On his latest blog post Guitar Player entitled "COM BRILHO NOS OLHOS" ("With Bright Eyes"), kiko Loureiro talks about his meeting with Jason Becker at Namm in California on last January :
"[...] Becker himself is there, alive, but still using only the movements of the iris of the eyes to tell me "Hi, Kiko, how are you ?" The eyes continue to move and a speaker via Skype translates to my ears the beautiful words of praise and real knowledge of my work. I'm surrended by an incredible sense of empathy and appreciation of that contact, even if it's only eye to eye, caused by someone who was a musical reference for me and is today a human reference for all who know his story.
Prodigious, Jason Becker recorded his first album at 16 years old, with his incredible talent, and soon achieved the status of one of the greatest guitarists of the planet. I was 15 years when he made me rethink my study.[...]
Unfortunately, fate was merciless with Jason. He was struck by a very serious neurodegenerative disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). [...] Becker was unable to wield a guitar and go on stage, but not to continue feeding us with his music. He impresses us today with his past works and current compositions, written by the movement of the iris.
When we get so intense musicality, we can reach a sublime level of musical energy - flowing, free and spill-over - wich will be part of our essence as a person. Jason is the shining example of that."
Read the complete post of Kiko Loureiro in Portuguese here : http://kikoloureiro.guitarplayer.com.br/2011_06_01_archive.html
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Kiko Loureiro will take part in Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet Fest in Amsterdam (Netherlands, venue will be announced in July) in November 13, 2011. For more informations about the event, check out our post "Kiko Loureiro : Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet Fest" here : http://kikoloureirofrenchblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/kiko-loureiro-jason-beckers-not-dead.html
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