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|Performance by Henry Kaiser
Guitarist Henry Kaiser is a prolific member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, as well as being a globally recognized leader of the "second generation" free improvisers who came of age in the '70s. His earliest musical inspiration came from the spiky sounds of English improvising guitarist Derek Bailey and the many guitarists in Captain Beefheart's Magic Band; later on Kaiser absorbed the subtle string textures of the American blues stylists and traditional music of Asia, particularly India, Korea, and Vietnam. His initial recordings documented solo projects and spontaneous groupings with other energetic improvisers like Fred Frith, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, pianist Greg Goodman, and vocalist Diamanda Galas. Kaiser's restless creativity unearthed many new and unconventional electric guitar techniques during these years, and he combined these innovations with a strong sense of logic and concise development, often aided by sophisticated sound-processing devices. Recently Kaiser's projects have tended toward the rock sound of the '60s and '70s, with a special fascination for the music of The Grateful Dead. But he has simultaneously explored American folk along with the folk music of Vietnam and Madagascar. -- Myles Boisen , All-Music Guide
Kaiser has appeared on more than 250 albums and scored dozens of tv shows and films. He was awarded a GRAMMY for his work on the Beautiful Dreamer tribute to Stephen Foster.