Folk People Garry Eister
- Garry Eister (b. 1982): Folk People:
- 1Folk People: No. 1, Johnny and Polly06:30
- 2Folk People: No. 2, The Prisoner04:32
- 3Folk People: No. 3, Pretty Little Horses02:20
- 4Folk People: No. 4, The Hearty Bounty06:04
- 5Folk People: No. 5, Cody's Calf - No. 6, From the Autobiography of Mother Jones10:03
Info for Folk People
Grammy Award nominated composer/singer/guitarist Garry Eister brings us a delightful post-modern gloss on the time-honored genre of “Folk Music.” Taking the conventions of courtship songs, prisoner laments, lullabies, and adventures-at-sea to a new level, the set closes with an extraordinary ballad taken from the autobiography of the Irish immigrant who became “The Most Dangerous Woman in America,” labor leader Mother Jones. Eister accompanies himself on a most unusual instrument, too - a metal resonator guitar refretted to the pure intervals of Just Intonation that produces melodies & harmonies not possible on the standard version. Futuristic folk music? Only time will tell!
Garry Eister, guitar, vocals
is a composer/performer who has had a long association (since the 1970s) with Lentz’s music, performing with Lentz’s groups on the West Coast and on four European tours. Eister, who has a Ph.D. in music composition from UC Santa Barbara, studied composition with Edward Applebaum, Peter Fricker, Emma Lou Diemer, and Daniel Lentz. Eister’s compositions have been performed and/or recorded by the Emerson String Quartet, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival Orchestra, Just Strings, the USC New Music Ensemble, the Cuesta Master Chorale, the San Luis Obispo Symphony, glass harmonicist Dennis James, flautist Fred Lau, percussionist Doug Ovens, the Synchronia new music ensemble of St. Louis, Nancy Nagano and Kyomi Kato, singers Jacalyn Kreitzer, Jonathan Mack, and many others. In 2002, the Kreitzer/Davies/Nagano Trio performed his monodrama Like Writing on Water at Carnegie Hall. His Quintet for Glass and Strings is available from Sony Classical Records.