Arch Guitar. May 31, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in music.
Tags: arch guitar, Canon 24mm f3.5L TS-E II lens, Elliot, Elliot. tilt-shift photography, farmers' market, Northampton MA, Peter Blanchette, street entertainers, Tuesday market
At Northanpton’s Tuesday Market this past week I was delighted to find that they had entertainment. Not John and Mary singing folks songs, but Peter Blanchette playing his own creation, the Arch Guitar.
Now, if you’ve been reading for any while you know I’m an old softy, so I’ll just admit to crying in public. This was some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard, and certainly the most beautiful music I’ve heard from three feet away.
Mr. Blanchette is world renowned, and on the brink of flying off to Europe for another widely anticipated tour. And if you’re selling out classical guitar venues in Spain, you might just be considered to have made it.
I asked permission, then stepped around the bowl where people were dropping change and dollar bills to get these shots:
This creation of his, the Arch Guitar, is the sweetest monster I’ve ever seen, with eleven strings and a fretboard you could launch planes off of:
This man is a genius, pure and simple. Know his face:
…and, if you have three minutes, hear his genius:
I spent longer than this dialing in these photos, but given the entertainment, I wasn’t in a hurry.
Again, Elliot delivered, hand-held and unfiltered.
Great good luck to Peter on his upcoming tour.
And thanks to Elliot for his hard work, and to YOU, my readers, for humoring my divergences into things which are hard to categorize.