Hub Hildenbrand | The Door We Never Opened
Hub Hildenbrand - duitarod
If I Were A Little Bird (Wenn Ich Ein Voeglein Waer)*
(German folk song)
Kalika (based on Raag Shree)
My Heart Is So Full
The Empty Room
The Door We never Opened
total time: 47:26
COMPOSITIONS: Hub Hildenbrand, except as indicated*
PRODUCED BY: Hub Hildenbrand
Recorded at church Woddow, Germany, August 2011
RECORDING, MIXING and MASTERING: Sebastian Ohmert (Sonic-Impulse Studio, Berlin)
LABEL, YEAR: Ears Love Music, 2013
From November, 2010 to April, 2011 a scholarship of Berlin Senate for Research and Culture enabled Hildenbrand to study Indian Music in Calcutta (India). He received lessons from Pandit Ranajit Sengupta, a sarod master of North Indian classical music.
The Indian Calcutta-based luthier Mukunda Biswas built a double-necked guitar with sympathetic strings to his designs. In this recording only this instrument – the Duitarod – is heard.
The music is heavily influenced by his experiences in India.
Hildenbrand states: "This music touches something deep in me. I can’t put it into words. It seems to be very personal but at the same time timeless and universal."
photos : Bert Brueggemann
This instrument was custom made for Hub Hildenbrand by Mukunda Biswas, a luthier in Calcutta (India). Hildenbrand made a sketch for him and they discussed the details. "He did a really amazing job! I am very grateful for his dedication and inspiration." The Duitarod combines a 6-string acoustic guitar neck and a sarod based 4-string fretless neck. In addition, it has 12 resonance strings and two cikari-strings, which are played as a drone and rhythmically. "My idea for this instrument was to expand the expressive range of the guitar."
The name is composed of "Dui" (for "two" in Bengali, that is, double neck guitar), "(G)uitar" and "(S)arod".