Trekan is an album full of beautiful compositions that toy with playfulness, calmness, and at times a little chaos. Each musician’s voice is highlighted as they weave beautifully in and out of one another. The recording itself is done in a cozy and intimate way, allowing us hear the nuances of the acoustic instruments, including Roddy’s Blue Line archtop. Roddy demonstrates its versatility; sounding sometimes like a harp and in other instances a rich jazz box.
Roddy’s Blue Line was made in 2011. It has european woods; Spruce and Maple from the Carpathian mountains. The top is braced with parallel tone bars and the scale length is 25″. The body depth at the sides on this Blue line is 3.25″.
“Well known in the Canadian music scene, Andrew Downing, Roddy Ellias and Petr Cancura each have a strong musical identity… a unique voice. Andrew Downing is a well respected composer, a bassist and cellist from Toronto. The way Andrew sees music intertwines many genres from Chamber music to jazz to folk music. Roddy Ellias is one of Canada’s legendary jazz guitarists but is also well established in the New Music scene. Striving for beauty Roddy embodies these two worlds in his playing and composing. Petr Cancura is a multi-instrumentalist well versed in bluegrass, folk, jazz and improvised music out of which he has created his own voice, his own stories to tell. What all three musicians share is a thrill of the search for something authentic and real. This meeting in the hills of the Gatineau Hills recorded in a beautiful sounding, wood-laced studio by Ross Murray is available for your enjoyment.” (https://downingcancuraellias.bandcamp.com/album/trekan)
released July 30, 2016
Petr Cancura – Clarinet
Andrew Downing – Cello
Roddy Ellias – Guitar
Here is a video of Roddy’s 2011 Custom Blue Line
Koentopp Blueline from Dan Koentopp on Vimeo.
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