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ARTS

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, February 5, 1986

Page 8

Hedges to bring unique guitar style to Ark

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By Craig Varterian
T HE LAST time Windham Hall
guitarist Michael Hedges came
to town in November, he almost swept
the Power Center audience on tour
with him. You see Hedges has this
habit of making people that see him
instant groupies-the man's stage
presence is truly mesmerizing. You'll
have a chance to witness this first
hand as Hedges returns to Ann Arbor
on Thursday at the Ark.
Hedges percussive style of guitar
was first discovered and recorded by
William Ackerman (founder of the
Windham label) in 1980 while Hedges
was at Stanford attending a computer

music seminar. He was also studying
classical guitar at the Peabody Con-,
servatory in Baltimore. Quite a
change from the style he now
possesses.
Not surprisingly, his music display
some of these classical roots. He
claims influence by such artists as
20th centry composers Bela Bartok
and Anton Webern.
In addition, Hedges formulated
many musical ideas on his frequent
summer trips to Interlocken Fine Arts
Academy while going to school,
among them the song "Sudden An-
ticipation," which was inspired for a
modern dance piece. Others that have
influenced, him include the Beatles

and Neil Young.
His musical array is as eclectic as
his favorite artists. It refuses to be
classified into any of the traditional
schools of music. His numbers have
a blues feel at times but extend to the
rock and classical domains as well.
On his latest album, Watching My
Life Go By Hedges debuts his vocal
talents, which under the direction of
vocal coach Bob McFerrin, has added:
yet another dimension to his already
deep repetoire. Hedges describes the
objective of the album as "sonic" in
nature. "It's not technique," he
states. "The main things I wanted to
get across was how the guitar can
sound less like a guitar than it was

thought to sound. My big things are
harmonic chords and different ways.
of attacking notes-slap-ons, pull
offs and weird hammer-ons. The thing
I wanted to get across on the album
was different voicing that are possible
on the guitar."
With all this sophistication, his
music still mainly invigorates and
soothes the audience. This seems to be
Hedges forte.
With all this in mind, Thursday
night's show in the intimate surroun-
dings of the Ark should be a great on- ;
e. Tickets are $8.50. For more infor-
mation call 761-1415.

'Shiva

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a different sort of

murder-mystery

Windham Hill recording artist Michael Hedges will bring his percussive,
multi-influenced.brand of guitar playing to the Ark Thursday night.
RESIDENCE HALL ASSOCIATION presents
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By Jon Hartman
The Dance of Shiva
William Deverell
Bantam Books
The Dance of Shiva. written by
veteran courtroom lawyer William
Deverea, is a flashy account of a
Canadian mass-murder trial that
seeks to uncover the killer of 22 mem-
bers of an obscure British Columbian

cult. It does so, maxima cum Perry
Masonry.
Dipping into a sizeable palette of
Latin locutions and legalese, Deverell
paints a convincing picture of the
courtroom aggravations that attorney
Maximillian MacArthur faces in his
defense of Shiva, the cult leader, as
well as the day-to-day hassles that
plague him and his associates. As
public defendants, Max and Co. are
constantly harangued for represen-

ting their assortment of drug
smugglers, burglars, and French
Tickler salesmen.
So much for the personal and per-
sonable aspects of Shiva. The first
half of the novel is believable, but
realism takes a dive for soap opera
dramatics just before Max drops
everything to work on the mass-
murder case. First, he must appear in
court for the Moonies, who have had
their most prized convert, a
billionaire's daughter, abducted by a
right-wing Holy Reprogrammer.
Max suspects the deprogramming
Reverend has had something to, do
with the murders since the
billionaire's daughter bears a

remarkable likeness to a certain
slaughtered party. While trying to
bust the Reverend, whom he con-
siders his prime suspect, Max gets
hooked on Shiva's "Eastern" way of
thought, through which he must.
achieve a state of "nothingness"'
(and, it turns out, employ the services
of a retired Dirty Harry clone), to find
the truth.
So the theme of religion is big. So
big as to involve mental images of
both Mao Tse Tung and Darth Vader
and to be therefore unbelievable as
far as I'm concerned. You'll love thee
deus ex machina at the end of this,
one.

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