Spotlight: Keisuke Matsuno

One day, I came across Keisuke Matsuno on Don Mount’s YouTube channel. Suddenly it was going, “Who is this guy? This is a kind of guitar I love: exactly the way he does what he does, in the context in which he does it.” Certainly, there are other guitar players playing modern guitar sounds within the context of already outside, noisy, or fully electronic music, like Matsuno’s work with Hans Tammen. Rarer is the ability to inject these elements into a largely consonant context, like Nels Cline with Wilco, Ethan Ballinger’s work with country star Lee Ann Womack, or the subversive playing Matsuno himself does in saxophonist Timo Vollbrecht’s Fly Magic ensemble.

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Parallel Project: Collaboration In The Time Of Covid

Guitar Moderne Spotlight subject Florent Paris a/k/a/ Hors Sujet  , has been collaborating with ambient musicians Analog Weapon, Foot, and Andrea Gava under the auspices of Magpie Pirates to present YouTube concerts on a regular basis. The ambient nature of the music means that latency in not an issue. Freed from the constraint of having to be locked in rhythmically, they can play together in real time. Their next show will be Tuesday April 28th at 6pm UTC (convert that to your zone’s time here ).

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Wise Words From Wayne Krantz

When I first moved back to New York from San Francisco at the turn of the Millennium, I would often go see Wayne Krantz at the 55 Bar. His trio with Keith Carlock and Tim Lefebvre was the emblematic of the city’s energy: daring, cool, creative, in your face. A recent show in Nashville revealed that the guitarist is pushing the sonic and rhythmic elements of improvisation further than ever before. Eventually, my interview for Guitar Player will come out, but until then here is the man himself talking about his music and music in general in a way that is rarely heard. Now excuse me, I have to go buy his book.

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Guitar Moderne Festival XXI

It is looking like summer festival season will not be virus-free. Most, if not all have been cancelled. Fortunately, you can count on Guitar Moderne to supply virtual festivals like this to enjoy in the air-conditioned, porta-potty and germ-free comfort of your home. This is a long one, but hey, what else have you got to do?

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