Howard Buzz Feiten Guitarist

Howard Buzz Feiten Guitarist

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born November 4, 1948
screen shot from “Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story”

Buzzy Feiten was 21 when he played guitar with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band  the last day of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The band came on at about 6 AM by the dawn’s early light for their 45 minutes set.

By the time he was 21, Feiten had already played Carnegie Hall. At 18, he had played the French horn with the American Youth Performs orchestra. His attempt to get into Julliard School of Music as a French horn player failed.

Like many musicians, Feiten was also in a local band, in this case on his home area of Long Island, NY with The Reasons Why during the summer of 1966, but his talent allowed him to branch out and back up other musicians.

Buzz Feiten tuning system

Eventually his guitar skills brought him to the attention of Paul Butterfield who hired Feiten to replace Elvin Bishop as his guitarist. From there the road led to Bethel, NY.

Howard Buzz Feiten Guitarist
Buzz

Buzzy became Buzz and became the guitarist for Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. He played on their on their Peaceful World and Island of Real albums. “Jungle Walk” came from the former.

In 1972, he was part of a project that produced the “Full Moon” album: Buzzy Feiten, Neil Larson, Gene Dinwiddie, Philip Wilson, and Freddie Beckmeier. Dinwiddie and Wilson had both been in the Butterfield band.

His credits are, not surprisingly, extensive as the AllMusic site shows. His own site is more specific and even more amazing.

Howard Buzz Feiten Guitarist

Tuning system

In 1992 he developed the Buzz Feiten tuning system. According to the system’s site:

1. Shelf Nut: our exclusive Buzz Feiten Tuning System¨ (BFTS) Shelf Nut moves the strings closer to the first fret according to our Patented Formula. This eliminates sharp notes at the first three frets.

2. Intonation: your guitar’s bridge is adjusted according to our Patented Pitch Offsets, creating balanced intonation over the entire fingerboard – every fret – every string.

Howard Buzz Feiten Guitarist

Feiten guitar

Buzz Feiten tuning system

In 2012 he introduced a line of guitars: I’m proud to introduce you to… an incredible new guitar line called, “SuperNova/Future Vintage”.  The Future Vintage mission is simple… I wanted to take the best elements of guitar and hardware designs from the Golden Era of the electric guitar, (1948-1970) and using those elements, create new designs that would perform up to the very highest standards of the most discriminating guitarists in the world. We all search for an instrument that feels alive, and gives back MORE than we put in. That’s when playing a guitar becomes a truly incredible experience. That’s been my mission building Buzz Feiten guitars, and the driving force behind SuperNova.

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Richard Bock Woodstock Cellist

Richard Bock Woodstock Cellist

Richard Bock Woodstock Cellist

A 2016 Phoenix New Times article about Richard Bock began this way: Not every neighborhood Italian restaurant can claim a world-class musician as its owner — but Giuseppe’s on 28th in Central Phoenix can. For nine years, owner Richard Bock was the principal cellist for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra in Italy. And if that’s not impressive enough, he played with the Phoenix Symphony for 24 seasons, toured throughout the United States and South Africa as a part of Frank Sinatra’s orchestra, and played in both Carnegie Hall and The Forum in Los Angeles.

And????

For those of us who are Woodstock Music and Art Fair alum or those who are not alum but big fans nonetheless, the omission of Bock’s participation with Tim Hardin at that famed event is glaring. I suppose we must step back for a moment and accept the reality that that festival was not and is not the be all end all of everyone who performed there.

And looking at that “partial” list above from the New Times, one can understand why. 30 minutes with Tim Hardin doesn’t quite measure up to 24 seasons with the Phoenix Symphony.

Richard Bock Woodstock Cellist

Path to Woodstock

Bock’s path to the festival was, as with many things in life, a matter of circumstance. In 1969, Bock was in the  Paul Winter Consort. So was Steve Booker.

One night Steve had been to the Cafe Au Go Go in NYC’s Village. Tim Hardin had been part of  a jam there. Tim told Steve if he ever needed a gig to let him know.  Tim was living in Woodstock.

Steve and Richard had coincidentally just decided to leave the Paul Winter Concert and so decided to visit Woodstock and Tim.  Tim Hardin was putting together a band for the upcoming festival and asked Steve to join. Steve recommended Richard. Tim said sure. Thus…

Richard Bock Woodstock Cellist

Italy

According to Richard Bock’s restaurant’s site,  Bock “grew up in New York.  …[and while] playing in a club on East 84th St in the city with Dave Brubeck’s son, Darius…a customer in the club, who lived in Florence, filled Richard’s thoughts with images of Italy, the culture, the music, the people and the food. He extended Richard an invitation to come to Italy, and 2 weeks later, Richard was on his way!

Soon after his arrival, he was walking the streets of Florence when he bumped into an old college friend, a pianist, who was involved in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the most famous theater in Italy. Soon after this chance meeting, this friend got Richard an audition for conductor, Riccardo Muti. Muti happened to be looking for a Principal Cellist for the orchestra, so Richard decided to perform and was offered the position. He thought he would stay a year, but stayed almost 9! It is here where his love for the culture blossomed.

Richard Bock Woodstock Cellist

Restaurateur

Richard Bock Woodstock Cellist

In 2002 became the owner and operator of Giuseppe’s on 28th in Phoenix, AZ.  He is both the restaurant’s chef and cellist. I will assume that there are few restaurants anywhere that can make that claim.

Nor can any claim that their musician chef was, “a part of Frank Sinatra’s orchestra for 5 years, touring throughout the United States and South America. [And that] He performed in concerts with Tony Bennet in Boston and also performed in Carnegie Hall and the LA Forum.

Nicely done Richard Bock Woodstock cellist!

Richard Bock Woodstock Cellist
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Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine

Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine

Gilles Malkine played with Tim Hardin at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair on that famous festival’s opening day.  What is he up to nowadays? According to Wade Lawrence’s WoodsTalk piece on Tim Hardin, “Gilles Malkine, guitarist, lives in Woodstock, New York, and is an actor, guitarist, artist, writer, disability advocate, illustrator, cartoonist, and composer.”

Gilles Malkine
Gilles at Woodstock

 

Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine

Mikhail Horwitz

And Gilles Malkine is often part of a duo with Mikhail Horwitz. According to their page, they “…have been confounding Hudson Valley and cross-country audiences since 1989. Their original, zany, and imaginative verbal acrobatics and updated parodies of classic folk tunes have left onlookers laughing until they’re gasping for breath. Their satirical takes on world currents consistently hit the mark, as do their rap versions of such literary classics as Moby-Dick, Homer’s Odyssey, and Waiting for Godot.

And their version of “This Land Is Your Land.”

Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine

Sounds like fun

The site goes on to say that, “Individually and as a duo, they have appeared onstage with John Sebastian, Tim Hardin, Natalie Merchant, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Ed Sanders (The Fugs), Prof. Peter Schickele, and Allen Ginsberg, to name just a few unwitting collaborators.”

Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine

Gilles Malkine

It is interesting to this Woodstock alum that Malkine does not mention the Woodstock Music and Art Fair performance.

According to his Facebook page, Gilles “…was raised in Woodstock and began acting (publicly) at the age of 11 in the 1960 summer stock season at the Woodstock Playhouse. He later studied the Sanford Meisner acting technique with Brad Dourif at the Woodstock Film and Actors Guild. His stage career has included many theater, film, and video productions, serving as actor, singer, musician, musical director, composing, arranging, performing, and recording songs, scores, and sound tracks for various projects—the list ranges from guitarist at the 1969 Woodstock Festival to co-starring on Off-Broadway. He has made many recordings including a brand new solo album, and has been performing comedy with his partner-in-crime, Mikhail Horowitz, for the past 22 years; it has been said they have been doing to performance poetry what freon has been doing to the ozone. He is currently starring with Melissa Leo in a soon-to-be-released film titled Persephone.

Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine

Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine

Persephone

Apparently Gilles doesn’t update the page’s bio too often as the movie Persephone was released on October 12, 2012.

IMDB does add that Gilles has also been in The Arsonist’s Affair, a short also in 2012.

Here is a great video showcasing Malkine’s guitar playing.

The description below the video says, “Gilles Malkine is a guitarist from Woodstock, NY, and a veteran of the 1969 Woodstock Festival as guitarist in Tim Hardin’s band. He loves writing feel-good music and is delighted to share this tune from his 2012 album TimeDog (available at CD Baby and other purveyors of fine music). On this cut, Martin Keith is on upright bass and Harvey Sorgen on drums and washboard.”

Gilles Malkine

Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine

Acoustic Folk

His own album description was: “Acoustic folk/blues style, with a little mellifluous classical and romantic South American thrown in; mostly original material on subjects as life, love, war, time, and dreams, with an occasional humorous and satirical twist.”

Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine

Activist

Gilles Malkine

In closing, Gilles Malkine continues to entertain and teach us. One might say he’s continuing the spirit of Woodstock, but more likely he is one of the roots from which that spirit grew.

Woodstock Guitarist Gilles Malkine
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