government at the cabinet level, violating Macedonia's constitution. While Serbia had certianly aggressive force against the Albanian militants and civilians in thier country, Macedonia has been so concilliatory as to allow armed and murderous take-overs of Tetovo, again with UN pressure. With import quotas of neighbors on all sides and exclusion from trade privaledges of the surrounding region, it is as if sanctions were being imposed on a country simply for being too small and poor to defend itself against this and other exploitations. This original tune using traditional style, and with the rhthmic cycle of a concatenation of Rachenitsa (7 beats), Diachovo (9 beats) and Gankino (11 beats), is an ode to the great and struggling country. 16) Vivaldi Style (Adapted from Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D) - Of the hundreds of his movements, it's 'Vivaldi style-ish.' Most of these passages seem as though Vivaldi had the electric guitar in mind when he wrote them. But no, these were written note for note for the violin. 17) Ubava Pizza Rachenizza (K. Ferguson) - 'It's A Beautiful Pizza' is quite the place to dance about. In Portland's east side, every Tuesday night there's music and dance, including at least one Racenica. This one was written after Balkanalia and first performed at 'It's A Beautiful Pizza.' 18) A Night In Portland (K. Ferguson) - Sonic tale of what it's like to be in Portland and go out. 19) So Much For Justice (K. Ferguson) - and so much for poetry. This one is somewhat impressionistic played over a blend and alternate set of 12/8 polyrhythms: African (also reverse Balkan 'Berenche'), 3/4 and 4/4. The harmonized mix of western and eastern scales gives a little extra tension and bite to this one. 20) Never Been To New Orleans (K. Ferguson) About Kevin Ferguson: Whether subtle or extreme, Kevin Ferguson is a musical adventurer. He is currently performing music culminated from decades of musical exploration including music normally not heard on acoustic or electric guitars, (from the classical violin virtuoso to jazz sax to Balkan Gypsie to Bluegrass Banjo to Indian Rags to Native American 'Ghost Dance Songs') along with the spectrum of music more native to his instrument. Although he has played many styles on many instruments on both coasts, but currently calls Portland, OR his home and guitar his main instrument. His performances have been heard in 5 continents due to airplay and purchases of his CD's since his debut, 'Strad to Strat' which includes virtuoso classical violin showpieces transcribed for electric guitar. After local performances of this music for nearly 2 years (during which the CD stayed on Locals Only's top 24 selling list), Kevin began performing music which is on his latest CD, 'Exotic Extremes': music from 5 continents transcribed for steel string acoustic and electric guitars along with his ensemble, 'Teshkoto.' 'I made a goal of learning at least one tune I liked from every country in the world,' he explains, 'and though I may never reach this goal, it has brought me to some great music so far.' He performs music from Asia (including Nothern Indian Classical Rags, Afghanistan, Pakistani, Chinese, Japanese and others), Africa, The Middle East, Europe (including Balkan and Baltic regions) and the Americas (including a Native American spirit dance song performed prior to the Wounded Knee slaughter). The CD concentrates primarily on the former Ottoman Empire: Macedonia, Bulgaria, Rumania/Serbia and the Middle East. Learning about other cultures has been quite rewarding for him as well. In studying Northern Indian Classical, he has taken lessons from Portland's Indian transplant Nisha Goshi, a student of a student of Ravi Shankar, for example. In addition, he performed percussion for Indian music with Shri Ravi Shankar (no relation) at Portland's 'Old Church.' Many of the areas ethnic communities have been quite open to sharing their music. Kevin Ferguson studied Music Theory and Composition with Carmen Rodrigez-Peralta of New York's Julliard School of Music. While in NY, he wrote and performed original jazz/rock tunes with 'Trazee' and punk rock with 'The Quaaludes.' While on the east coast he played in theater orchestras, jazz, pop rock and even country bands. He has recently been creating new original tunes, as well as developing his own new improvisational style (and music theory extending western and Hindustani classical theories) with all the above along with other influences such as salsa, swing, metal, maqam...the list goes on and on. Kevin's musical projects have earned the following praise: 'It's bloody amazing what I hear...' -- Richard Karsmarkers, ST NEWS & Bacil Magazine, Netherlands 'F(Censored)ING BRILLIANT!!!!!!! It's magic stuff. I love it...' -- Douglas Johnston, 'The Flying Scotsman,' URY Radio, York, U.K. 'The CD is amazing!' -- The Campbell Brothers, Internet's HARDRADIO '...the playing is impressive. Very impressive.' -- Mike Taylor, Gibralter Magazine 'Roll Over, Niccolo. Actually, maestro Paganini probably would have approved...' -- Oregonian, A&E, Best Bets For The Week, Dec. 15-21, 1995 'It's an intriguing sound...' -- David MacLaine, Willamette Week. '...fantastic (translated)...' -- Esquire Magazine, The Netherlands 'Again great album! ...guitar skills are excellent and I would even call it 'elegant'.' -- Janell Duxbury, author, 'Rockin' the Classics and Classicizin' The Rock,' Greenwood Press 'I loved it. I was amazed at (Ferguson's) technique' -- Tim Rice, Ethnomusicology Dept. Chair UCLA & author of 'May It Fill Your Soul.' '...he has succeeded impressively.' -- Peter T. Thelen, Expose' '...some of the most brilliant works in classical music with searing, blistering electric guitar.' -- Cai Campbell, Cosmik Debris E-Zine 'Quite amazing and unique work.' -- Ford Prefect, The Beginning 87.9FM, Radio Free Seattle '...great, very interesting I must say, very talented as well.' -- Aaron Nakama, Station Manager CKUL 99.7 FM, Canada 'Many people says that CD is fine.' -- Zbigniew Zych, Radio Akademickie Krakow, Poland 'His playing is like nothing you can imagine. Amazing speed and technical abilities blended well with beautiful melodies.' -- Evan Hadley, Evan Hadley Band.