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Microtonal Crossroads One: Music for Slide Guitar & Guqin

by Dom Turner & Tony Wheeler

Hybrid Australian-ised blues based guitar with ancient Chinese guqin.
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1. The Death of Hound Dog Taylor
Dom Turner & Tony Wheeler
8:01 $1.99
2. Robert 'Wolfman' Belfour
Dom Turner & Tony Wheeler
6:33 $1.99
3. The Hunters Chapel
Dom Turner & Tony Wheeler
3:59 $1.99
4. Desert Barbed Wire
Dom Turner & Tony Wheeler
5:27 $1.99
5. Fallen from Grace
Dom Turner & Tony Wheeler
2:29 $1.99
6. Dark Was the Night
Dom Turner & Tony Wheeler
8:16 $1.99
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Dom Turner is best known as guitarist/ vocalist, founding member and key songwriter of the iconic Australian blues group, Backsliders. He has toured the Australian festival circuit since the 1980s and regularly appears at most major blues related music festivals including Bluesfest, Woodford Folk Festival and Blues on Broadbeach to name but a few. Dom’s influences are many and varied – a blend of delta blues, Piedmont blues, rock, dub and sounds of Asia. He is a highly regarded speaker on blues music and has guested on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio programs (including a weekly series on ABC Gold Coast entitled 'Blues Tuesdays' and guest presenting Radio National’s ‘Music Deli’) and presented music workshops at festivals and in universities (both nationally and internationally).

In 2004 Dom was voted ‘Blues Songwriter of the Year’ at the Australian Blues Awards. As well as over 30 years of recording and performing blues in Australia and internationally with the Backsliders, Dom has embarked on a variety of solo and collaborative musical projects including touring as a solo artist in the USA, playing and teaching blues guitar at Augusta Blues week in West Virginia, and in 2006, touring Mexico with US blues greats, Del Ray and Steve James. His trademark ‘slide’ guitar sound can be heard on myriad session recordings and his songs have featured on the ABC TV programme 'Seachange’, as well as the soundtrack to Tim Winton’s best-selling novel, ‘Dirt Music and the 2013 Channel 9 TV series ‘Underbelly - Squizzy Taylor’. In 2008 Dom was invited onstage to play with slide guitar legend Derek Trucks at the Adelaide international Guitar Festival.

Dom’s other side projects, include ‘Supro’, a mix of ‘dub’ and blues and features original and reconstructed songs as well as The Angry Tradesmen, a grunge-rock project with fellow Backsliders, Rob Hirst.

Dom also performs with US blues harmonica legend, Phil Wiggins, as well as Australian Record Industry Award (ARIA) award-winning harmonica player and member of ‘Backsliders’, Ian Collard, as traditional blues duets, both projects with albums released. Dom has recorded and released a cross-cultural music recording with Vietnamese stringed instrument master, Kim Sinh, entitled “Two Days in Hanoi” as well as a soon to be released album (2019) with innovative Korean Komongo musician, Jin Hi Kim and Chinese Guqin musician, Tony Wheeler.

In 2016 Dom teamed up with Toledo Ohio based lap steel guitarist Nikki D Brown of the Sacred Steel guitar tradition resulting in the formation of The Turner Brown Band, three recorded albums to date as well as regular Australian festival and music venue tours.

Tony Wheeler is a performer (clarinet, saxophone, guqin and ruan), composer and teacher.

He was born in New Zealand in 1958 and has spent most of his life in Australia, as well as a considerable number of years in Asia. He studied clarinet and composition at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where he first made contact with Chinese traditional music.

After graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music, he worked as a freelance performer and teacher before being awarded a scholarship to spend two years (1985-7) at the Shanghai Conservatory studying Chinese composition, ruan (Chinese four-stringed guitar) and guqin (ancient seven-stringed zither). After leaving Shanghai, Wheeler then spent four years studying and teaching at the University of Hong Kong before receiving a Master's degree in Composition for Chinese Instruments. He studied guqin with Lin You Ren in Shanghai, and with Lau Chor Wah in Hong Kong.

As well as maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Wheeler composes in a wide variety of musical genres and styles, and his compositions have been performed and broadcast in Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Europe, the USA and Canada. His study of Chinese music, in particular that of the guqin, has had a profound and enriching influence on his composition, improvisation and approach to and practice of music in all contexts.

Wheeler has extensive experience in performing Western orchestral, chamber, solo, contemporary and improvised music. He is the founder and musical director of the Sydney Sizhu Ensemble, a group of traditional Chinese instrumentalists playing traditional repertoire, some arrangements and original compositions. He frequently performs on Chinese and Western instruments in a contemporary and/or improvisatory context.

Frequent collaboration with Dr. James Franklin (shakuhachi) has resulted in a body of improvisation-based repertoire, some of which appears on the CD Moon Road To Dawn (Celestial Harmonies 1999). Also, he has performed with Professor Michael Atherton (guitar, percussion) several times at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, and their work has resulted in the release of the CD Nine Elemental Songs (Wirripang 2008).

Wheeler's more recent compositions include a duet for clarinet and flute (also arranged for clarinet and shakuhachi), a solo flute piece written for Natalie Wood, collections of blues studies for clarinet and saxophone, a fugue for clarinet and piano, Suite Modale for flute, clarinet and bassoon, Song for Toby for bass guitar and piano, Blue Moon for tenor sax, erhu and piano, and a number of educational publications. He also continues to translate and reconstruct ancient music for the guqin from the traditional Chinese tablature.

In 2011 his reconstruction from traditional guqin tablature of Gu Jiao Xing ('Walking with the Ancients' from 1614) was accepted for presentation at an international guqin score reconstruction conference in Changshu, China. It was then published by the Shanghai Music Publishing House in a volume of works selected from the conference. in 2012 he was elected Council Member of the China Kun Opera and Guqin Research Society.

The composer says: 'The study of Chinese traditional music, particularly that for the guqin, (ancient Chinese 7-stringed zither) has had a profound influence on my approach to composition, and on my attitude to music in general. Spaciousness, timelessness and timbral subtleties play an important part, though more robust rhythms also have their place'.



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