I am disheartened by how many guitarists who should know this man, still do not. If you are interested in the possibilities of the electric guitar, this will be a well spent hour of your life.
Stay in a nice air-conditioned space during this heat wave and enjoy a festival of modern guitar superstars and young upstarts.
Stian Westerhus, with Helge Sten on Buchla-synth, Frode Haltli on accordion, Ståle Storløkken on keys, and, Erland Dahlen on drums
It’s that time of year again: Trees being decorated, candles being lit, balls being dropped, and, of course, year-end top ten lists. You love ’em, you hate ’em but no publication worthy of the name is without them. So here is mine. There were many great records of modern guitar released this year (read about them in the various Record picks posts) but these are the ones that found their way most often to my virtual turntable.
When I checked out the videos Matteo Liberatore sent me in his contact email, I was blown away by his take on creating abstract music in a similar way to early Stian Westerhus; that is, conjuring up highly electronic sounds without using a laptop or iPad, solely through the imaginative employment of effects pedals. Matteo was kind enough to consent to a Reader’s Rig, where explains his process in detail.
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.