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?
My grateful thanks to Henry Kaiser, a modern guitar pioneer himself, for taking time to review the new book on modern guitar icon Keith Rowe. —mr
Three guitarists in the 20th Century made unprecedented and giant leaps in technique, personal expression, improvisation, and musical conception. Sonny Sharrock, Derek Bailey, and Keith Rowe each introduced innovations that were to become bedrock upon which most of the guitarists covered in Guitar Moderne built their careers.
STRING THEORY: State of the Art Guitar is an upcoming festival not to be missed if you are in traveling distance of Dublin the weekend of May 20th and 21rst.
The inaugural String Theory festival will present two familiar names to readers of Guitar Moderne: Keith Rowe and Stian Westerhus. Lesser known might be Irish performers Seán Carpio, Karl Burke, and Shane Latimer, as well as Frank Möbus from Germany.
String Theory will take place in an abandoned house at 13, North Great George’s Street. This beautiful Georgian residence will host the six improvising musicians with the audience being led from room to room. There is a strictly limited capacity at this event with only four performances over two nights, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, so get your tickets soon. All of the musicians will perform at all four shows.
This will be a periodic offering from Guitar Moderne: a listing of recordings that come to my attention that are momentous enough to make sure they come to yours. These are not reviews. Feel free to submit recordings, but they must be purchasable worldwide, reflective of modern guitar (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.
I seem to have started this back in November and neglected to post it. I have added some more recent releases as well.
Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus – Bonita [Rune Grammofon] The greatest guitar vocal duo since Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald. Modern guitar at its best and most modern.