If there is one record store that epitomizes the spirit of Guitar Moderne, it is Downtown Music Gallery. When I lived in New York, I discovered a wealth of new music there and saw some great shows. Here is a video that gives some of the store’s history and shows the kind of guitarists and other instrumentalists who played there. If you are looking for recordings by your favorite artist and can’t find it at your local record store (assuming you have one), these guys will take care of you.
You could say Nicola Hein is a musical descendant of Derek Bailey and Fred Frith, not because he sounds like either, but because like them, he is exploring his own musical language. As a student of both philosophy and music, he comes well equipped to talk about it.
I recently shared a bill here in Nashville with Dan Phelps and was intrigued by his looping setup. He gave me a quick tour after the gig but went into much more detail during his clinic at Full Sail in Florida. Looping fans will enjoy how the elegance of his simple approach permits a wide variety of sounds.
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Kieran Downes says it himself; he “builds 6- and 7-string solid body electric guitars for musicians after something a little different.” A Downes guitar is carved for comfort in any playing position. He offers variety of woods for bodies, tops, necks and fingerboards. Pickups are provided by Bare Knuckle or DiMarzio Pickups (or I would imagine anyone you request). Hipshot and Schaller hardware is employed. Downes guitars also feature a Stellartone ToneStyler passive tone control with eleven positions of sound shaping. The custom-made Downes Guitars locking headpiece is made from hard-anodized aircraft aluminum. Select instruments also feature very modern electronics based suggestions from modern guitarist extraordinaire, Chris Buono. Instruments ship in a Gruv Gear Gigblade gig bag and are hand crafted in Portland, Oregon.