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COTD #74 : The Boulder Pecker, part 1 26.02.2009

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Climber on Stem Gem by Jarek Tuszynski

Climber on Stem Gem by Jarek Tuszynski

“The Boulder Pecker” is a composition that Miguel completed on his own and submitted to the band. It contains some of the most difficult passages of our current setlist, and requires a high level of cohesion in order to be rendered precisely, without train wrecks.

In my opinion, although it definitely has a flavour all its own, the piece is a good illustration of Miguel’s jazz-rock/fusion/latin influences, Al Di Meola probably being the most prominent.

The inspiration for the piece came from one of Miguel’s passion, rock climbing, of which there are various styles, including bouldering. From Wikipedia :

Bouldering is a style of rock climbing undertaken without a rope and normally limited to very short climbs so that a fall will not result in serious injury. It is typically practiced on large boulders or artificial man-made boulders. However, it may also be practiced at the base of larger rock faces, or even on buildings or public architecture (see buildering).

According to Miguel, who by the way is known to be a most excellent climber, it is quite common for people who practice the activity to search for figures to be revered as “Gods of Climbing.” So he imagined the Woody Woodpecker cartoon character as a climbing deity, hammering and drilling into rock.

Here’s the first third of Miguel’s impression of Woody Woodpecker, God of Bouldering. Hear if you can spot the famous laugh :



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