Tao Højgaard jazzguitar
I have decided to play my electronic music under the alias "Mute State".
A mute state is where you wanna be when perceiving the music, and a mute state is where I am at while creating it (as musical improvisation takes up 90% of the players communication center in the brain)
Mute State as an alias has a poetic meaning to it as reflections both emotional and cognitive more often than not are occurring in a mute state, a state where nothing has to be said or done, a state where everything flows at it's own pace, a state where nothing can be forced and the state where you can be truly you.
A mute state is a well known term in music production too. A producer will put tracks in and out of a mute state while working with the music. He will do that for both creative and technical reasons, one important one being that muting a track will reveal what it actually does to the music and thus unveiling further potential of the track.
Tao Hojgaard aka Mute State
The serene ambient jazz improvisations come courtesy of Copenhagen-based jazz guitarist Tao Højgaard. Taking the art of jazz guitar to the frontier, Tao uses a variety of effect pedals and loop machines to build lush ambient jazz and droning soundscapes. Tao cites influences including jazz guitar pioneer Jim Hall, electronic musician/composer Scott Morgan, the father of Bebop Charlie Parker, as well as a wealth of film music composers.
Tao Højgaard´s origins as a jazz guitarist comes from influence and involvement with Copenhagen´s jazz scene in the 90´s. Tao soon began to play with Scandinavia´s foremost jazz musicians, and became rapidly renowned for his lyrical jazz improvisations and complex harmonics.
In addition to his electronic jazz frontier duties, Tao does master classes and workshops on musical improvisation and music production. Tao also scores for films and television shows.
Tao´s setup is Sadowsky and Gibson archtop guitars, Strymon Timeline delay and looper, Strymon Bluesky Reverberator, Disaster Area DMC-4 midi controller, Neunaber WET Reverb, TC Electronics stereo chorus, Boss OC2 Octave and a T Rex tremster tremolo pedal amplified by two Lundgaard Amps HiLo in a stereo setup.
The Copenhagen based jazz guitarist Tao Højgaard, is winning wider recognition on the European jazz scene - not only for his warm tone and melodic approach to jazzguitar improvisation, but also for his sincere compositions, in a variety of genres, from bebop to the more experimental stuff. With obvious respect of tradition, Tao Højgaard creates modern and melodic lines of highly creative quality
Tao of Machines og jazzguitar
I grænselandet imellem ambient elektronika og støvet jazz, finder man jazzguitaristen Tao Højgaards seneste solo live projekt ”Tao of Machines”
Én mand, én guitar, et væld af elektroniske anordninger der, på hver sin vis, modulerer og farver guitarens jazzede univers og derved skaber en ny lyd – en lyd der muligvis bedst kategoriseres som drømmende, lyrisk fabulerende filmmusik – et til tider pulserende storbyudtryk, der skaber billeder for lytterens indre øje.
Det visuelle inferno af ledninger, maskiner, blinkende lysdioder og et utal af knapper, står i kontrast til jazzguitarens klassiske udtryk. Lydkollager, alle førstehåndsgeneret af guitaren, bliver skabt på stedet i real time og behændigt moduleret med maskiner. Der er tale om en udvidelse af guitaren som instrument og at maskinerne i lige så høj grad som jazzguitar, bliver håndspillet. Ingen forprogrammeringer eller medbragte samplinger.
Tao lader sig, lige så vel, inspirere af elektroniske musikere (”Loscil” og ”Murcof” etc.) som jazzmusikere (Miles Davis og John Coltrane etc.).