At the Holy Grail guitar show 2015 - Estrel Berlin.
Kinloch Nelson with Multi at The Woodstock Invitational Luthier Showcase NY, October 2015. He is such a wonderful individual, and very generous of his time. On that day, he looked at my guitar, and said: - It gonna go fine!
I left the guitar with him for a few minutes... and he asked if I liked George Harrison ? I told him whatever he came-up with for playing Multi will be all right ; ) His version of -Blue Jay Way- was something to witness in person! Thanks Kinloch! The recording below is not perfect but captures the excitement that was shared on that day.
Blue Jay Way (The Beatles song) - Kinloch Nelson
Photos by: Peter Wilson
Workshop view, Mutli back carving in process, 2015
From the first sketches (left) that I did in 2013, it took literally a years for the idea
of a -harp guitar- to find its way into a dynamic outline that I was happy with. The more definitive sketch (right) hinted a -twisted body- from its lines, and a slim, compact and ergonomic form.
At first I thought of making the soundbox to Multi from thin wood strips, in a lute-like construction as I did for Oudtar.
I called a luthier friend who I knew had longer wood (longer than guitar size), surely because I had helped him salvage a Poplar tree several years prior. He makes double-bass backs out of Poplar, and I knew it was now ready to be worked.
Long story short, when I got these impressive Poplar wedges at my workshop, I couldn't cut through them...They felt so complete as they where...and I left them aside for awhile - until I decided to do the illegal thing to do : Go back in instrument-making history, and literally -carve out- my soundbox out of them.
This is how the Multi series was born as a more -sculptural- one.
Below is my first carving complete, a few weeks prior to its presentation at the 2015 Woodstock luthier showcase.
What I never get used to and find very striking in terms of social contrast, relates to making and completing the work in solo for many (many) weeks, ...right before exhibiting them to the public, usually having a travel day in between.
2015 was such a crazy year, as I participated in two back-to-back guitar shows. Here is a picture set from the Woodstock Invitational luthier showcase :
As you can see...Quite a different atmosphere than being solo in a workshop!
Right, is Jeff
Doctorow, who was kind enough to let me exhibit my instrument the week after in Berlin.
And a few pictures below from the Berlin - Holy Grail guitar show -, which is really worth of mention as it was from the beginning put together by the EGB luthiers themselves. The HGGS will be missed for sure by everyone! I had the chance of meeting there some of my peers and see their work, which in all, is a quite a humbling and motivating experience :
Coming back home from is when I could finally record the instrument before shipping it out. The recording isn't super perfect but the playing is ; )
Jean-Marc Hébert is a guitarist and composer I met in Montreal in 2009. 5 seconds into the conversation and we where talking about Marc Ribot. Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, composer John Zorn, Mark Feldman and Joey Baron -those guys. I went to see Jean-Marc's show, and...I was blown away by his music.
Fast forward a few years later; and the JM7 was created for him, alongside the hollow-body electric guitar Kouai and Guitare-Fruit no.5.
Jean-Marc Hebert playing Multi mostly acoustic.