published in The News Times on September 13, 2002
Huberman plays music that provokes thought
By Laurel Tuohy
Guitarist Marc Huberman will play
Saturday at Danbury’s Downtime Online Café.
When the sun starts to bother you at the Gasball tomorrow,
head next door to hear a burgeoning, young acoustic guitarist
play at Danbury’s Downtime Online Café.
Acoustic instrumental guitar is boring, you say? Not Marc
Huberman’s. His cool, funky compositions have names
such as “The Weight of Life,” and his first
album’s title track, “Look What’s Around.”
He calls his music “thought-provoking adult contemporary.”
The CD’s first offering, “Free To Wander,”
is lulling and soothing but not boring. Obviously highly
skilled (and self-taught!), he demonstrates “blazing
chord progression,” according to my listening partner,
and mastery with both hand and pick.
“A New Year” starts out melancholy with a Latin-sounding
melody but quickly becomes aggressively rock oriented. Huberman
said it was written about the end of a relationship. “She
and I were on the outs, but still together at New Year’s.
We were trying, but it wasn’t gonna happen. We both
knew it was our last new year together.”
His folky, pop-rock songs are uplifting and ballad-like.
“It would make good road music,” said my trusty
listening partner, who was particularly fond of “Evening
Sun,” on which Huberman’s vibrant playing actually
sounds like the sun retreating.
Appearing as special guests during some of Huberman’s
sets will be Pangea frontman Marco LaBarbara and rock singer/guitarist
Kim Lehman, both performers at this year’s Gasball
festival (see separate story).
The ’97 WestConn graduate majored in communications
and has been playing guitar for 15 years, mostly as a hobby.
About four months ago Huberman was laid off from a corporate
job, which he says was “a blessing in disguise.”
He wrote about it in the song “Melancholy.”
Since then, he’s been pursuing music full time. The
guitarist, who had just played an ocean bluff wedding on
Block Island when I spoke to him, has also performed at
Colorado Brewery, One Front Street, Gail’s Station
House and numerous coffeehouses.
He calls John McLaughlin, Jimmy Page, Jeff Buckley, James
Taylor and Yorma Kaukonen influences. Huberman’s music
“focuses on not just running through life trying to
make as much money as possible. It’s about taking
time to smell the roses. Life is too short!”
The Brookfield-dweller, who calls his style “eclectic”,
describes the creative process as therapeutic. “I
get really engrossed in the things I write about, I enjoy
it.” He calls it “a compliment if others enjoy
what I do, too.”
Since Huberman’s compositions are instrumental, I
was curious about how he named them. “At first, I
didn’t” But people kept trying to refer to different
songs, and he had to name them. “I try to think about
what was going on in my life at that time — what I
was thinking. My songs are a sort of profile of where I
was at that time in my life.
Huberman, who also does freelance film production, says
he’s inspired by “dramatic events in my and
my friends’ lives. His songwriting comes in bursts:
“I’ll write a few songs in one day, and then
nothing for a few weeks. I just go with it.”
The café is at 1 Ives St. The free shows take place
throughout the day at: 3, 5, 7, and 9 p.m. Call (203) 205-0620.