Pieces of Road
Stuart Weber composer, guitar
Antigoni Goni guitar
Angella Ahn violin
Maria Ahn cello
Stuart Weber’s PIECES OF ROAD is a heartfelt, profound homage to the spirit of the American West. At once traditional and original, the classical guitarist manages to capture the essence not only of his native Rocky Mountains, but of nature and comfort at large.
Weber celebrates his landscapes in sound with the elaboration and care they justly deserve. It comes as no surprise that the guitarist claims to have been inspired by the long Montana winters to compose this music: if one were to imagine the perfect soundtrack for such a setting, this would be it.
Anniversary Waltz is a charismatic, warm dance with none of a traditional waltz’s rhythmic rigidity, but all of its sentiment and musicality. This track features Weber himself on one of two guitars, along with Antigoni Goni, an internationally renowned Greek guitar virtuoso. The quartet is rounded off by sisters Angella Ahn and Maria Ahn— on violin and cello respectively— who are two-thirds of The Ahn Trio, a dynamic group advancing new compositions in the classical tradition. Anniversary Waltz makes for a fitting warm-up before the album’s core, Pieces of Road.
Each movement traces a road that the composer traveled often in his youth. The Old Way bids tribute to the hard won routes that now lay abandoned alongside the new, highly engineered pavement. Sunken Highway describes a road bed forever lost to the rising waters of a reservoir. Sweetgrass Hills is a frolicking shot down the gravel road; cresting a dozen stomach turning, giggle inducing hills before finally coming to a stop at the grandparents’ ranch.
Weber’s impeccable playing contributes tremendously to PIECES OF ROAD. His ability to not only conceive, but also to perform the music to perfection is a great blessing – both for the artist as well as for the listener.
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Stuart Weber – Anniversary Waltz | Stuart Weber and the making of PIECES OF ROAD
Track Listing & Credits
|01||Anniversary Waltz||Stuart Weber||Stuart Weber, guitar; Antigoni Goni, guitar; Angella Ahn, violin; Maria Ahn, cello||4:38|
|02||Pieces of Road: I. The Old Way||Stuart Weber||Stuart Weber, guitar||3:30|
|03||Pieces of Road: II. Sunken Highways||Stuart Weber||Stuart Weber, guitar||3:06|
|04||Pieces of Road: III. Sweetgrass Hills||Stuart Weber||Stuart Weber, guitar||2:52|
Recorded Februrary 29, 2020 at Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon NY
Session Producer & Engineer Ryan Streber
Assistant Engineer Edwin Huet
PIECES OF ROAD
Recorded October 21, 2019 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA
Session Producer John Page
Session Engineer Tom Stephenson
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
VP, Audio Production Jeff LeRoy
Audio Director, Editing, Mixing & Mastering Lucas Paquette
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Sara Warner
Stuart Weber's passion for the guitar was ignited early on when at age 12 when a cousin loaned him a flood-ravaged folk guitar. Undaunted by its poor condition, Weber began a ravenous period of self-study, which carried him through his teenage years and beyond.