Mike Boguski | Blues for the Penitent

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Blues for the Penitent

by Mike Boguski

Boguski’s new solo album Blues for the Penitent is perhaps the purest display of his talent to date, showcasing him alone at the piano on 12 instrumental pieces which, taken as a whole, tell a powerful, emotional story.
Genre: Blues: Piano Blues
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1. Exitus, #2
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2. Madawaska Moonlight
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3. Blues Piano, #2
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4. 2013-2015
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5. To Live Is to Fly
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6. Blues Piano, #3
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7. Eva
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8. Blues Piano, #4
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9. On the Beach
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10. Crossing the Lake
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11. Blues Piano, #5
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12. Memorial
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mike Boguski is Blue Rodeo’s keyboardist, a position he’s held since 2008. But like others in the group, his musical ambition extends beyond furthering the legacy of Canada’s beloved roots rock institution.

Boguski’s new solo album Blues for the Penitent is perhaps the purest display of his talent to date, showcasing him alone at the piano on 12 instrumental pieces which, taken as a whole, tell a powerful, emotional story. It is a story that unexpectedly developed over a three-year period through sessions recorded by Cowboy Junkies founder Michael Timmins at his Toronto studio, along with sessions at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario recorded by Will Crann and Duke Foster.

Boguski originally intended to lay down an album’s worth of material in a quick two-day burst, but that plan ultimately changed as major upheavals in his life began to unfold. For Boguski, coping with the loss of his father, along with the breakdown of his marriage, led him to explore improvisation more deeply than he ever had previously. It even prompted him to return to school and study with pioneering improvisational musician Casey Sokol at York University, after which he finally felt ready to record the wealth of new ideas the class had inspired.

While many of the pieces on Blues for the Penitent are indeed constructed on the principles of free improvisation—particularly several numbered works bearing the title “Blues Piano”—the album is also built around themes and imagery obviously close to Boguski’s heart, such as “Madawaska Moonlight,” “Eva” and “Memorial,” along with a couple beautiful renditions of Townes Van Zandt’s “To Live Is to Fly,” and Neil Young’s “On the Beach.”

Boguski is excited to work again with Blue Rodeo in 2019, but he also feels Blues for the Penitent is the beginning of a new direction for his own music, a direction he knows will take both him and his audience to unexpected places.

Special thanks to Michael Timmins for his patient and guidance in helping me make this album. Special thanks to those who encouraged me to journey into the world of free improvisation, especially: Casey Sokol, Steve Koven, and Greg Keelor.

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