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Most of these albums can be found on the performer's websites; click on their names to go there. The instrument names link to text or photo pages of the instrument, on this website.
First, a list (alphabetical) of my instruments that appear on available recordings, followed by their players. Second, a list of players, with instruments, album titles, pieces and some comments (by me):
Double-neck classical guitar- Todd Green
Dreadnautilus Guitar- Craig James Green
Guitarangi da Gamba- Todd Green
Harpouditar/Swar Rebouditar- Todd Green
Kali 14-string- Marc Dorsa
Sympitar- Marc Dorsa; Alex de Grassi; Todd Green
TODD GREEN plays an 18-string sympitar, as well as a custom double-neck classical guitar, also built by Fred Carlson, on his first solo album, "Awakening"; Todd's most recent albums, "Meditations" and "Celebrations" (fall of 2003) also feature those instruments, as well as the Guitarangi da Gamba and the Harpouditar (or "Swar Rebouditar" as Todd calls it).
MARC DORSA plays Zephyr, an 18-string Sympitar and Kali, a 14-string guitar on Twilights' Path.
KILLICK ERIK HINDS plays the 18-string "H'arpeggione" on a number of recordings from Sol Ponticello Records, both solo and in group context. Killick has a new solo H'arpeggione release (summer, 2008) called "Killick! the Amplifucker", as well as an earlier solo H'arp album that is a recreation of the album "Reign In Blood", by the Heavy Metal band, "Slayer". Killick also plays the H'arpeggione on recordings with the S.S Puft Quartet (in a great free jazz kind of format), The Georgian Contemporary Unit (with Hungarian guitarist Sandor Szabo) and a couple of albums of his own compositions, "Cerebus" and "Khonsay". He also has made one CD of solo recordings performing on Big Red, the 38-string Harp-Sympitar, called "killick bull". Killick's music can be very challenging; it's improvisational, textural, dramatic and often not even what some of us might think of as "music". Much of it is not melodically or harmonically oriented or structured in a traditional sense. I find some of it quite enjoyable to listen to, all of it interesting.
CRAIG JAMES GREEN uses his Dreadnautilus guitar on two CDs with his musical partner, Nelson Soucek: "Strange Dreams" and "Channeling Picasso", from Liberal Palette Productions.
JEFF TITUS performs on the first Harp-Sympitar ever built, the Oracle, on several pieces on his debut album, "Wood Dragon". On the title track his amazing technique on Oracle is augmented by some wonderful Guzheng (Chinese zither) playing by Gregg Miner. Jeff and the 24-string Oracle are also featured on the Harp Guitar Music compilation, "Harp Guitar Dreams", with the piece, "Mahjabeen".
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