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Achim Kaufmann Trio


Saturday, December 8, 2007

Concert will begin promptly at 5:15 pm in order to coincide with the sunset.


Live Oak Friends Meeting House
1318 West 26th St., Houston, TX (map)


Concert is free of charge; donation is suggested.

Jack Rose (Philadelphia) — acoustic guitar
Donald Miller (New Orleans) — 12-string acoustic guitar

Achim Kaufmann Trio

Jack Rose is this era’s foremost practitioner of the warm, intricate acoustic guitar style that manifested in the music the legendary John Fahey decades ago. This distinctly American art form has its roots in blues, folk and ragtime. Rose updates it with exacting clarity and a sense of meditation brought from his study of classical Indian music. A younger musician with the confidence of a veteran, Rose’s sound has the detail of a finely woven piece of folk art and the lushness of nature.

Guitarist Donald Miller became a legend as a member of Borbetomagus, the founding fathers of noise music, whose annihilating walls of sound became instantly infamous in the early 1980s. In a rare acoustic performance, Miller will display the other side of his musical personality. His acoustic performances surprise in that they show the same aesthetic concerns—texture, space and sound. With beauty (instead of musical violence) they explore Miller’s deep connection to minimalism and the sonic overtones that have always informed his work.

Houston’s Quaker Community opened the Live Oak Friends Meeting House, designed by artist James Turrell, in 2001. The Meeting House includes two installations by Turrell. For Turrell’s Skyspace, a portion of the Meeting House roof is opened in order to observe the subtle changes of light that occur during the sunset. After dark, the roof is closed for Turrell’s Night Piece, an installation of neon lights.

Artist Links:

Jack Rose @ VHF Records
Jack Rose @ MySpace
Donald Miller @ Mantra TV