When I’m asked what this music is like… I really have no answer. 

“A distinctive collection of New Age, Folk, Jazz and Classical Guitar influences”..  makes a good sound bite. 

What influenced me the most when writing this music was Mussorgsky”s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Each piece is an acoustic guitar ""story". I wrote these tunes to take you somewhere. I hope they do.

Once in the studio we tried out all kinds of ways to expand the sound of a acoustic guitar. An acoustic center surrounded by “crazy experiments”. It was all quite interesting....  
Yours,
Ken Mahren - SableMountainRecords.com

The Last Whale
The Last Whale.. a sad song... an angry song . . how we can kill off a whole species makes me cringe . . if I were the last whale, I'd be want'in to kick butt.



Acoustic guitar instrumental
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Risky Business
A little Ditty in Open G.



Acoustic guitar instrumental
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Diatribes
A mixture of Eastern and Western scales, surrounded by a bunch of Studio experiments to enhance sustain and give the tune a "sitar kind of sound".



Acoustic guitar instrumental
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9/5/2008 2:56:59 PM
Excellent chops this is wonderful self sustained guitar playing very virtuostic!


 

       

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Lauri My daily song rotation at Huminuh's Worlds Best Salad Bar has you in the top 2 again today!
Lauri Hi ken :) You are on top today at the salad bar :)
susie boehm Hi Ken..just wanted to say that I think your Kayak Nominated song is absolutely beautiful...truly
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Lauri You are in the top 2 today at "Huminuhs Worlds Best Salad Bar"
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South Burlington guitarist Ken Mahren recently released a CD version of Silk Brocade, a collection of solo instrumentals originally issued on cassette back in 1984. Although this set is more than 20 years old, Mahren's talent is hardly dated.

Mahren describes the album as a ""collection of new age, folk, jazz and classical guitar influences."" The groundbreaking acoustic guitar work of the ""Takoma Boys"" of whom John Fahey, Leo Kottke and Peter Lang are the most well known is an obvious reference point. Open tunings and musical textures abound, but this project is more than just a bad copy of a mid-period Windham Hill album. And unlike other new age-y releases, contemporary or otherwise, the music on Silk Brocade doesn't induce slumber.

The disc's 10 original compositions range from the lush tone poems, such as the title track, to the 16th-note showers found on ""Risky Business"" and ""Forsythia Interlude."" Mahren's unabashed use of electronic gadgets not only adds color and character, but also helps to set his work apart from other six-string searchers. It's rare to hear an acoustic guitarist utilizing a flanger or phase shifter to augment tone or increase sustain. While the effects don't detract artistically, it's sometimes tough to hear the natural tone of his guitar. Still, Mahren's good taste and technical excellence make the combination work.

The artist explains that this re-release was inspired by requests from friends who had worn out the original tapes. He also claims that, after all these years, he stills plays guitar the same way. If that's the case, here's to a CD release party!
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