Brian Imig is a singular sort of figure, truly a guy who lives in his own world, and it's mostly made of music.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the 1960s, music was everywhere and everything. The 60s & 70s were a Renaissance and coming of age musically in those heady times was exhilarating.
"If the music comes from a place of wonder and uncontrollable joy over the notes you just played - that joy goes into the music and comes through. It is contagious and inspires the listener. Inspiration is a dangerous commodity to those who seek to control. The ultimate act of revolution and defiance is to find and spread joy and inspiration."
There are live situations and there are recordings. Recording is where ultimate arrangements are created, the only limit is the imagination, and put together as a gallery of pieces. These result in the albums. Live is a very different affair. Pieces from albums are often played, however with very different arrangements and even form. Most shows are solo and therefore the sound palette is more focused (solo acoustic shows for instance feature acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars, hammered dulcimer and vocals). Sometimes there are guests, sometimes not. On rare occasions a full array of electric & acoustic instruments are hauled out making some further pieces possible to perform. The shows are never the same in approach let alone set lists.
Brian was honored to co-write and record a piece with Jade Warrior offshoot band Dogstar Poets, on their album "Off Planet". A few years later, contributions were sent across the ocean, and a few notes landed on the Jade Warrior album "Now".
He has also successfully pestered and played with various members of the A.A.C.M. over the years, such as Hamid Drake, Harrison Bankhead, Douglas Ewart and Mwata Bowden.
Brian is humbled to have opened for such diverse masters as Ralph Towner and also Daevid Allen.