"Electric Sitar Meditations" out NOW, both on CD and as digital downloads!
Sandalwood incense wafts from the next room. “Electric Sitar Meditations” by Pete Kennedy is playing. The drone of his sitar is calming, but at the same time it triggers a heightened sensual awareness. Kennedy's solid reputation as a folk-rock sideman was cemented long ago through his work with Nanci Griffith, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Kate Wolf and most notably his wife and duo partner Maura Kennedy. He's also released a string of guitar-centric albums in the roots/Americana genre.
With "Electric Sitar Meditations" he takes a bold step in a new direction, offering a set of jazz classics from the late fifties "modal" period associated with Miles and Coltrane, balanced against a virtual "side two" of his own improvisations on classical themes by Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky and Bartok. The electric sitar, which he plays solo throughout with no overdubs or edits, is an evocative, surprisingly sonorous instrument that has long deserved a rehab from its hippie-era gimmick status. Kennedy quietly reinvents the instrument as an "ancient but fresh" sound that will intrigue jazz, classical and new age listeners.
Get the digital download on your choice of several music outletsHERE
Check out the chart, below, of the 597 unique songs we've played so far!
597 Different Songs Played So Far
We've played 597 (!!) different songs over our 61 livestreaming concerts, which happens every Sunday from 2-3pm EDT. Please join us this coming Sunday, May 16 at 2pm Eastern Time when we'll present episode 5 of our mini-series of mostly original songs we're calling "Songs That Bring in the Light." Each show will focus on related themes, and we're calling this fifth one, "Myth, Magic and Mystery, Part 1."
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After sequestering for over a year in a world-wide effort to curb Covid-19, we finally booked our first in-person concert, scheduled for Saturday, August 14, 2021 in Port Jefferson, NY!! You can get details to this and any future dates that come in, below. For the time being, we're only considering outdoor, socially distanced shows. In addition, we invite you to join us Sundays at 2pm Eastern as we continue our weekly livestream. Watch this space for further changes.
Tone, Twang & Taste: A Guitar Memoir by Pete Kennedy
Order Pete's long-awaited autobiography, Tone, Twang & Taste: A Guitar Memoir. Pete has assembled hundreds of musical stories from his life, starting with the day he first discovered the guitar as a child. This book features lots of rare photos that span his whole life.
Press Reviews of Past Albums:
“West is a collection of thirteen enchanting tracks whose heartfelt and passionate execution makes for a wonderful listening experience.”
Rik Flynn, Guitar and Bass Magazine, UK says,"The luscious folk-laced tapestry of their latest offering Closer Than You Know will doubtless charm the pants off us Brits."
All Music Guide says,“An excellent release from start to finish.”
Maverick Magazine (UK) says, "Another wonderful album from New York duo comprised of sweet and soulful acoustic alternative folk-pop music...You will truly enjoy the wonderful songs on this marvellous album. Maura's voice is sweet & charming. There's a geniune emotion at work here..."
The Sunday New York Daily News' Jim Farber "...is floored by the Kennedys."