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Kerrville New Folk winner Hans York is an Internationally touring, Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
He has quickly made himself a name as an extraordinary DADGAD player and strong, engaging performer with a distinctive style and an irrepressibly
delightful and approachable manner. His intimate and distinctive voice draws comparisons to Sting, Paul Simon, Kenny Rankin or Michael Franks
and captures the audience instantly with its honesty and
Hans accompanied Robert Palmer on German TV, toured as bassist with the New York Broadway Ensemble, played throughout Europe with
master harp player Diger Oppermann, and performed a Concerto as Soloist on fretless bass with the "Ars Quittilinga" Chamber Orchestra
(Concerto written by contemporary German composer Thomas K?nig). Hans York co- founded the German Worldmusic cult band Moka Efti and
recorded three CDs
with them. The third album, ?Fata Morgana? features US
saxophonist Charlie Mariano
and producer/saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein (Vienna Art Orchestra).
Hans spent six months in Rio de Janeiro where he studied Samba, Bossa Nova and popular Brazilian music, an experience that upon his return to Germany, inspired his first solo album Hazzazar.
Hans York is a world musician in the true sense of the term, drawing most of his present day inspiration from his vast eclectic background.
His 2008 album "Young Amelia" is a
low-key gem showcasing York?s impressive acoustic guitar playing, appealing
tenor and strong songwriting skills. His approach to the guitar blends jazz,
folk and Classical European styles into a sound that?s both familiar and unique. Self-produced and recorded live in the studio in a mere two and a half days with the help of some talented friends (credits below),
Young Amelia shows off York?s distinctive guitar sound, full of rhythmic and melodic flourishes that impress without overwhelming the songs. York favors open tunings,
which give his playing an expansive feel, marked by full, round notes and chiming overtones.
"Young Amelia" takes you on a subtle
journey to explore the hidden recesses of the human heart with outstanding
musicianship and deep compassion. The set includes ?Tell Me Why,? a jazzy,
Brazilian flavored tune marked by York?s impressive fretwork; the classic swing of ?Invocation,? which will be the album?s first single, where York drops a bit of tongue twisting vocalese worthy of
Jon Hendricks into the mix, and the gently rowdy ragtime of ?Never Been in Love,? a tongue in cheek celebration of life after a failed relationship. Other standout tracks include ?Young Amelia,?
a ballad full of melancholic poetry that investigates the heartbreaking tension between love and loss, youth and old age; ?Snow,? a tune with a circular guitar melody that suggests swirling snowflakes;
the elegant, measured ballad ?Inner Windows;? the newgrass bounce of ?Lifeline,? and ?Letting Go,? a hushed meditation on the death of a parent with one of York?s most poignant vocals.
York will be touring extensively to support Young Amelia, impressing audiences with his remarkable musicianship and low-key charisma.
on Young Amelia:
Hans York, acoustic guitar and vocals; Jon Hamar, bass; Chris Stormquist, percussion, glockenspiel; Eva Scow, mandolin; Dusty Brough, nylon string guitar;
Myra Joy, cello; Elizabeth!, trombone and vocals; Dan Tyack, pedal steel, dobro; Backing vocals, James Hurley, Kym Tuvim, Larry Murante
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