Peter Janson
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Peter Janson

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE | AFM

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE | AFM
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"Peter Janson - Firelight Moonlight"

Solo acoustic guitar playing is far from a dying art form, but it takes a careful listener to catch all of the subtle grace and beauty from accomplished six-string players as they perform. Peter Janson's third album, Firelight Moonlight, dips into jazz, folk, classical, and world music. The original and personal songs are sophisticated and clever enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, and you can't help but fall in love with some of these rare beauties like "Naissance," "A Clear Stillness," and "Perched In the Soul." Janson, who obviously has taken to heart his fair share of Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, and Will Ackerman, plays with natural ease and sensory transcendence. - Dirty Linen Magazine


"Peter Janson - Firelight Moonlight"

Peter Janson has become one of the more consummate acoustic guitarists recording instrumental music in today's world. His compositions are always brimming with grace, charm, and sincerity. From a technical standpoint, he accomplishes this with simplicity and economy yet still displays undeniable talent. His latest collection of songs, Firelight Moonlight, clearly illustrates his remarkable artistic vision and deep sense of commitment to his muse.

Whether the opening up-tempo "Dancing Beneath the Stars," which has a carefree feel to it with its subdued but still lively refrain, or the very next piece, "Under a Shady Tree," the gentility of which speaks of solitude, reflection, and fond remembrance, Janson is an artist who rewards the listener with instantly accessible acoustic guitar music. He never descends into pop formulaic safety, nor does he fill his songs with pointless noodling that screams "Look at how good a guitar player I am." Instead, the ten selections here reveal an artist who allows his soul and spirit to be visible through the music's notes, chords, melodies and tempos. He offers us a rare gift, indeed - a glimpse into the human condition at its most real. Few other guitarists are capable of this (Ken Bonfield is one who comes to mind).

From the playful cover version of Pierre Bensusan's "Wu Wei" to the soft jazzy ballad "Moonlight" to the Emily Dickinson-inspired "Perched in the Soul" (an ideal "new age music" guitar instrumental cast in the mold of Will Ackerman's best work), to the closing somberness of "A Clear Stillness," Janson never hits a false note. One hesitates to use the word "professional" when addressing such evocative and artistic work, but besides having the soul of a poet and abundant talent, Janson is also a musician who values the cold mechanical side of things. The CD is only 44 minutes long, which in my opinion, is ideal (there are way too many artists who fill the need to pack a CD as if it were a suitcase intended for a two-week trip) and the engineering is uncluttered with artificial gimmickry. Graphics are understated yet fit the music's inherent beauty; the liner notes detail each composition's origin and inspiration and the notes' presentation itself is spot on. In short, every aspect of the album is flawless. Peter Janson is now "three out of three" (his previous albums are 2001's Sometimes From Here and 1999's Across The Bridge). Firelight Moonlight belongs in every acoustic guitar lover’s collection - you will not be disappointed. My highest recommendation.
- Bill Binkleman - Wind & Wire


"Peter Janson - Live!"

“Refreshing... masterful... the power of Janson’s music caused everyone in the audience to remain silent enough to hear a pin drop.” - Andrew Ross Davis - The Mass Media


"Peter Janson - Sometimes From Here"

“Peter has set a new standard within this genre. Many promising artists come and go over, but I am sincere when I say that Peter Janson is going to be an important voice in contemporary instrumental circles.” - JimmyD - Instrumental Weekly


"Radio Host Quote"

“Sometimes From Here holds the significantly unique honor of garnering the most astounding listener response of any disc that has aired in its entirety on my show. A must own disc recommendation of the first order.” - Steve Berndt - WWSP-FM, Stevens Point WI


"Radio Host Quote"

“I love, love, love your music! Truly wonderful. It will be a pleasure to play it on Nightscapes.” - Anne Williams - Nightscapes.com


"Testimonial"

“I listened to your CD all the way from Washington to Syracuse (which means it went around a few times) and love it, just as I loved your performance.” - Tim Harrison - singer/songwriter


"Testimonial"

"God...it's been such a long time since a performance has touched me like yours has. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! I came home Saturday night after the concert and listened to the CD's I purchased." - J. Billings - Hyannis, MA


"Testimonial"

"I wanted to send you a thank you for your artistry.... After merely one listening ...I was an instant Fan. You are a true gift to this world for bringing this workmanship to the hearts and ears of those who are lucky enough to hear your mastery of the guitar. Thank You, Sincerely from aspiring Guitarist." - J. Rapp - email - location not disclosed


"Testimonial"

"I heard Firelight Moonlight for the first time last night, and thought it was fantastic. I really enjoyed your first two CD's, to the point of physically wearing out the discs themselves. To me, the first two were very different from each other, and now this new one is unique as well. It's going to take a while to digest each song fully, but my first impression is that I like every song on the new CD. Perfectionism is not as common as it once was. Congratulations on producing such a masterful CD." - David Barton - Canton GA


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