“THE SEA SEEMS TO CONTAIN EVERY FREQUENCY KNOWN TO MAN” James Wilkinson
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One of the nicest aspects of my lovely several week visit to Golden Bay on the top end of the south island of Aotearoa (New Zealand) has been the opportunity to spend some quality time with the truly…and in no way do i use this term lightly…legendary James Wilkinson, a brilliant guitarist who I first met in 2002. In addition to guitar and vocals, he is an amazing 6 string fretless bass player and an all-round great and fun person with a fantastic sense of humour.
The first thing we did together was in 2002 when I’d put together my ‘First Ancestor’ cd. I had not met James at the time we did the initial jam that became the cd, but during the post-production interval I became aware of his work and invited him to add some fretless bass to the existing tracks, which he did in one sitting of brilliant post-live improvisation.
Anna, Margot, Kate Liddell and James
When we saw each other in December it had been 15 years since we’d seen each other. He and Kate Liddell, a brilliant musician from the UK playing primarily violin but also trumpet, tin whistle and vocals, have become a dyad of brilliance in many ways, all of which exclusive to their private lives except their music, which is amazing. They play live a good bit performing primarily Celtic tunes. We all participated in a ‘musical journey experimental session’ here at Grant Knowles’ a few weeks ago.
And it’s been my honour and pleasure both to record James and Kate, both together and individually, making ‘whale sounds’ on their respective instruments, AND most fun jamming with them on my native American flute, first at the market in Takaka 3 weeks ago and at Pupu Springs here last Sunday.
In honour of Steve Martin’s admonition, ‘Talking about music is like dancing about architecture’, allow me to share some of this awesome music with you.
“FIRST ANCESTOR” (2002)
JAMES WILKINSON ON BANDCAMP
“ELECTROGANIC JAM” TAKAKA MARKET DECEMBER 2017
“LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU” JAM WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS TAKAKA
SPINNER DOLPHINS, KATHLEEN CARR
‘”FRIENDS OF MR. LIMPETT” TERRY LILLEY
HUMPBACK WHALES, KATHLEEN CARR
By this time next week I will be in Hawai’i where I will be for several weeks, visiting some lovely marine biologist and underwater photographer and other friends on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui. I am very excited to return to the land of Pele and to visit Kilauea once again, the world’s most active volcano, as well as Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, each of which a volcanic cone of over 4000 meters. As I remember, the Big Island has something like 27 of the world’s 29 various ecological zones.
“RAINBOW DOLPHIN MANDALA”, JEFF PHILLIPS (2013)
I am wide open to meet all kinds of wonderful people during my visit to Hawai’i, so if anyone has any friends I should look up or contacts to make, along the lines of cetaceans, marine life, the health of Mother Ocean, art, photography, film-making or indigenous spirituality and cosmology, on either the Big Island, Kauai or Maui…please let me know. I am looking forward to the possibility of doing some large art this time, maybe some large outdoor murals honouring the whales and dolphins. I also look forward to seeing the Southern Cross rising over the Kilauea crater just as I did in February of 2014.
Until next week…in the immortal words of Uncle Jimmy Wilkinson…”FENK YOI” 🙂
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