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Robbie Basho

Robbie Basho was a composer, guitarist and pianist, and one of the pioneers of the acoustic steel string guitar in America. His vision was to see the steel string as a concert instrument and to create a Raga system for America. Taking John Fahey's solo-guitar music, wed it to eastern mysticism (way before new-age music was invented), mixed in elements of middle-eastern, Indian, Latin and Japanese music (way before world-music was invented), and added experimentation derived from jazz improvisation (way before fusion was invented).. Robbie asserted his wish, along with Fahey and Kottke, to raise the steel-string guitar to the level of a concert instrument. He acknowledged that the nylon-string guitar was suitable for "love songs", but its steel counterpart could communicate "fire".

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