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“Manitas” means ‘little hands’ in Spanish—on one hand a personal reaction to the political climate of Trump, and in another sense this idea of our hands working away at what we love. It’s a 44 minute structured improvisation of solo classical guitar. It was inspired by listening to Cecil Taylor’s ‘Air Above Mountains’. It’s a spectral way of playing I have been developing, of avoiding melodies or harmonies, and using extended techniques, strumming, free-form fingering and picking, that verges on noise. I’m interested in automatism, letting the unconscious mind take control.–Ernesto Diaz-Infante

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released April 27, 2017

Ernesto Diaz-Infante: Classical guitar
Manitas (44:25)

Recorded at Next Door to the Jefferson Airplane Studios, San Francisco, CA, August 2016

Composed, performed, and recorded by Ernesto Diaz-Infante

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Ernesto Diaz-Infante San Francisco, California

Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s musical compositions span a broad perspective: transcendental piano, noise, free improvisation, avant- garde guitar, field recordings, lo-fi four-track manipulations, and experimental song. He received his MFA from CalArts in Music Composition. He lives in San Francisco with filmmaker Marjorie Sturm and their son and daughter. ... more

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