For countless guitarists, Woodstock was a life-changing experience. Now fifty years later AGS brings together some of our era's most compelling improvising guitarists to seek new vistas with this powerful, epochal music. The times call for it! Peace, Love, Adventure, Funk, Surprise.
Joel Harrison with the Everett Bradley Choir: Music of Richie Havens and Grateful Dead (Grateful Havens)
Brandon Seabrook Trio: Ten Years After
Ben Monder and Jo Lawry: The Band, John Sebastian
Anupam Shobhakar (sarode) and Selvaganesh (kanjira) play Ravi Shankar
Scott Metzger and Friends: The Who
Nels Cline Plays Santana (feat. Craig Taborn)
Vernon Reid plays Hendrix/ Sly Stone
Every year we honor living improvisers and composers who have changed the world of guitar. Ralph Towner is our 2019 honoree. Six very different performers will play their own versions of his compositions and Joel Harrison will interview Towner from the stage.
Towner is one of the only improvising players to have focused specifically on the nylon string guitar and has hence developed a signature language. He combines background in classical, jazz, and folk idioms with uncommon grace. His compositions are gorgeous, lyrical, packed with subtle drama and cagey surprise. His career spans more than forty years. and he is best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the acoustic jazz ensemble "Oregon." Towner has also collaborated with Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, and Keith Jarrett. His groups, such as Oregon, essentially defined "chamber jazz" before the term existed.