Michael Gulezian | Language of the Flame

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Language of the Flame

by Michael Gulezian

Explosive, passionate, soulful, intense, gorgeous, hyper-percussive, mind-bending, emotionally charged six- and twelve-string solo acoustic instrumental guitar music. “a virtuoso, pyrotechnic tour de force... ” - John Diliberto, Producer/Host, ECHOES
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'm No Seismologist, Chortled the Metrognome
3:12 album only
2. Little Meggie
4:59 album only
3. Undo the Buncombe
4:49 album only
4. The Room of Doom
5:17 album only
5. Oh Suzannah
8:03 album only
6. Jello Moves
5:09 album only
7. My Trampoline Heart
6:08 album only
8. All We'll Never Be
6:37 album only
9. Michael Hedges Goes to Heaven
8:24 album only


Album Notes
He may not be a household name, but Michael Gulezian (gu-LAY-ze-in) is one of the finest solo acoustic instrumental guitarists of our time. With his LANGUAGE OF THE FLAME release, Michael delivers a work of transcendent originality and stunning emotional depth.

A phenomenal technical guitarist with a long history of critical acclaim, Michael Gulezian once again raises the aesthetic of contemporary acoustic solo guitar to a new level. Over the course of the nine songs on LANGUAGE OF THE FLAME, Michael expresses the full range of human emotion, from implacable grief to ecstatic joy.

Jazziz Magazine publisher Michael Fagien describes LANGUAGE OF THE FLAME as "unbelievable ... incredible ... music from another planet." Grammy award winning producer Richard Adler writes, "Michael Gulezian composes, arranges, and performs some of the most complex and emotional music ever written for solo acoustic guitar." Music Web Express raves, "With the release of LANGUAGE OF THE FLAME, Gulezian takes his place among the great acoustic guitar innovators of the 20th Century." And in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, John Diliberto sums it all up: "Fingerstyle fire ... Michael Gulezian reignites his muse with Language of the Flame. ... for all his virtuosic ferocity, [he] never loses sight of the melody, or the drama of his compositions. And he can still play sweetly. At this stage in his career, Gulezian doesn't need to prove he can play, he just needs more people to hear his expansive and original sound."

And that's exactly what is happening – the CD immediately charted nationally at radio, concert venues have grown larger, and Michael quickly found himself performing live to an audience of millions on three nationally syndicated NPR radio shows: West Coast Live, Echoes, and World Café.

One generation removed from the musical arabesques of his Armenian heritage, infused with the raw emotional power of the Mississippi Delta trailblazers, fiercely devoted to his art, and blessed with technical proficiency in the extreme, Michael Gulezian remains a seminal force on the cutting edge of the American solo acoustic guitar tradition.



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John Fiskio-Lasseter

"____ is one of the finest ____ of our time", "seminal force", etc. There are a lot of promotional bios on CD Baby and other sites that contain this kind of hype, to the point where it's practically meaningless.

Michael Gulezian's music is worth it. While I won't go with "finest" guitarist (not even sure what that means), Gulezian's music exhibits great beauty, subtlety, drive, and originality. Of the many fine instrumentalists recording solo acoustic guitar pieces, he's in that rarified class of composer/performers (along with Alex de Grassi, Pierre Bensusan, Stepan Rak, and Leo Kottke) whose music stands on its own as music.

With one or two weak spots (overly emotive vocals on "Oh Susanna" and an overly long "Michael Hedges Goes to Heaven"), "Language of the Flame" is not his strongest album -- that title goes in a tie to "Dare of an Angel" and "Concert at St. Olaf" -- but it's terrific nonetheless.

The samples here omit the strongest track on the CD -- "Little Meggie" -- which is one of those pieces that has it all: melody, variation, and a groove that will have you tapping your feet involuntarily, unless you're dead.