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Electric Gauchos History
Founded by Steve Ball, Martin Schwutke, Fernando Kabusacki, Christian de Santis,
and Fernando Samelea,
Electric Gauchos play original instrumental music for electric guitars
spanning the genres of three continents.
Their LIVE CD Blue Orb features members of
Discipline Global Mobile Artists
Los Gauchos Alemanes and the League of Crafty Guitarists
and was compiled from LIVE shows in Buenos Aires and Seattle.
Blue Orb features new and classic Gauchos material arranged for loud
electric guitars and drums.
Features guests including Bill Rieflin, Tobin Buttram, Trey Gunn and Tony
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Gauchos - 2004 Line-Up (Seattle)
Steve Ball |
Kabusacki | Travis Metcalf | Derek DiFilippo | Fernando Samalea
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Rough Mixes: Recorded Live in Seattle, June 2004
San Justino(6.1M mp3)
Seven Ate Nine (6.9M mp3)
EGV2 Session One (16.1M mp3)
Not Bad for a Monday (7.1M mp3)
Not Bad for a Tuesday (8.3M mp3)
Not Bad for a Wednesday (2.71M mp3)
Shred Lock (19.8M mp3)
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from the 1997 incarnation include
Christian de Santis
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Special Thanks To
Seattle Guitar Circle
Paul @ Premier Soundworks
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In the works: Electric Gauchos Box Set
Blue Orb (Seattle and Buenos Aires, 1997)
Mendoza (long-form Improvisation, Buenos Aires 1997)
Not Bad for a Monday (Songs and Sketches, Seattle 2004)
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Gauchos - 1997 Line-Up (Argentina)
Steve Ball | Fernando
Kabusacki | Martin Schwutke | Christian de Santis | Fernando Samalea
new long-form Improvisation, "Mendoza"
parts 1-9. These are Rough Mixes of for the Electric Gauchos Box
Set, coming out early 2006
Mendoza, pt. 1 (3.9M mp3)
Tonight, beginning to mine the hour+ studio
improvisations by Electric Gauchos, recorded in Buenos Aires, almost exactly
seven years ago, in October of 1997 featuring Christian de Santis, Fernando
Kabusacki, Martin Schwutke, and myself on electric guitars, and Fernando Samalea
Part I articulates the primary themes of this piece.
Mendoza, pt. 2 (5.6M mp3)
If you look closely at this picture in the
songtile below, you can see a truck in the distance heading straight for the
group. Life on the road in Argentina can be dangerous.
Part II presents the primary contrasting voice to the three main themes.
Mendoza, pt. 3 (9.4M mp3)
This third 'major/minor' theme appears and also
re-appears in part
six of this nine part improvisation.
Mendoza, pt. 4 (15.9M mp3)
Now, really getting into the deep heart of this improvisation.
of my work over the past year with the Seattle Guitar Circle was
inspired and informed by these improvisations. Very little was said
for these Electric Gauchos sessions; we showed up,
plugged-in, and played. This nine part sequence that is unfolding
one day at a time in this "Music Diary" unfolded in real time, live
in the studio, almost exactly as I'm presenting it here -- all I'm
doing in 'production' is mixing (making each individual instrument
sound good relative to the other instruments) and discovering the
natural transition points.
Mendoza, pt. 5 (4.3M mp3)
Getting even moodier as we approach and pass
through the middle. This is really the great divide of the whole shebang,
beginning with a burst of enthusiasm that eventually peters out into a musical
metaphor of doubt, searching, and a dissonant loss of connection with where this
melody began, and where it is eventually going.
Mendoza, pt. 6 (7.9M mp3)
Part six is a reintegration into the world:
people enter the scene. Within this, the musicians deliver a driving persistent
theme undisturbed by waves of distraction, indifference, and ambiguity. The
major third will not stay down: it keeps poking up from beneath the noisy
business busy-ness buried beneath the mundane ambient chatter of the outside
This Electric Gauchos songtile photo by
Mendoza, pt. 7 (14.7M mp3)
I experience the process of this this work much like painting -- I'm barely
aware of the effect these colors and shapes and meanings and messages may
have on an observer (who is, by definition, in a future time and place from the
one in which it's being rendered) -- but this interaction is not what drives or
motivates or 'validates' the work.
Mendoza, pt. 8 (7.35M mp3)
These nine improvised Themes and
Variations continue to evolve and unfold before my eyes and
ears. In the home stretch now.
One approach I've been using as a guide in mixing:
Mendoza = Music for 18 Musicians x The Intercontinentals x Metal
Mendoza, pt. 9 (4.4M mp3)
Nine days later, nine sections of a
process that began exactly seven years ago, Parts I-IX, are now
completed. End to end, there is 49'13" of remarkably coherent music,
all improvised, from the first note to the last. Anyone who is both
brave and with broadband might braid these nine segments together
and get a pre-view of what the CD version may hold.
I take it as a given that the same people who may very well
appreciate my recent previous pretty piano presentations from past
weeks may find these long, growling, ambiguous-third-riddled
all-electric-guitar-and-drum explosive electric explorations
challenging, unlistenable, or boring. For me, hearing this
unfolding intelligent dialog between four guitars + drummer, all
speaking in -- and more importantly, listening to -- the
same language, and seeking the same end, is both vital and
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