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the years certain artists have emerged as icons of the Echoes soundscape.
These are musicians who shifted the direction of music, whose work
influenced a generation and usually , musicians who also tend to be
articulate thinkers about their art. In this series, you'll hear features
Echoes has produced on these artists, often encompassing their entire
An Icon of Echoes
of the reasons we created Echoes was so we'd have a place to play the
music of Steve Tibbetts. I first discovered his music when his self-titled
and self-released debut came out in 1977. Hailing from Minnesota, Tibbetts
has been charting a course through a hallucinogenic world fusion for a
quarter century, most of it recorded by the German ECM label. A legend
in indie-progressive music circles, Tibbetts garnered additional renown
a few years ago when he adapted the chants of Tibetan nun Choying Drolma
to his ambient landscapes. In this series of features with Steve Tibbetts,
we hear a sound portrait painted in electric colors with acoustic shading
in a pallette of the world.
TIBBETTS: INTO THE EASTERN ABYSS (1994)
When artists travel to Indonesia and India, they often come back with visions
of utopia in their heads, whether it's the idyllic life of Samoa as observed
by Margaret Mead or the Indian mysticism of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, channeled
through The Beatles. When Steve Tibbetts returns from one of his many pilgrimages
east, he comes back with something different. His 1994 album, The Fall of
Us All is like a harrowing diary of his experiences.
TIBBETTS IN TIBET (1997)
1997, guitarist Steve Tibbetts released another CD spawned by his many
trips to India and Nepal. On a few trips in the 1990s he recorded a group
of Tibetan nuns led by Choying Drolma. He's taken their sacred chants,
recorded in Tibetan shrines, and framed them with his own ambient orchestrations.
The results are the album, "Cho". Tibbetts talks about the nuns,
their music and his transformation of their sacred hymns.
TIBBETTS: EXPLODED GUITARS (1999)
Rarely has an artist prevailed with the unique vision of Steve Tibbetts,
from his early self-produced solo albums like Yr, through to his recent
critically acclaimed collaborations with Tibetan nun Choying Drolma, Tibbetts
has woven an intricate, often psychedelic soundscape, mixing acoustic
and electric guitars and the global percussion of Marc Anderson.
In 1999, we chose Steve Tibbetts as one of Ten Artists for Ten Years of
Echoes. In this 10th anniversary feature, we talked with Tibbetts and
Anderson about music that results from taking out your brain and playing
STEVE TIBBETTS: MEDITATIVE MAYHEM (2002)
Guitar iconoclast Steve Tibbetts reveals his manic meditations on Echoes.
On his 2002 album, A MAN ABOUT A HORSE, Tibbetts debunkED the serene concepts
of meditative music and createD an electro-acoustic guitar excursion of
throbbing rhythms and pyro-technic leads.