MP3 Scott Balsai - Reflections Of Maple and Mahogany
This CD is a solo instrumental,contemporary, fingerstyle, acoustic guitar CD.
15 MP3 Songs in this album (63:59) !
Related styles: New Age: Solo Instrumental, Solo Instrumental
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"Reflections of Maple and Mahogany: A Musical Diary" is Scott’s first CD for CD Baby. It represents a collection of original instrumental fingerstyle acoustic guitar compositions inspired during a period of his life spanning more than 35 years. It includes many new pieces as well as new recordings of a few older pieces from his other two previous CD’s.
This CD will carry the listener from Balsai’s home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to his college days at Kutztown State College in the 1970’s, to his hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, to his moving across the country and his living, teaching, skiing, fishing, and hiking in Idaho.
Having been born and reared in Bethlehem from the ‘50’s through the ‘70’s, Balsai had the fortune of being located in an unusually rich musical milieu. Home of the “Godfrey Daniels” coffee house, Scott had the opportunity to cross paths, both on stage and off stage, with the likes of John Gorka and Steve Kimock, among others. In fact, Scott first learned his way around the guitar neck with some cursory help from Steve while they both were barely out of high school.
While living in Pocatello, Scott has worked with a few local, and national, favorites such as Steve Eaton and his son Marcus Eaton. In the last ten years or so, he also has gotten to be good friends with such nationally recognized players as Bill Mize and Michael Gulezian, two of his favorite acoustic fingerstyle players. Both of these players have graciously encouraged Scott to become more active in performing out, recording, and getting more involved in the contemporary acoustic guitar scene.
Another influence of Scott’s is Will Ackerman. This becomes obvious when one sees Ackerman’s piece entitled “Visiting” listed as number four on Scott’s CD. This is the only non-original piece out of 15 recordings on the CD. On this recording, one can hear a pleasant mix of Scott and Ackerman as Scott gives his interpretation of this piece. In his textual annotations, he then thanks Ackerman for the impetus for another of Scott’s own pieces on the CD entitled “Sunday Visitors”.
Other influences of his have been Jorma Kaukonen, Alex De Grassi, Leo Kottke, Billy McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Chris Proctor, as well as a host of famous finger pickin’ singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Don McLean, John Denver, Eric Anderson, Tom Rush, Doc and Merle Watson, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and England’s Tir Na Nog, John Martin, Ralph McTell, John Renbourn,and many others.
The photograph of the maple leaf for the front of the CD graphics insert was taken by Scott in 1980 while on the Appalachian Trail. Inside the graphics insert, the CD includes a textual set of annotations explaining what each piece “reflects” or represents in Balsai’s life. It is here where he says, “Most of the music on this CD was inspired by the sonic synergy of my fingers dancing on the wood and steel of maple and mahogany guitars.” This explains not only the maple leaf pictured in a puddle of reflecting water on the front, but also why he chose a close-up photo of the mahogany back of one of his Taylor 512 guitars for the back of the CD graphics. The CD disc itself has an almost 3D looking photo of the three-piece maple back of his Taylor 614 with a downsized cut-out photo of the maple leaf superimposed toward the bottom of the mid piece of the maple guitar back.
On his website Taylor Guitars says of Scott : “Balsai''s ''acoustic reflections'' . . . glimmer with the rich, hypnotic pulse of a sun-dappled stream . . . his bright rippling notes ring with sparkling clarity . . ."
To learn more about Scott go to https://www.tradebit.com.