Tributes & Diatribes: Eric Carbonara

Tributes & Diatribes Eric Carbonara
Tributes & Diatribes Eric Carbonara
Eric Carbonara at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery

In March, Philadelphia based guitarist Eric Carbonara released Tributes and Diatribes with harpist Jesse Sparhawk on VHF Records.

Told in the form of solo instrumental guitar, Carbonaraʼs lyrical playing offers the listener seven personal autobiographical narratives that play out as carefully shaped thematic song poems.

Carbonaraʼs playing draws on an array of rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani classical. Over the years he has developed a unique exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease by combining self-taught, free form classical and flamenco techniques with those learned from formal studies in India from master Hindustani slide guitarist, Debashish Bhattacharya.

By Kinan Faham

"the Silent Camera" was conceived in 2009 and was inspired by the music of Arvo Part especially his piece "Silentium". I perceive the modern world as oscillating between two extremes that are analogous to two of Arvo Part's pieces: "Perpetuum Mobile" represents the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the sea of people surrounding you, the noise in the streets, the deadlines, the challenges and the lessons to learn, the new technologies and risks facing our civilization, the musical pieces you learn [or fail to master],.. etc. "Silentium" represents the resolution of every musical note, every spoken word and every movement of your day. It is the moment that you are most likely to remember after the day's noise has settled and its turbulence has subsided. It is the moment that we all crave and the moment that will allow us to persist to the next day when the Perpetuum Mobile cycle starts again.

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