WBEZ | Maraqopa http://www.wbez.org/tags/maraqopa Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Damien Jurado is not a singer-songwriter http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/damien-jurado-not-singer-songwriter-99202 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/damienmaraqopa1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/42287609?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe><br><strong>Damien Jurado performs "Museum of Flight" from <em>Maraqopa</em> (Secretly Canadian)</strong></p><p>Damien Jurado is a legend of the Seattle music scene. While he doesn't set guitars on fire or smash them like other Seattle legends Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, he has crafted quite a legacy for himself. Over ten studio albums, he's covered a lot of musical ground and <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/matsononmusic/2014367848_damien_jurado_seattles_folk-bo.html" target="_blank">influenced a generation of Pacific Northwest musicians</a> to explore atmospheric folk sounds. Some, like Fleet Foxes and The Head and The Heart, have done quite well for themselves.</p><p>Jurado's own recorded output, however, doesn't fit neatly within one genre. On <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> Wednesday&nbsp;he said he identifies more with the singer-songwriters of the 1970s, like Neil Young and Randy Newman, than the defined genre that has developed since then. Early in his career Jurado experimented with pop, rock and even released an album of nothing but tapes he found in thrift stores.</p><p>From 2003-2008 he stayed mostly in the folk tradition, furthering the singer-songwriter label critics had applied to him. With <em>Saint Bartlett</em> in 2010 Jurado teamed up with producer Richard Swift and adopted a recording technique that focused more on sound than song. It turned out to be just the spark Jurado needed 13 years into his career. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content/damien-jurado-performs-wbezs-studios">He performed songs from <em>Saint Bartlett</em> in WBEZ's studios in 2010. </a></p><p>The follow-up to that album, <em>Maraqopa</em>, has continued the collaboration with Swift and garnered even more critical praise. Jurado stopped by <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> on Wednesday to play a few songs from that album and one from <em>Saint Bartlett </em>before his show at Schubas and in-store performance at Reckless Records on Broadway.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/42289023?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe><br><strong>Damien Jurado performs "Rachel and Cali" from <em>Saint Bartlett</em> (Secretly Canadian)</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/42292887?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe><br><strong>Damien Jurado performs "Working Titles" from <em>Maraqopa</em> (Secretly Canadian)</strong></p></p> Wed, 16 May 2012 08:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/damien-jurado-not-singer-songwriter-99202