September 26, 1992 |
Michael Hedges hasn't been spending much time in the recording studio in the last year or two. The Northern California guitarist-singer, who created a series of strikingly inventive acoustic guitar albums on Windham Hill in the '80s, has been concentrating lately on other matters. "I can't get into that whole process of making a record, touring, writing music, making another record, touring, and so forth," says Hedges, who performs tonight at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
September 30, 1995 |
In the mild-mannered world of the solo acoustic guitar, Michael Hedges is a gadfly--albeit a gentle one, with an ear for pretty tones and chords. He doesn't so much sit and politely play guitar as he pounces, striking the strings with his right hand to set off ringing harmonics or pounding out rhythms on the body of the guitar. A transplanted Oklahoman, Hedges landed in the Bay Area at the right time, just as Windham Hill Records was making acoustic music safe for the masses.
March 1, 2004
'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek Previously known as simply "sound," the addition of "mixing" to this category's title clarifies the difference from its close neighbor "sound editing." In the final step of the aural process, sound mixers strive to achieve the proper balance between dialogue, music and effects. This year included numerous multiple nominees within the same category.
October 15, 1987 |
His hair may now be trimmed to a buzz, and his flowered jackets replaced by Rambo fatigues, but Michael Hedges still has the look of a man in disguise--a folk rocker in Windham Hill clothes. His opening set at the Roxy on Tuesday night was a study in the Jekyll/Hyde transformations that have characterized Hedges' music from the beginning. Moody, floating pieces alternated with ferociously rhythmic strumming and better than serviceable vocals.
September 26, 1992 |
In the quest to sustain a career in music, some artists tune their creative frequencies to a specific market. By contrast, others work so hard to avoid definition that they become commercially transparent and largely overlooked. Then there are the musicians whose approach falls somewhere in between, such as guitarist Michael Hedges, who brings his unique, one-man show to Humphrey's on Sunday.
June 23, 1986 |
A Windham Hill artist encoring with Prince's "A Love Bizzarre"? That's hardly the mellow ambiance generally associated with the popular "new-age" record company. But that's how acoustic guitarist/singer Michael Hedges capped his stunning, often fiery set Saturday at the Greek Theatre. It was a fitting gesture in a concert that proved that the label's music--often derided as "musical quiche"--can be lively and humorous, and is anything but homogenous.