Tim Brady: 100 Very Good Reasons Why…; Instruments of Happiness; 100 guitares

100 electric guitars

Commission: Bradyworks

Premiere: March 7, 2015, Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2015: 100 guitares, Grande place — Complexe Desjardins, Montréal (Québec)

100 Very Good Reasons Why___ pays homage to Les Paul, legendary jazz guitarist and inventor of the ‘40s and ‘50s, who was born in 1915.

Les loved the guitar, and he loved hearing lots of guitars play together. So why not have 100 guitars play for Les Paul’s 100th birthday? This gives us 100 Very Good Reasons Why___ (…we should play guitar, we should love Les Paul, we should eat our vegetables, we should brush our teeth, we should…).

For this work, the guitarists are split into 4 sections. Each section is positioned in a different location within the concert space so that the music not only moves through time, but also through space, in a version of live surround-sound.

Why should we love Les Paul? Not only was he a legendary jazz guitarist, Les was also a musical inventor who radically influenced the course of music and music technology as we know it today. He invented the solid body electric guitar (the pre-condition to rock ‘n roll), and the recording technologies of overdubbing and multi-tracking, which have become the standard for all contemporary music production (think Garage Band). The Gibson Les Paul guitar is one of the most important instruments in the history of the guitar.

[traduction française: Eleonore Pelletier]