- Released: September 11, 2001
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
NAPRA Review - 03-04/02, p.84
"...Emotionally intelligent composition and arrangements, intricacies of melody, and an innovative approach toward playing characterize these pieces..."
Solo performer: Michael Hedges (acoustic guitar, harp guitar, piano).
Producers: Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, Steven Miller, Eliot Mazer, John Diliberto.
Includes liner notes by John Diliberto.
There were few boundaries for the late Michael Hedges, who did everything he could to dissolve the limitations of the acoustic guitar and give voice to the symphonies in his head. Tapping with his left hand, slapping with his right, thwacking the guitar body percussively, he didn't allow a single inch of his instrument to go unplayed.
In his later work he experimented with vocals, flute, and keyboards, but BEYOND BOUNDARIES compiles his most moving solo guitar compositions. Here he employs unusual tunings, subtle harmonics, and an eclectic writing style that takes him far beyond the confines of the "new age" tag. He explores finger-picked folk ("Rickover's Dream"), frolicsome baroque ("Eleven Small Roaches"), harp guitar ("The Double Planet"), slow jazz ("Dream Beach"), space-funk ("The Funky Avocado"), even a Frank Zappa cover. As impressive as his compositional skills and technique were, his approach to songs was always playful and humble. For the uninitiated, this is a handy introduction to the music of a virtuoso and blithe spirit.