Concert Archives

Alternative Guitar Summit Woodstock

6/8/17 at The Colony in Woodstock, NY

Featuring performances by Marc Ribot, Oz Noy, Miles Okazaki, Steve Cardenas, and Joel Harrison. Joined by Harvey Sorgen (drums) and Stephen Rust (bass). As part of the first ever Alt Guitar Summit Camp at Full Moon Resort, Summit founder Joel Harrison has organized a concert featuring a singular combination of creative, cutting edge improvisers. The night will include solos, duos, and various formations of group interactivity. These players have performed with a huge variety of legendary musicians, including Tom Waits, Carla Bley, Steve Coleman, John Zorn, Leon Russell, Hot Tuna, Charlie Haden, and more.

Honoring Danny Gatton

5/24/17 at Joe's Pub in NYC

Danny Gatton (1945-1994) was a legendary Washington D.C.- based guitarist who was often called the greatest unknown player in the world. A guitarist’s guitarist, he was an encyclopedia of American styles, jazz, rockabilly, blues, country, and rock n’ roll, a virtuoso of the highest order who yet remained humble and true to his roots. Gatton counted as his admirers Vince Gill, James Burton, Mike Stern, Les Paul, and Russell Malone. These were the first NYC concerts to honor Gatton since the memorial shows that were held after his death in 1995 at Tramps. Summit founder Joel Harrison grew up listening to Gatton in DC clubs.

Guitars of Heaven, Guitars of Hell

3/15/17 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY

Featured the Dither Guitar Quartet, Steve Mackey and Jason Treuting, and 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.” Also featured Steven Bernstein's group, with Dave Tronzo and Steve Cardenas.

Solo Voices and Communal Raptures

3/11/17 at Club 151 Nublu in NYC

Featured the 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.

While We're Still Here: Pat Metheny

3/10/17 at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC

Metheny was celebrating the release of a book of 150 of his compositions. Seven acts performed 14 of those pieces. Joel Harrison interviewed 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.

While We’re Still Here: Joni Mitchell & Carla Bley

5/11/16 at Drom in NYC

Honoring Living Composers. Featured Nels Cline and Julian Lage, Dave Douglas with Camila Meza and Heather Masse, Ben Monder with Becca Stevens, Wolfgang Muthspiel Solo, Sheryl Bailey: Plucky Strum with Harvie S, Steve Cardenas Trio, Joel Harrison and Everett Bradley, with Allison Miller and Jerome Harris, and Mike Baggetta with Jerome Harrison and Billy Mintz.

Beauty and Noise

5/9/16 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY

Electronic Frontiers, Sonic Rapture, and Wild, Mysterious Textures Rarely Imagined. Featured David Torn, Dither Guitar Duo, Elliot Sharp, Anthony Pirog, Ben Monder, and Patrick Higgins.

Alt Guitar Summit 2015

2/8/15 at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC

Enjoy four pairs of improvisers debuting singer/songwriter projects. Featuring Doug Wamble (guitar and voice), Mino Cinelu (percussion), Joel Harrison with Glenn Patscha (keyboard), Adam Levy w/ Sheryl Bailey, and Michael Gregory Jackson with Keith Witty.

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Alt Guitar Summit 2015

2/7/15 at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC

Sonic Youth has had an enormous impact on countless indie rock bands and new music improvisers over the past thirty years. A main ingredient of their sound was the new, bracing, textural elements that Lee and Thurston Moore brought to the forefront of their songs. They posited the guitar (much like Hendrix, or Frith) as an instrument with an almost unlimited potential.Adam Rudolph’s guitar orchestra brings forth new textures and sound worlds as well. This collection of top-notch improvisers will bring listeners a garden of sonic delights guided by Rudolph, from psychedelic soundscapes, to intimate duos, to walls of unearthly wails, to hypnotic layers of groove.

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Alt Guitar Summit 2015

2/6/15 at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC

Experience three guitarists blending jazz improvisation and composition with techniques and sounds from India and the Middle East. Featuring Gyan Riley with David Cossin, Prasanna (south Indian music meets modern jazz), and the David Fiuczynski Planet MicroJam Trio with Adam Matta: beatboxer, vox, mouth bone, real-time sonic manipulations and Utar Artun-microtonal keyboards.

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Alt Guitar Summit 2015

2/4/15 at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY

Enjoy three ground-breaking guitar duos. Featuring Anders Nilsson with Aaron Dugan (Hot and Cold), Marco Capelli with James Ilgenfritz (Unplugged), and Ava Mendoza with Chris Corsano.

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