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Counterpoint Conundrum

by Les Finnigan ~ Solo Acoustic Guitar

Box of Gould 02:03
Broken 02:36
Portrait 03:06
Upstairs 01:56
April's Fool 02:41


Best Instrumental Song - Waiting for News

"This is a beautifully conceived project which integrates excellence all-around in composition, performance, design and recording."
- Alan Fark, Minor 7th

"A fixture on the acoustic guitar scene on the West Coast... He’s a master, and tunes such as Bowl O’ Cocobolo are just so uplifting that it’s great for the darker winter days."
- Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Sun

“Finnigan is unquestionably highly technically proficient, but his beautiful music is also loaded with soul and invention. On Counterpoint Conundrum, he amply displays these facets of his performance and compositional chops, but in a restrained, meditative and courtly manner reflective of contrapuntal music’s Renaissance/Baroque origins.”
- David Morrison, Folk Radio UK

An entirely new audiophile recording featuring Les Finnigan's finest counterpoint compositions spanning the last 20 years.


released October 9, 2018


Original liner notes:

Counterpoint is the art of combining two or more independent melodic lines in a composition. This is a very simplified definition of a difficult style of composition that requires much attention to detail. I have been composing contrapuntal music for over twenty years and to create an album dedicated to this style has always been a goal of mine. It is a unique project because I am a Canadian composer in the twenty-first century writing in a style that was most popular in the Baroque period in Europe. I am following the compositional rules of the counterpoint tradition, and yet the presentation is unusual because it is performed on steel string acoustic guitar, predominately in open and alternate tunings, and using hybrid picking (finger-style and flat-picking). Counterpoint Conundrum is an opportunity for me to add a modern and alternative source to this underrepresented style of composition in acoustic guitar music and contemporary music. It is a practice that should not be forgotten.

The guitar on this album is an Alberico OM model with a German spruce top and Cocobolo back and sides. It was recorded using a matched pair of Miktek C5 condenser microphones through a Pendulum Audio SPS-1 pre-amp, a Sunrise magnetic pick-up through an ART Project Series Tube MP with a Tung-Sol 12AX7 tube, a Lexicon MX-300 reverb, an Apogee Duet interface running at 24 bit / 96 kHz, and no edits or overdubs were used.

Special thanks to:
Valeria Fellini for the album artwork
Gary Dunham at Mercury Graphics
Graemme Brown at Zen Mastering
All compositions by Les Finnigan
2018 String Plunker Records (SOCAN)

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Les Finnigan ~ Solo Acoustic Guitar Vancouver, British Columbia

Canadian acoustic guitarist Les Finnigan has received six award nominations and one win for best instrumental song. His original compositions combine modal and counterpoint techniques, standard and alternate tunings, and hybrid picking (fingerstyle and flatpicking), to create music that is artistic, thought provoking, and rich with melodic motifs. ... more

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