Franciscan Sacred Easter Music by Ken Whisler

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

April 15, 2017

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature Ken Whisler’s sacred music for solo guitar for the Easter Season. May the spirit of the music inspire you “to respond to God’s fiery passion, how to engage it, and, most important, how to be changed by it…find yourself gradually transformed into your truest identity: a little Christ-which is what the word Christian literally means-sent to respond lovingly to the unmet need or required duty of the present moment.” (Catching Fire Becoming Flame, a Guide for Spiritual Transformation, Albert Haase, OFM)

To accompany this music, The Stations Of the Light found in the Catholic Community of St. Luke the Evangelist, Houston, TX are a great visual depiction of living in the light of Christ’s Resurrection . Read more.

Sacred melodies freely arranged for solo classical guitar. I’ve had this idea brewing in my head for decades. The ideas started flowing to manuscript and to my fingers about 2 years ago. Last September, my son, Joey, and I took a pair of Neumann KM184’s, an RME Fireface UC, and a laptop running Reaper into St. James Catholic Church, a century old midtown parish in Kansas City, MO. After Joey METICULOUSLY positioned the microphones for optimum room and guitar sound, we recorded through the night over the course of 2 days. This album is the result of those 2 nights. There is no reverb or echo of any kind added to the recording. The reverberation that is heard on the recording comes entirely from the room itself and where Joe chose to place the microphones.

-Ken Whisler

About Ken Whisler

Lifelong native of Kansas City, Missouri. Student of the guitar since the age of 8. Began studies with respected jazz guitarist Jack Randall. Studied classical guitar privately with Mark Bentley. Attended UMKC Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Douglas Niedt. Participated in masterclasses conducted by Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Eduardo Fernandez, Frederic Hand, David Russell, an Ben Verdery. Winner of UMKC’s Concerto/Aria Competition.


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