Fabietta's Theme

by Jeff Gburek

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After I recorded this I went out to the shop in the blustery day to get bread, wine and other vitals and looked at the cracks in the sidewalks here wondering when some green weed might poke through, it being the first day of Spring and all that. The sun brilliant earlier was glooming behind cloud by now and as I crossed another street, I saw a young brunnette girl, black-rimmed glasses, drabbily dressed, a bit on the chubby side, coming towards me, her look darting around frantically. Then she stopped abruptly, turned, caught the eye of an older woman across the street where I was headed, and shouted, "jest fabietta". "it's fabietta". Fabbieta must be a name. But not much a Polish name, so it stuck in my mind. That's why this piece is called Fabbietta's Theme.

I played the Hofner and the prepared Ibanez simultaneously, looping some fragments with the laptop for later intercalation and improvised around one of the the new songs I have been working through, leaving wide open spaces, the drones and other noise filtering through.

The photo was taken by Karolina Ossowska-Gburek in Warsaw, Praga district, last year.

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released March 20, 2012

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Jeff Gburek Projects Poland

guitarist, composer, improvisor, sound artist, prepared guitar, unprepared guitars, stones, found objects, phonography, electronics, digital manipulation.studied Javanese and Balinese gamelan music, developed as a percussionist studied the theories of Partch and Xenakis while working in the dance/theater/butoh project Djalma Primordial Science.STEIM residency and Darmstadt summer. ... more

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