Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Kan Wakan's Gueorgui
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:41:15
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We are taking aim with Kan Wakan's Gueorgui today. Get to know 'em. This Take Aim serves as a primer, as the band's debut album is out in June. All you need to know is below. They rule.
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Kan Wakan emerged in early 2012, the musical brainchild of composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui I. Linev. The Bulgarian-born musician originally set out to create solely instrumental music inspired by his lifelong passion for classical minimalism, but the involvement of chanteuse Kristianne Bautista and guitarist Peter Potyondy rapidly saw the project grow in both scope and purpose.
If you were not doing music, you would be...
...a devout hypochondriac, I'd say. Most likely something in the medical field.
Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?
I've been really into online chess again recently... I'd like to get serious about guerrilla gardening.
Pick ONE song on your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?
'Midnight Moon Pt 1 & 2.' I didn't really expect for it to be part of the album recording. It was an old idea I had that had been recycled and broken up into bits over a three-year period and at one point it was a four- minute nonsensical medley of parts that had no emotional correlation whatsoever. It got shelved for quite a while...
...then one day, as we were towards the end of our album sessions, and we we're in need of another tune to round things out, I thought, 'Well let's revisit this one,' and maybe the reason it's not working is because there are too many themes crammed into a three or four minute song.. it had no breathing room.
So I decided to sketch out a long form 10-minute or so arrangement that didn't follow a pop structure and was more of a free-flow cinematic expression that let things unfold one layer at a time. The new arrangement started out as a blank canvas built around some of the old themes, and we brought in drummer Joey Waronker to lay down some percussion on a few key sections.
Most of the second half started out as just a three-chord piano loop and Joey's cocktail kit drum jam. I was enjoying layering lots of instrumentation on the track as it felt really new again and the fear of not getting it right didn't exist because the song was already an afterthought, and we were just having fun with it.
In some ways it's my favorite part of the album and I just think it's funny how much we had to go through in circles with it.. give up on it, and then last minute, it all came together unexpectedly without really trying as much as with some of the other songs.
Finish this sentence: Kan Wakan is the artist that...
...Is excited to release their debut album Moving On June 3 in the U.S.
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