American Grace

by Eric Hofbauer - Solo Guitar

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American Grace (CNM 022) is guitarist Eric Hofbauer's third solo recording, completing the trilogy begun in 2004 with American Vanity (CNM 003) and followed by American Fear (CNM 019) in 2010. Reflecting on his journey of exploration through three solo recordings, Hofbauer explains, "The trilogy is about process, coming of age, or coming to terms with the internal and external world. It's autobiographical and I hope in some ways, universal. Grace is the final step... acceptance of who we are, regardless of what the universe has dished out. Vanity and Fear portrayed the more green side of that process, while Grace is the arrival of awareness, of embracing the duality inherent in life and humanity." The nineteen tracks on American Grace cover a vast stylistic territory, connected together through Hofbauer's unique deconstructionist sense of melodic interpretation, polyrhythm and bi-tonality. Original compositions sit side by side with startling interpretations of folk hymns, free jazz, 80's pop classics, stride guitar, bebop and the blues.

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released December 21, 2012

Recorded July 3-6 2012 in CNM studios – Microphones from Notable Productions
Mixed and Mastered by Daniel Cantor at Notable Productions, notable.com
Executive Producers – Dr. Denise Beaudoin and Dr. Robert Silver, Mary Ellen Bouchard, Joy Hofbauer, and Emile Khoury
Produced by Creative Nation Music
Artwork, Design and Photo by Benjamin Shaykin, benjaminshaykin.com
Liner notes by Garrison Fewell, garrisonfewell.wordpress.com
© and (p) by CNM 2012 – erichofbauer.com
All songs by Eric Hofbauer unless otherwise noted
All songs are single takes without overdubs of any kind, track 19 guitar and piano played simultaneously by Hofbauer.
Eric Hofbauer plays Guild Guitars and uses Traynor Amplifiers.
Eric Hofbauer’s projects are fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, fracturedatlas.org
This project was partially funded by donations made through indigogo.

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Eric Hofbauer and Eric Hofbauer Quintet Boston, Massachusetts

“No other guitarist in jazz has developed a solo approach as rigorous, evocative, and thoughtful as Hofbauer,” (A. Gilbert Boston Globe). Known as “a crucial instigator in Boston’s DIY avant-jazz scene” (J. Garelick, Boston Phoenix), Hofbauer has performed & recorded with such notable collaborators as Han Bennink, Roy Campbell, John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell, Cecil McBee, Steve Swell & Matt Wilson. ... more

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