Jakob Pek - Acoustic Medicine
(Independent - May 4, 2017)
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Acoustic Medicine is the result of three years of Jakob Pek's experimentation with the acoustic guitar. Guitar is actually not Jakob's first instrument. Violin is the first instrument Jakob picked up at the age of four. Since then, he's also added piano and percussion.
The results come out in soundscapes that meander in and around the varied musical influences from the classic folk vibe of Surrendered to Grace, to the avant garde sounds of Sweet Memory's Melody. He explores tone in Angel's Hymn, and a variety of global influences in The Great Return.
He draws from a wide range of influences and sources, and uses a variety of techniques, including fingerstyle, bowing, and alternate tunings to create a range of sounds and effects.
This is meditative music, engaging the mind as well as the ears. It's avant garde for those who may not care about the avant garde, with warmth and sonic experimentation in an easy partnership.
Along with his solo work, Jakob performs regularly as half of DunkelpeK, a duo he formed with like-minded percussionist Nava Dunkelman. He has also performed with many pioneers of contemporary music such as Fred Frith, Arrington de Dionyso, Theresa Wong, Rent Romus, Chris Brown and David Behrman.
Jakob's more notable performances have included the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Musica Medicina Festival in Pisac, Peru, and the Haight Ashbury Street Fair in San Francisco.
1. Surrendered To Grace
2. Acoustic Medicine
3. The Great Return
4. Angel’s Hymn
5. Sweet Memory’s Melody