I had the privilege of hearing Andreas Willers perform tonight in the show that we did with him headlining in Santa Cruz. I was impressed when I first heard him in Berlin but was really floored by him tonight. He is a really deep musician; drawing from jazz, rock, avante garde, ethnic music and funk. He has prodigious and extremely inventive technique. He also has a really great knack of playing an idiom and just when you think that you can predict where he will go next, he completely turns it around on you and heads off in another direction. Sometimes extreme eclecticism can be distracting or unsettling but not so in Andreas's case. I must have laughed out loud a half a dozen times at just how clever and inventive he is. He pulled out a dozen kinds of intersting strumming and tapping techniques while playing very lyrically...............then he'd turn around and shred like the heaviest big hair metal types. His use of the EDP was both strong and subtle. I'm very familiar with techniques used on that instrument and yet he frequently completely confounded me by his use of subtle techniques. It was a fascinating show and if anyone gets the chance to catch him at the Vancouver Jazz Festival coming up in a day or so you should really try to go check it out. I also really enjoyed the set by my brother (is it nepotism if you truly enjoy a siblings's music?). He eschewed his big Repeater/Synth guitar rig for the second concert in a row, concentrating, instead, on a two Line 6 DL-4 lineup with his array of beautiful guitars (acoustic steel string, weissenborn styled slide, souped up stratocaster and his, 'honey I shrunk the guitar' mini strat). One thing I particularly enjoyed was his use of half speed double speed maneuvers where, by playing in three and using half speed he created a cool 2-2-2-3 phrased balkan styled 9/8 rhythm to play over. He also cracked everyone up with a "Mr. T" small hand sample toy. All in all it was a truly enjoyable show. I was only bummed that none of the Santa Cruz live looping contingent made it out to see the show. Too bad, they missed a really excellent night of music.