Next to being one of the core members of the celebrated sonic hex outfit Razen, and exploring paranoia & unorthodox sampling via his after hours studio moniker Br’lâaB, Ameel Brecht is a trained guitar player who has a life-long involvement with the instrument’s repertoire under his belt. On his debut album “Polygraph Heartbeat” (released on Kraak in 2018), he puts his guitar-heart on the line by means of 9 compositions for steel resonator and resonator mandolin, two instruments which Ameel chose because of their specific timbral features.
The album is a reflection of polyphonic music as seen through a multi-coloured and highly personal lens, as Ameel’s guitar idiom crossbreeds a classical technique and weird open tunings with a love for early ragtime, slide grandmasters and baroque music; throwing a moebius knot around the string sounds of Roy Smeck and Turlough O’Carolan.http://info-regie.panik/
As is the case with Razen’s body of work, Brecht’s solo pieces confront because of their pureness and their focus on essential sound.
”Polygraph Heartbeat” is an album which shows a committed musician who employs control and craftsmanship in order to dissect the Condition Humaine of the 21stCentury.
‘Music is an openhearted gamble; whatever lengthens the day, whatever gets you through the night.’
Ameel Brecht : live at Radio Panik 2019-03-05 Studio 2
Infiniti (Juan Atkins): Moonbeam (The Infiniti Collection - Tresor - 1996)
Nikolai Korndorf : In Honour of Alfred Schnitke (AGSCH) trio for violon, viola and cello (1985) : I Choral (largo Cantabile (megadisk - )
Fred Frith : No Birds (Guitar Solos - Virgin Records - )
Roy Smeck : Steel Guitar Rag (Roy Smeck plays Hawaiian Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele and Guitar 1926 - 1949 - Yazoo - 1992)
Franz Casseus : Etude (Haitian Dances - Moi J'Connais Records - )
Franz Casseus : Romance (Haitian Dances - Moi J'Connais Records - )