Concerts in NY March 10/11/15 and Philly March 9
Alternative Guitar Summit 2017 Celebrates Pat Metheny
Friday March 10th, 2017 // 6:30PM // Le Poisson Rouge // $25
Each year we honor a living composer in our “While We’re Still Here” series. 2017’s honoree is Pat Metheny. Metheny is celebrating the release of a book of 150 of his compositions. Seven acts will perform 14 of those pieces. Joel Harrison will interview Metheny on stage before the show. Music performed by Nels Cline Trio (Gerald Cleaver and Jorge Roeder), Liberty Ellman and Miles Okazaki Quartet (w/ Damion Reid and Stephan Crump), Rez Abbasi Trio (with Michael Gam and Samir Gupta (tabla), Joel Harrison String Choir (w/ Christian Howes, Zach Brock, Tanya Kalmanovich, Hank Roberts and Liberty Ellman, Nir Felder Trio (with Matt Penman and Nate Wood), Mike Moreno Trio (with Doug Weiss and Kendrick Scott) and Camila Meza.
March 11 @ Club 151/ Nublu: 8 pm,151 Avenue C, NY ///$20
Solo Voices and Communal Raptures
Nels Cline Solo
John Schott Trio
Rafiq Bhatia Collective with Marcus Gilmore and Rahsaan Carter
Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Guitar Orchestra: feat. Rez Abbasi, Kenny Wessel, Jerome Harris, Miles Okazaki, Nels Cline, Joel Harrison, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Damon Banks, Marco Cappelli and more
Guitars of Heaven, Guitars of Hell
Wednesday, March 15th 2017 // NATIONAL SAWDUST/// $25
1. Dither Guitar Quartet: New Music for the occasion, composers TBA.
2. Steve Mackey and Jason Treuting: excerpts from a new guitar opera entitled “Orpheus Unsung.”
3. The debut of The Resophonic Guitar Orchestra led by Joel Harrison, with Elliot Sharp, Brandon Ross, Dither, Dave Tronzo, and more. New music for multiple National Steel resophonic guitars in a piece entitled “Blind Willie Johnson Rising.”
4. Steven Bernstein (trpt)- New music with Dave Tronzo, Steve Cardenas, ans speical guest- An intimate conversation between Bernstein and 3 iconic and legendary guitarists. Inspired by his 8 years playing the Midnight Rambles in Levon Helm’s barn, this unique ensemble will visit original compositions, as well as pieces by Ellington, Monk, the Band, the Grateful Dead and Allen Toussaint.
Each of these acts is a stand out, deliciously unique in the world of new music, improvisation, and guitar- but together they make a formidable bill.
Steve Mackey is the foremost classical composer for electric guitar in classical settings worldwide. 30 years ago he took his roots in prog rock, got himself a phd, and began writing compositions that have subtly altered the 21st century music landscape. He is a fantastic player as well, and his “guitar opera” covers a huge amount of sonic, textural, and harmonic ground. Add one of the most celebrated percussionists of our day, Jason Treuting (from So Percussion Quartet) and you have a great duo.
Dither Quartet has, like Mackey, altered the landscape for electric guitar. Dither is the only group of its kind. With youthful enthusiasm they’ve commissioned numerous works that showcase the astonishing variety of sounds the guitar is possible of. This concert is special though. They are playing a seldom heard piece by the “godfather” of alternative guitar, Fred Frith. Fred basically began what many of us are now doing back in the early 70’s.
Joel Harrison’s Resophonic Guitar Orchestra:
A resophonic guitar is most often made of steel. It has a cone in the body that acts almost like an amplifier. I fell in love with this unique brand of guitar years ago, listening to the old blues masters like Son House and Willie Johnson. I began to imagine the sound that a large number of them would make. They are soulful instruments, able to cry and wail, amazing creations, and we plan to conjure not only the ghosts of the past but create visions of the future. We’ll bang on them caress them, slide along them…Elliott Sharp will contribute with a composition and the other players are pure magic, the best there is- Dave Tronzo (greatest jazz slide master in America), Brandon Ross (from Harriet Tubman, Cassandra Wilson, Henry Threadgill), members of Dither and more.
4. Steven Bernstein (trpt)- Steve Bernstein is one of the most vibrant, charismatic, and creative individuals in recent jazz history. Whenever he shows up, people begin to smile. Steve says that he wanted to create the feeling of a bunch of guitarists sitting around in a circle intimately jamming, and that he then would become the lead singer with the trumpet. With these guitar players it will be a heavenly tapestry. Tronzo and Cardenas are amongst the most respected players of their generation having played with countless acts such as Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Paul Simon, and John Hiatt. We can’t name one of the guitarists due to pr restrictions but we can say he spent a lot of time with Bob Dylan. We hope that is enough to get you in the door!
We’re in Philly too! Thurs. March 9, the Metheny show- with select artists
Alternative Guitar Summit 2016 Master classes
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