Concerts in 2023

New Voices and Old Guitars - 4/11/23 at 7:30 PM EST

Max Kutner

Alternative Guitar Summit, Tues., April 11 7:30-10:00

Drom: 85 Avenue A, New York, NY

Future Voices and 90 year old guitars: A night of younger, cutting edge guitar players, plus a first time duo with AGS founder Joel Harrison and icon Marvin Sewell on 1930's resonator guitars

7:30: Max Light Trio

8 pm: Wendy Eisenberg

8:30: Joel Harrison and Marvin Sewell: National Steel Resonator Guitar duo

9 pm Max Kutner's Partial Custody

Ben Stapp - tuba

James Paul Nadien - drums, percussion

Wendy Eisenberg was a student of the legendary free improviser Joe Morris. She has evolved a set of extended techniques on the guitar that are as arresting as they are expressive. She also writes lyrics and sings, but you've never heard song forms quite like these.

Max Light, originally from Washington DC, won second place in the Herbie Hancock institute of jazz guitar competition in 2019. He combines fearsome technique with an expressive touch, and writes in a way that is both intellectually challenging and emotionally appealing.

Max Kutner has been described as nerdy and fiery, and focuses on unusual contexts for new music on the guitar. Coming from rock, jazz, free improv, and much else, Max brings a sense of humor and drama to his ever- surprising work.

Rounding out the show will be a first -time duo between AGS producer Joel Harrison and guitarist Marvin Sewell. Younger artists they are not. Marvin has an illustrious list of folks that he has performed with including Jack DeJohnette, Cassandra Wilson, and Gary Thomas. For this outing the two will focus on their 1930’s National Steel guitars. Both musicians are steeped in Americans roots music, and both are committed to finding new ways to repurpose that history.

Sun., April 23: 7-10pm
Nublu 151 Ave. C, NY NY
7 pm: Brandon Seabrook: Solo Guitar
7:30: Joel Harrison and Anthony Pirog: The Great Mirage
CD RELEASE SHOW, feat. Stephan Crump (bs) and Dan Reiser (dr)
9pm: David Gilmore Trio



“When Nels Cline and Fred Frith played their first public duet it didn’t always sound like guitar music. It sounded, at times, like a sanitation truck’s trash compactor, like a collapsing carillon, like a slowed down train wreck. That’s the beauty of the Alternative Guitar festival…which features guitarists who don’t just pick and strum.”

- Jon Pareles, The New York Times

Nels Cline and Fred Frith: 01-18-14 SubCulture (2014 The Alternative Guitar Summit)