From: Charles Deering <;cdeeri~md5.umd.edu>;
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 1995 17:03:53 -0500
Subject: Bonfiglio on QVS

I had never heard of QVS (or whatever) but thanks to harp-l I tuned in
at 11:00 pm on Saturday and even bought his two Christmas CDs for $21+$4.

He played with vocalist, keyboard, flute, guitar, bass and trax. They did
Silent Night and White Christmas in the key of C in new agey style (a
conservative plot to make liberals dumb - G.K.). They also played some
cuts from the CD in the background. These sounded a lot better than the
in studio version which was still quite good. The recently discussed
difference tones put in a powerful appearance at the beginning of Silent
Night when Bonfiglio played in thirds. This is the kind of snafu Charles
Leighton complains of in Kim Field's book. Charlie gives this as his reason
for rarely using double stops.

Bonfiglio used his famous one finger vibrato which is clearly heard on the
CD but was mostly inaudible in the QVC studio. I think his mike was at the
top of his sweater where it couldn't "hear" this very directional vibrato.
I never use this vibrato since my mike is mounted on my wrist and also
misses it. I use something similar to Doug Tate's hand vibrato which
requires very little movement and is heard in front and below the instrument
(but probably not above). Bonfiglio rocked his instrument in a very
pronounced way with his one finger vibrato. I guess this is for show (I
think he's trying to be the Zamfir of the harmonica) tho it could have
some other purpose.

Maybe this critique sounds like I'm knocking the guy, but I don't mean to.
He's a fine player and is doing a lot to acquaint audiences with the
versatility of the instrument. The CDs and cassettes ($15) sold out but
they said they would get more and have the group back in a few days.
Please post here if you know when that will be. I might order a few
cassettes for Christmas presents.

p.s. the guitar player played some fine classical and acoustic stuff.

Charles Deering


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