Nylon for Now
Self-taught instrumentalist, guitarist for \'Joe O'Donnells Shkayla\' and 91db. Si Hayden picked up a guitar at age 10, gigged with numerous bands from age 15, solo guitar shows from age 22, recorded, performed, toured as musical director for plays and composed theatre scores, soundtracks and instrumentals for the likes of the Belgrade Theatre, bbc Radio 4, various compilations, featured on many albums, singles and along with 3 solo instrumental guitar albums, has been performing, recording and composing ever since. Reviews \'...a guitarist\'s guitar player...\'(Susan Frances, jazzreview) \'...amazing guitarist...\' (Peter Lang, fingerstyle pioneer) \'...a very cool and unique gift...\' (Florida guitar legend Mike Pachelli) \'...simply blew us away with his intricate finger skills...\' (BBC C&W) Fans of guitar virtuosity should check out Si Hayden...\' ©Chip Withrow (musesmuse.com) \'one-man musical magician fusing funk, jazz and a splash of drum\'n\'bass in a single flamenco styled nylon-stringed guitar\' (The Warwick Core) \'His solo classical-Spanish style guitar playing, peppered with pepper, funk and drumnbass, takes your breath away like a sledgehammer to the chest\' (The Shiznit Magazine) \'Si Hayden left members of the audience in wonder of how anyone could deliver such harmony and rhythms of complexity using a six string, steel strung acoustic guitar\' (Alvin Leon, AquiredTaste) \'A classical Spanish style guitarist, who will blow you away with his jazz, latin and funk infused songs. How he manages it all on just a 6 string guitar still amazes us. You will have to see him to believe it! (AcousticLounge, Clapham) Album Reviews \'it's a ripper CD... very, very good!\' (Steve Passiouras, PBS FM on \'Steel Roots\') \'gives a fine display of Americana.. and there is some finger lickin' pickin' going on here..\' (\'Is this music magazine\' on \'Steel Roots\') \'fast killer chops on most tracks.. "Moondance".. a true piece of art.. at times he reminds me of Tuck Andress in his jazzy approach with a lot of rhythm and bass runs going on\' (\'Bridge Guitar Reviews\' on \'Steel Roots\') \'Pascal Vigne goes in a swift swirl around Christophe Godin\'s country picking, while Si Hayden with Michael Berk deliver an acoustic pearl called \'Tango Schizophrenia\', the highlight of this set, pure Segovia.\' (Dmitry M. Epstein, \'Let it Rock\' on \'The Alchemist Vol II\') \'..the Spanish acoustic delights of "Tango Schizophrenia" from Si Hayden and Michael Berk is a great piece of 2 classical guitars with the right blend of mystical Mediterranean qualities and speedy fretwork..\' (© 2007 VIRTUOSITYONE.COM on \'The Alchemist Vol II\') \'a lot of jazz influence... walking bass lines, tapping, ..blazing scale work... great bluesy... funky groove, jazz chording\'s, some Spanish guitar flourishes, and lots of quick arpeggios... Si does have some chops...\' (©Kirk Albrecht, \'minor7th\' on \'Steel Roots\') \'Hayden's trademark supersonic picking is present.. The six-string virtuosity shown on this album is irrefutable.. an album that stuns with it's technical brilliance, then later endears you to the soul and depth behind the flashiness\' (Peter Clayton, \'cdreviews.com\' on \'Steel Roots\') \'.. The solo guitar mastery of U.K. based Si Hayden. Hayden's speciality is daredevil solo flamenco guitar tracks that he composes himself. The music may sound vintage but on his CD Hayden puts a new spin on a timeless art form. As he points out in his liner notes, all tracks were recorded with one guitar and no overdubs and all percussion is from the right hand on the guitar body while playing. A modern flamenco master, Hayden makes excellent use of his Ivor Maraints and Jose Ramirez guitars.\' Robert Silverstein/20th Century Guitar/NYC) on \'Nylon... for Now\' (01/06/2006) \'This album is refreshingly honest - UK-based composer/guitarist Hayden plays the entire program solo and with no overdubs... flawlessly executes the genre\'s characteristic strums, descending single-string runs and soundboard taps... Yet he typically makes things more interesting by weaving more complex harmonies and smooth jazz elements into each of the tunes. Si Hayden\'s appeal comes from successfully melding flamenco with more modern sounds, and doing so without gimmicks or artifice. Both guitarists and general listeners will enjoy this CD; turn it up and enjoy.\' (©Patrick Ragains/Minor7th) on \'Nylon... for Now\' (01/01/2007) \'...such an impressive guitar player and Nylon ... for Now is full of interesting music... dizzying flamenco-style runs... pretty, ringing arpeggios. He's even better when he leans into some meaty rhythmic chording. Then there's his unique percussion, which is him tapping on the guitar's wood body. I wish he'd do it more often on this album, but these tracks were recorded in single takes, and providing all that rhythm on top of breakneck picking is, I'm sure, hard work. Fans of guitar virtuosity should check out Si Hayden... a few listens made me appreciate it on a heart-and-soul level as well as a technical one.\' © Chip Withrow (musesmuse.com) on \'Nylon... for Now\' (01/11/2007) \'About a year and a half ago, I reviewed Si Hayden's Nylon ... for Now. I was very impressed by his solo acoustic guitar virtuosity. I still am, and I like Steel Roots even more. Hayden is still firing off dizzying runs, punctuated by percussive slaps against his guitar. His chord work is full and propulsive. Like Nylon, Steel was recorded in single takes. But Steel Roots is more accessible - to me, at least. The 12 tracks here are concise, melodic, often rocking. Hayden delivers toe-tapping bluesy jazz (the original "Flat Spot" and his smoking take on Van Morrison's "Moondance"), folk-country (the leap-out-of-the-speakers opener "Ellya" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"), Townshend-like power ("Hats Off to Pete Townshend" and "Just a Bit of Fun") and flights of frenetic fancy (the dizzying "JD and Coffee" and the closing title cut). Hayden often deftly shifts genres several times within songs, and with only one track over four minutes long, Steel Roots delivers wallop after wallop of solo guitar goodness with no time for boredom to set in.\'© Chip Withrow (musesmuse.com) on \'Nylon... for Now\' (23/06/2008) \'...You might find a methodology to Hayden\'s playing, but every composition is so tailored with it's own voice that it negates everything you have ever learned about method playing. These are not finger moves that are taught in school. They are moves with such imagination and independent thinking that they make you feel honored to hear them. The music has a striking star quality that few artists can achieve. Hayden uses no special effects or overdubs. His playing is divinely pure... Hayden\'s music falls between the lines that separate jazz from country, and his compositions certainly show that the two have more common factors than most music fans ever knew. You\'ll never believe that all of these movements are coming out of one acoustic guitar. There is a dreamy quality in Si Hayden\'s melodies that keeps your head floating up above the clouds while the country aspects in his music keeps everything feeling open and homey... A native of Coventry, England, Hayden\'s sonic vistas seem to come natural as he plays to the beating pulse of life with total abandonment of conventional methodology. Speaking of unconventional, Si Hayden is left handed and plays right-handed guitars. (Susan Frances, jazzreview.com on \'Steel Roots\')
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