Brendan Hains | Modal Nomad

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Modal Nomad

by Brendan Hains

Original world music guitar instrumentals, with jazz influences. Heavy emphasis on improvisation.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Phrygia II
6:02 $0.99
2. Knotwork
5:14 $0.99
3. Lotus Feet
4:12 $0.99
4. Rathead
4:23 $0.99
5. Mazarine
3:19 $0.99
6. Lament
3:00 $0.99
7. Numbur
1:44 $0.99
8. Urizel Usurped
7:54 $0.99
9. Ascension
2:23 $0.99
10. Trepidation
4:41 $0.99
11. Procession
9:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Living in Melbourne, Australia, Brendan has been a guitarist for over 30 years. His music is an eclectic mix of world, jazz and minimalist influences.
Brendan studied guitar craft with Robert Fripp in Switzerland,the U.S.A and New Zealand. He has performed locally with Tommy Emmanuel, Nina Ferro, Peter Petrucci, Kiss of Reality, Chris Young, The Changing, Mantramancy, Diabolus Musica, Lenny Ramoskis, Julien Wilson, Jeremy Alsop, Craig Beard, Justin Humphries, Igor Oskolkov and Leigh Underhill. Brendan plays in the new standard tuning as used by The League of Crafty Guitarists.
The material from "Modal Nomad", Brendan's first solo release was premiered in a live performance on Dec.3/2006 at the Melbourne Town Hall and received a standing ovation.
All guitars on "Modal Nomad" are first take recordings.
Some of Brendan's influences include; Robert Fripp, John McLaughlin, George Benson, Kenny Burrell, John Goodsall, Frank Zappa, Grant Green, Tommy Emmanuel, Paco Delucia, Steve Reich, Mike Oldfield, Arvo Part, Luciano Berio, Spike Milligan and Arthur Two Sheds Jackson.
A highly regarded guitar teacher Brendan also examines guitar for ANZCA.
Brendan was featured in the February/March issue of Guitarist Australia.
The March/April edition of Australian Guitar magazine featured the following review;
"MELBOURNE guitarist and teacher Brendan Hains is a musician with a huge imagination. This album is a collection of instrumental compositions performed with various guest musicians...and it is as the name suggests,an exploration of various modes combining jazz, world, classical and prog influences... While Hains' reinterpretation of John Mclaughlin's "Lotus Feet" is hypnotising, his own rich compositions, which also make use of electric, tenor guitar and guitar synth, are the real highlights here. A superior journey in moody, modal composition." Karl Mayerhofer
Brendan plays Alhambra guitars and uses equipment by Billy Hydes Main St. and Somerton stores.



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robin lumley (BRAND X)

A magnificent and imaginative body of work
I hate "pigeon holes" but here I am forced to use some. Brendan Haines's MODAL NOMAD is SORT OF Jazz-Rock, SORT OF free-form improvisation and SORT OF a platform for some superb and accomplished playing. Which leaves you none the wiser as this music is basically UNpigeonholable! Mr Haines is an outrageously articulate guitar-player and has a writing style second to nobody. I found this collection of original pieces (bar one track, which is an interpretation of a John McGlaughlin tune) a wonderful journey through the various modal scales. Mr Haines leads us, ever musically, by a route encompassing the Modes....thus the title. We all know the Ionian scale..its what Western Music has been based upon for centuries...but there are, after all, another six scalic modes with subtle appeals of their own. This Mr Haines proceeds to demonstrate with a fluid and beautiful guitar technique which underpins his writing skills. What a winner! I truly thought that the era of getting such an album as this had passed and I am delighted to be proved wrong.

This kind of band and this kind of music really deserves a big exposure....the band should be booked into all the important jazz festivals on the planet...sadly, we're all aware that this is unlikely. Brendan Haines has boldly released this record under his own steam and finances, but it seems to me that a sympathetic record label should grab this one as fast as it can.

The CD is hardly ever off my player. And for a man who can cite"Arthur TWO SHEDS" Jackson as an influence...well, that did it for me!!