October 01, 2010

Joe Satriani: Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards

Joe Satriani has been a leading guitarist since 1986. Releasing high quality instrumental albums is his forte and Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, the latest addition to his catalog, has to a more melodic riff approach than the over all the place approach Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock.

Kicking off with the riffarama of Premonition, all pieces come together in Dream Song, with a stuttering backdrop bubbling under his signature guitar tone, leading up to the album's peak Pyrrhic Victoria, a funky rocker that can bounce off the upper balconies in concert, slipping into fist-pumping rock anthem mode shortly before the two minutes mark.

Since they were recording at George Lucas Skywalker studios, sci-fi imagery made its way on the album with Wormhole Wizards and Light Years Away. The most obvious "black swan" (which means an unlikely thing) is Wind In The Trees. Running his guitar through the pitch correction software Auto-Tune, he created the sound of gusts of wind blowing tree branches every which way. It sounds uncanny and unnatural and once again sets him apart as a player who will try anything to get new sounds that fit into his tone.

Joe Satriani; guitar
Jeff Campitelli: drums
Allen Whitman: bass
Mike Keneally: keyboards

Joe Satriani: Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards

Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards is released on Sony. release date: October 4 in Europe and the UK, October 5 in the USA.

  1. Premonition
  2. Dream Song
  3. Pyrrhic Victoria
  4. Light Years Away
  5. Solitude
  6. Littleworth Lane
  7. The Golden Room
  8. Two Sides to Every Story
  9. Wormhole Wizard
  10. Wind in the Trees
  11. God Is Crying

His European tour kicks on October 17th in Manchester.

Live dates:
  • 10/17 Manchester, Apollo Manchester, UK
  • 10/18 Bristol, Colston Hall Bristol, UK
  • 10/19 Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
  • 10/21 Newcastle City Hall Newcastle, UK
  • 10/22 Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, UK
  • 10/23 Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
  • 10/25 La Cigale, Paris, France
  • 10/26 La Cigale, Paris, France
  • 10/27 Le Colisee, Roubaix, France
  • 10/28 Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • 10/29 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rock 'n Roots Guitar Night)
  • 10/30 Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
  • 11/01 Dommelsch Zaal, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • 11/02 E-Werk, Cologne, Germany
  • 11/03 Arena HC Sparta, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 11/05 BKZ Oktyabrsky, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 11/06 Arena Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • 11/08 Budapest Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary
  • 11/09 Gasometer, Vienna, Auatria
  • 11/10 Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 11/11 Alcatraz, Milano, Italy
  • 11/12 Gran Teatro, Padova, Italy
  • 11/14 Atlantico, Rome, Italy
  • 11/16 L'Amphitheatre Cite Internacionale, Lyon, France
  • 11/17 Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
  • 11/18 Sala la Riviera, Madrid, Spain
  • 11/20 Rockstar Live, Bilbao, Spain
  • 11/21 Pavilhao Rosa Mota, Oporto, Portugal
  • 11/22 Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal

» satriani.com

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