Thanks to Nasjonal jazzscene we have a couple of amazing sets for this version of the Guitar Moderne Festival. One, a new set from the amazing duo of Stian Westerhus and Sidsel Endresen, and a second from the Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Add full concerts from from Ava Mendoza, Marc Ribot and Fred Frith and you have a great way to end the summer.
Let’s face it: the world of electric guitar can often seem like a sausage fest; when it comes to improvisational soloing women are conspicuous by their absence. Amid a wealth of brillliant female drummers, bassists, and keyboard players is a gaping hole in the guitar category. (Exceptions that prove the rule: Jennifer Batten, Sheryl Bailey). That is the only reason we notice Ava Mendoza’s sex as she improvises in duo with Nels Cline, adds extra musical girth to Fred Frith’s large ensemble, or tears it up solo and with her trio Unnatural Ways. But enough about that. She has too much to say about the art of modern guitar to waste any more time on gender issues in the six-string world.