String quartet The 41st Year has released the CD titled ” Lindsey Stirling: The Voice of the Quilt.” This concert is arranged as a mini-concert held at St. John’s College, University of Alabama. It is the quartet’s first concert in the United States. The concert is co-sponsored by the University of Alabama and The Blackfoot Club. The concert is dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Lindsey (chairs of the board for the library).
This string quartet is headed by the outstanding vocalist, violin player and composer Lindsey Stirling. Stirling has a masterful ability to create melodic harmony from his six-stringed instrument. He frequently uses unusual tuning techniques. His musical style is distinguished by the use of highly developed double bass strings, unusual harmonics and prominent flamenco picking. This sophisticated style is evident in each of the songs he plays.
Lindsey Stirling has also composed several duos packages featuring his partner Amy Waterman on vocals and keyboards. Other duos include Mark Whitfield on bass and Benmontore Martin on drums. All the remaining members of the group have won several Grammys including Breakthroughs, Best Rock Performance and Album of the Year.
In the album titled Lindsey Stirling: The Voice of the Quilt, all the members of this quintet have received Grammys and had their own album of the year award. The album contains duets with numerous artists including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Jimmy Page. A member of the group, Benmontore Martin, is an accomplished keyboard player and singer. His voice has been heard on numerous radio and TV shows. Benmontore has additionally appeared in films such as Rocky and Dirty Love, Vanilla Sky and Paterson.
Stirling sings lead guitar in a trio with his brother, Collin. He has composed several original songs as well. His playing is characterized by a melodic approach to picking which is similar to that of John Martyn. The music that he composes has an acoustic feel to it. His style is comparable to Martin’s, but he prefers acoustic pop songs.
Stirling is not the only artist to illustrate the voice of Stevie Wonder. His twin brother, Martin, also provides a unique voice. Their voices harmonize perfectly and complement each other’s. Wonder also illustrated the instrument on his album “Psalm of Youth.”
Another artist who exhibits a distinctive vocal range is Greg Lake. Lake plays the guitar in a folk/rock band called Circle Seven. He also has also performed standup comedy. A segment of his recent shows focused on the instrument and its various dimensions.
You will also discover voices from other cultures besides English, French, German, Polish and Spanish. Asian, Chinese and Finnish cultures have created very distinctive sound signatures. In addition, Latin and African cultures have shown off their own special forms of vocal delivery. There are also Middle Eastern and Islamic voices, as well as West African ones. These cultures all have their own way of speaking and expressing their music through instruments. Their distinct styles can be heard in solo performances, duets with other instruments and ensembles.