Jamming with Modeste at the Livestock Festival

September 6, 2010

Photo by Yann Seznec

I’m not sure I could cook up a better way to spend an August Sunday morning in the middle of the Oxfordshire countryside than to jam with a Malagasy guitarist during Malachy O’Neill’s wonderful Livestock Festival. Modeste, who had never played a banjo before, picked mine up and started messing around with it. One thing led to another and we ended up spending the whole morning hashing out some variations on a Malagasy theme. It was a meditative, creative jam, during which I strove to obtain little by little the level of enlightened, relaxed concentration that Modeste exudes when he plays. That composure makes all the difference!
Anyhow, here are a couple of shortened tracks from the experience (I have a few hours of recording!).
Modeste: Banjo
Cory: Guitar

Modeste and Cory Variations (song)

Modeste and Cory Variations (instrumental)

Here’s a little youtube clip of the musical exchange…


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