Catching up with Henry Kaiser

Source: Peg Head Nation.

Still, keeping up with Kaiser could be a full-time job. He’s been on more than 270 albums since 1977 (about seven records per year). And it’s not just a matter of numbers: the sheer variety of sounds and collaborators is staggering. His 2015 releases included Megasonic Chapel, with percussionist William Winant, cellist Danielle DeGruttola, pianist Tania Chen, and haegum player Soo-Yeon Lyuh; Echoes for Sonny, a Sonny Sharrock homage with guitarists Robert Musso and Nick Didkovsky, bassist Jesse Krakow, and drummer Weasel Walter; At CNMAT, a 2007 electronic trio with Chris Muir on the Buchla 200E and the late David Wessel on SLABS; You Can’t Get There from Here, a 2010 studio session with cellist DeGrutolla, bassist Michael Manring, guqin (zither) player Wu Na, mridangam (barrel drum) and kanjira (frame drum) player Anantha R. Krishnan, and vocalist Gautam Tejas Ganeshan; The Celestial Squid, with guitarist Ray Russell, saxophonists Steve Adams, Joshua Allen, Phillip Greenlief, and Aram Shelton, bassists Manring and Damon Smith, and drummers Winant and Walter; and Garden of Memory, a box set of Kaiser’s live electric guitar solos from the annual walk-through concerts in Oakland’s Chapel of the Chimes columbarium.

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