Spotlight: Gunnar Geisse

It was discovering a video of Jan Bang playing with Marc Ducret that ultimately led to an interview with the third member of the trio: Gunnar Geisse.

Losing the two middle fingers on his right hand in a mountain climbing accident in 1992 may have led Geisse towards composition during his recovery, but, on the evidence of his latest video, it has not slowed down his playing. Check out how he employs Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar to its full potential and read here about the setup he uses to do it.

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Eivind Aarset Update

You could say Eivind Aarset started this whole Guitar Moderne thing. It was discovering his work with trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær that started me searching YouTube for video of him playing live, long before I got to see him play in Montreal, New York, and London. Through that search, I discovered other players and the rest is history. It has been a while since his 2012 release Dream Logic, a solo project for ECM, and another YouTube discovery: a workshop he did in Istanbul revealed some new gear. I reached out and Eivind was kind enough to respond with some help in identifying the gear and some info as to what he has coming out.

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Eivind Gets Punkt

It has been my dream to attend the Punkt Festival in Norway. There, some of the worlds most forward thinking musicians perform concerts that are recorded live, then remixed immediately after for another audience. In 2013 Eivind Aarset performed with his quartet, augmented by Jan Bang, and was subsequently remixed by Bang, Arve Henriksen and Eric Honore. I wasn’t there and probably neither were you, but fortunately for all of us both Aarset’s performance and the remix are presented here.

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Guitar Moderne Festival IV

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.

Part I, Part II, Part IIIPart IV

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Guitar Moderne Festival III

We begin our third installment of Guitar Moderne Festival videos with the spectacular 3rd set of a live performance on 13 Sept 2012 at Einstein cultural center Munich that took place simultaneously at two venues. Eivind Aarset and Marc Ducret are playing at Unterfahrt/Einstein, sending their live signals to Jan Bang (sampling) and Gunnar Geisse (laptop) at MUG/Einstein. Bang and Geisse are processing, sampling and realtime remixing the sounds of Aarset and Ducret. There is a signal path from Geisse to Bang as well. Some guitar sounds appear to be originating on Geisse’s computer.

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