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Ben von Wildenhaus
    Saturday March 17, 2012 12:00am - 12:40am @ The Hideout (617 Congress Ave)

    Benjamin von Wildenhaus. Name sounds like a turn-of-the-century Prussian duke or peddler of curios, snakeoil and ersatz jewelry. Maybe not such a bad set of images to start by thinking about, rather than all his influences or whatever. Ben Wildenhaus is a guitar player, pianist and all-‘round musical dude, on par with modern guys like Alan Bishop and older ones like Sandy Bull. All three were drawn to the vast space, windblown grit and non-Western twang of desert guitar/oud music. None went the tacky world [sic] music route, Allah etc. be praised. All three instead took gracefully and intuitively to the music’s deeper structure—hazy or unmarked beginnings and endings, subtle dynamic rise and ebb, and unhurried play—and adapted it into their own idiom. They’ve given us ambitious wandering soundscapes, suitable for salt trading by caravan, qat chewing in humid cafés, and walking to work with your headphones on.

    Benjamin von Wildenhaus. Name sounds like a turn-of-the-century...

    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #BenvonWildenhaus
    Tags All, Avant-Experimental
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17354

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