Feb. 6, 2003, Gazette
Narvaez is one of three Memorial faculty members to get nominated
for an East Coast Music Award (ECMA).
Dr. Peter Narvaez, Folklore, is one of three
Memorial Faculty nominated for an East Coast Music Award (ECMA). Nancy
Dahn and Timothy Steeves form Duo Concertante, a group which has been
nominated in the classical music category.
Some Good Blues, Dr. Narvaezs CD, was released in 2002 to
popular and critical acclaim. Filled with his unique fingerpicking style
and original compositions, Dr. Narvaezs acoustic blues recordings
reflect a style of blues that harkens back to the African-American blues
that was developed in the 1920s and 1930s. His style is different from
what he refers to as, what most people think of as blues, with electric
guitars, amplified harmonics, and even horn sections.
Dr. Narvaez cites main influences as those who he saw perform, and with
whom he has played over the years, such as Skip James, Mississippi Joe
Williams and Sleepy Joe Estes. He also feels that his father and uncle,
both Mexican guitar players, greatly influenced his development as a musician.
In particular, he learned the hupango beat from them, where the musician
slaps the guitar in a percussive manner while playing.
Songwriting is an integral part to Dr. Narvaezs musicality, and
he enjoys, writing songs in the blues idiom with modern themes.
For example, Cigarettes and Coffee is about second-hand smoke,
while Make Some Time, subtitled Beeper Blues,
explores pagers, cellphones and other technological devices that interrupt
At the ECMAs, Dr. Narvaez will be playing at several fringe
events, including a roots/blues extravaganza. He enjoys these unofficial
showcases, because, they are a means for people to play together,
especially at an event with a lot of industry professionals around.
Dr. Narvaezs CD, Some Good Blues, can be found at Freds
and OBriens Music stores, as well as through Amber Music at
His Web site, www.rowdyblues.com,
features further detail on this blues musician and ethnomusicologist.