Alternative Guitar Summit: curated by Joel Harrison;SAT;1/18/2014;7:30 PM EST
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
The Alternative Guitar Summit, founded in 2010, is a yearly summit of daring, inventive players who emphasize new and unusual approaches to the guitar. The music we present celebrates the guitar's enormous range, beyond style or genre.
If you love improvisation, spontaneity, beautiful melodies, nasty funk, shockingly surreal soundscapes, wild abandon, righteous distortion, elliptical chords, dreamy sound clouds, and the joy of surprise, this festival is for you.
It's an amazing experience to see so many wizards at work in one place. There is no player alive who wouldn't learn something from this aggregation. Ecstatic moments will be in abundance all weekend long.
The Fourth Annual Alternative Guitar Summit is our most ambitious yet, and features a lineup that literally seems too good to be true.
This evening will feature the finest jazz slide guitarist alive, Dave Tronzo, with Stomu Takeishi, and Ben Perowsky. Following that will be the first-ever meeting between Fred Frith and Nels Cline. Frith is, of course, one the founding fathers of progressive improvisation, a legend whose career began with prog rock groups such as Henry Cow, a man who practically re-invented the electric guitar back in the 1970’s. Nels Cline, who I have known since 1975, operates as a one-man orchestra, creating whole new approaches to sound and texture through his work with his own ensembles and the rock band Wilco. Nels has been an enormous Frith fan his whole life. Expect some of the most radical soundscapes you have ever heard!