Tall Tall Trees in Central Park.

In Audioroticby Matia G.1 Comment

When I think of the banjo, I imagine a black and white film of an old man wearing a straw hat, sitting on a porch, chewing on tobacco, strumming a banjo, and singing about how his woman left him, or about heading out west to look for work. The instrument has a rich and lengthy history, but has only been in use in the United States since the 19th century. While the banjo is often regarded as the weirdo bluegrass cousin in the string family, its sound has long been associated with old men in straw hats and country music, however more recently and most regrettably, that association has now grown to be with Mumford and Sons.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

Recently I attended a show at Boston’s newest venue, The Sinclair, where all of my preconceptions and stereotypical thinking about the banjo and its musical functionality were swiftly uprooted and cast out of my mind. At that show I saw the wonderfully talented experimental violinist, Kishi Bashi, accompanied by Mike Savino, a young bearded gentleman on the banjo, who goes by the name, Tall Tall Trees. I have never seen a music spectacle like what I saw at that show, especially the unconventional and frankly extraordinary playing of Tall Tall Trees on plugged-in banjo.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

A few weeks ago Quiet Lunch caught up with Tall Tall Trees in New York City for a stroll through Central Park. Unfortunately it was raining rather vigorously that day, but we managed to have a nice chat under one of Central Park’s many bridges. Mike even graced us with the song “The Seagull & the Eagle” to accompany our video with him. To listen to more music by Tall Tall Trees, please visit his bandcamp page where you can stream and purchase his latest album, Moments.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

Photo Courtesy of Kareem Gonsalves.

 Written by Matia A. Guardabascio.↓

Matia A. Guardabascio: (n.) editor at large; a silly, dirty old poet known for her enthusiasm, her exuberance and her contradictory opinions of mankind.

Matia A. Guardabascio: (n.) editor at large; a silly, dirty old poet known for her enthusiasm, her exuberance and her contradictory opinions of mankind.

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