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Will Bernard

Will Bernard

“The challenge is to put all my influences together in an organic package,” reports Bay Area guitarist Will Bernard, whose Antilles debut is entitled Medicine Hat.

Bernard played with Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble and Jai Uttal’s Pagan Love Orchestra, where he furthered his interest in Indian music. “It’s been a big influence on me and playing with Jai a long time, it’s seeped into my playing. That’s one of the reasons I took up slide guitar, so I could play some of the vocal inflections with my guitar. It really stretches your mind because you’ve got to get the musical inflections by limiting yourself to a specific scale.”

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