Bret Williams has released his third album, Seven Original Pieces for Solo Guitar. Classical Guitar Magazine describes Williams as, “Alluring…accomplished.” And Tony Morris, of NPR’s Classical Guitar Alive! program describes Williams’ playing on the new album has having an “energetic, warm and polished sound…wonderful precision.”
It is worth adding that Williams album is simply a delight to listen to it. The compositions weave threads of modern pentatonic tonalities into the foundational fabric of 19the century classical traditions. The result is timeless and enjoyable.
Seven Original Pieces for Solo Guitar is the culmination of an impressive body work by Williams, the Brooklyn–based composer, educator, and host of the Classical Guitar Insider podcast (est. 2013, currently 133 episodes).
Williams studied guitar performance at The University of Texas at Austin and the Mannes School of Music, and holds a Masters of Music degree.
A diagnosis of Focal dystonia, a neurological motor disorder with no known cure, forced him to adapt to a new style of playing early in his career. The album is a reflection on his journey to gaining trust in his hands, expanding his talent to include composition, and returning to the concert stage.
Where to Listen
You can listen to the entire album at bretwilliams.hearnow.com
You can also find Williams online at bretwilliamsmusic.com.
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- No One Needs Love When They Are On a Plant Based Diet 2:57
- A Person of Questionable Temperament 3:08
- That Book About the Fig Tree 3:12
- Aww Wait! 3:23
- Give Us a Minute 3:46
- Where Should We Live? 4:20