Scott Wolf interviews the Kapsalis – Ivanovic Guitar Duo
Unlike any other guitar duo I have come across, the Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo (maybe just the AKGI Duo?) have created a truly distinct sound with their blend of steel string, eight-finger tapping, and the beauty and refinement of the classical guitar. Their compositional style effortlessly blends jazz, classical, pop, and experimental musical styles, adding a heavy dose of Balkan folklore among other rhythmically complex traditions.
During their All Strings Considered interview, Andreas and Goran discuss their very different backgrounds in guitar playing, they give insights into improvisation and composition, and basically made me want to go out and start up a rock band.
Andreas recounts his discovery of tapping technique resulting from a serious injury to his left hand, and his experiences composing film music, while Goran tells of his classical training at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Joaquín Clerch and Eliot Fisk, and his explorations into his musical roots in the folklore of Macedonia, Romania, Croatia, and Bulgaria.