Tim Motzer from Instant Takemitsu and bassist Jonathan Levy join drummer Ari Hoenig in a master class demo of how to make a one chord vamp interesting and exciting for a quarter hour. The secret? Take deep roots in blues, funk, and jazz; add looping and Whammy pedal; throw in massive amounts of soul, taste, joy, and deep listening—and there you go.
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Three of the most prominent modern guitarists in the world got together on June 11, 2013 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Fortunately someone captured it on video.
This phenomenal show was fortunately captured on high quality video and largely great sound. Stian & Company (Øystein Moen, keys; Erland Dahlen, drums, Susanna Wallumrød, guest vocals) offer up Wagnerian Sturm und Drang; crashing waves and violent winds, alternating with moments of heart wrenching beauty in Norway’s reverberant Nidarosdomen cathedral.
Looping has become a common tool in the artistic arsenal of many a modern guitarist. Often, a single loop is lathered with layers that, in the hands of a Dustin Wong, can become a riot of interlocking rhythm, recalling Phillip Glass. Alternately you have Noveller, whose mix of ambience and melody is as evocative as her hand stitched film work.
Then there is Bill Walker, whose rootsy loop work could easily be mistaken for an actual band performing. A mastery of the eight-track Looperlative LP-1—with its ability to record multiple loops and then subdivide, punch into, and reverse them—allows the California guitarist to avoid any hint of static repetition. Walker’s performances are marvels of spontaneous composition; though enhanced by seeing him construct them, their musical interest does not rely on it. The tunes speak for themselves, as is evident on his solo release, Sanctuary.
“Cass County Waltz” from Sanctuary
Relentless surfing of the Internet turned up this beautiful performance by Estonian guitarist Robert Jürjendal.
Modern guitar fans in the Los Angeles area on Sunday September 1rst are urged to check out Andre LaFosse do his amazing live-turntable guitar performance at the monthly Brilliant Strings show.
Just a teaser—some footage of Dustin Wong, one the most musical and exciting loopers out there. Look for more in October when he comes through Nashville.
Summer is festival season, so here is the fourth installment of the Guitar Moderne Festival.
We start off with Part 5 of an amazing grouping from 1994 of Terje Rypdal, Billy Cobham, and Victor Bailey. Possibly the most burning visual Rypdal ever recorded.