Connors is able to wring from these boundaried terrains such emotional depth and crystalline -- if not vulnerable -- vision as to make each small segment a communicating of the purity and multi-dimensionality of each emotion, from one world to the next, a full and complete statement in and of itself.
The pieces inside Airs are short poems that open out onto a vast expanse that goes beyond sonic truth and engages the listener in the very place where she or he lives -- at the heart level.
The final piece on the disc, "The Death of Shelley," refers to the drowning of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley during a storm. His body was found ten days later, and the only way he could be identified was by the copy of John Keats poems in his jacket pocket. That's the legend. Connors ' piece is slow, brief, and dark; there are ominous sounds in the background, as if from the aftermath of thunder carried on the wind. Less than three minutes long, it is an elegiac tome, full of loss, regret, and sorrow.
These two works are a whispering precursor, and the psychic foundations laid for the creation of the heart-searing Portrait of a Soul less than one year later.
Matthew Fiander. Jeffrey D Leven. Hein Marais. Louis Law. Glen Hirshberg. Purchasable with gift card. An Air Child Sorrow in the House Brigid's Air Moonyean No. O'Connor's Last Air Onora's Kid Frozen Star O'Carolan's Air Little Shoes No Way Home Evangeline Dance Acadia A Boy's Day at the Fair The Cart Ride Airs No.
Moonyean Death of Shelley On Patrick Hill O'Connaira's Air Silent in the Soul At the Playground Stephen Foster's Air Many years later, Ferris wrote the liner notes for a sweeping compilation CD set of Connors's seven-inch recordings, called "Night Through. Best known as a composer and improviser on acoustic and electric guitar , Connors has released over 50 albums, on commercial record labels such as Table of the Elements and Father Yod as well as on his own Black Label, St.
Joan and Daggett self publishing imprints. From , Connors released six limited edition albums with singer-guitarist Kath Bloom. In the mids, Connors took a partial break from music and honed his compositional skills by focusing on the art of haiku. He wrote under the name Loren Mattei, and a music recording from this period, Ribbon o' Blues, was also released under that name. Soon after returning to music, Connors began working with layered tracks. The first of this period was the In Pittsburgh album, released in reissued by the Dexter's Cigar label in This approach to recording continued through the s.
Langille's vocals were featured on several recordings, and she also helped edit the music. Many of these releases were on the RoadCone label, managed by Mike Hinds. Such recordings were interspersed with live performances of guitar duets. This was followed by the first of several recordings with guitarist Alan Licht in Fahey, who died in , included on his last CD, released posthumously in , a piece called, "Red Cross, Disciple of Christ Today for Guitar Roberts ," referring to Connors's nickname.
In the mids, Connors met and performed with Jandek , a long-time improviser whose unique independence and originality had often been compared to Connors's.
He worked very closely with poet Steve Dalachinsky who died in  and also with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter. Connors was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in