This pioneer of modern guitar remained relevant throughout his life. He sounds right at home with Laswell, Jack DeJohnette and Co. Also, with DJ Ninja’s Drum & Bass, and of course, with David Sylvian.
RareNoiseRecords presents a slew of new records:
Merzbow/Haino/Pandi An Untroublesome Defencelessness
Japanese electronic maestro Merzbow (aka Masami Akita) joins countryman, guitarist Keiji Haino, and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi for some extreme sonic experimentation that transmits its own rough beauty.
Born, and currently residing in Cleveland, Mike Sopko made his name in the San Francisco/Oakland area, where, for 13 years, he took part in some of the region’s most exciting improvised projects. He has played and recorded with Bill Laswell, Mike Watt, Dosh, Thomas Pridgen, Tyshawn Sorey, and more. A founding member of Sopko/Laswell/Pridgen, Glimpse Trio, Big Band, and Cascading Liquid Rainbows, his playing ranges from lyrically pastoral, to raging cascades of sound.
Record Picks is a periodic offering from Guitar Moderne: a listing of recordings brought to my attention that I feel are momentous enough to bring to yours. These are not reviews. Feel free to submit recordings, but they must be purchasable worldwide, reflective of modern guitar (again subjective, but no blues, classic rock, country, etc.) and on a par with the ones below to rate a mention. Many of these are available from DMG in NYC.
Andy Sheppard Quartet Surrounded By Sea [ECM]
Sheppard’s current trio with Michel Benita, and the amazing Seb Rochford is augmented by Eivind Aarset on this gorgeous record.