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Instruments of Happiness: The Happiness Handbook

by Instruments of Happiness

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD with 8-pg. booklet with composers' notes, wallet packaging with liner notes by Allan Kozinn.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Instruments of Happiness: The Happiness Handbook via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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“Six colorful, thought-provoking works [that] offer an inviting glimpse of the varied approaches these composers bring [to] dealing with the electric guitar and its resources.”
– Allan Kozinn

This CD from the virtuosic electric-guitar quartet Instruments of Happiness presents premiere recordings of works from Scott Godin, Tim Brady, Jordan Nobles, Maxime McKinley, Gordon Fitzell, and Emily Hall.

Listeners will hear jagged rhythms and hard-edged European minimalism; calm, flowing harmonies; aggressively noisy textures; eerie slide guitar passages and dreamy harmonics; as well as fast-picked tremolando, hammered-on notes, and thundering chords.

Listeners will also hear references to: progressive rock and hoedown music; flamenco and the blues; and the timbres and moves of early 1960s Duane Eddy and Link Wray guitar epics.

About Instruments of Happiness

Instruments of Happiness is a variously configured group created for the wide-ranging guitar projects of composer/guitarist Tim Brady. They explore the staggeringly large range of musical ideas available to the electric-guitar quartet: classic chamber music, warm jazz sounds, crunchy blues tones, straight-up rock energy, full-on experimental sonic chaos, and floating, serene soundscapes.

Starkland’s previous debut recording of the group was exceptionally well received. Fulfilling “all the open promises between the meeting of post-minimalism and art rock” (Brooklyn Rail), the CD was a Philadelphia Inquirer Classical Pick and landed on several Best-of-the-Year lists.


released April 5, 2019

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