A couple of records featuring Bill Frisell in his role as excellent sideman, a bunch of Tim Motzer releases, and some new faces.
Summer is shaping up to be a bonanza time of year for new records featuring modern guitarists.
First we have a teaser for a record being released in August. For Terje Rypdal’s birthday, August 23rd, Rune Grammofon is releasing Sky Music: A Tribute to Terje Rypdal featuring – Nels Cline, Hedvig Mollestad, Bill Frisell, Jim O’Rourke, David Torn, Raoul Bjørkenheim, Henry Kaiser, and more. Produced by Henry Kaiser, who does an amazing job on the producing and playing front, this is shaping up to be THE modern guitar record of the year.
Tim Motzer, profiled in guitarmoderne.com here, offers live video performances at the 1k Sessions site for $10 a pop. These are some of the best examples of modern guitar in various contexts you will see, and some of the best performances of any kind at that price. Here is just a sample. Check them out.
Instant Takemitsu is a trio comprising two instrumentalists and a visuals artist. Electric lapsteel-dulcimer player and sampler extraordinaire J.A. Deane is a pioneer of modern music. In his work with Butch Morris, Jon Hassell, and others he has been a sonic adventurer for three decades. To Instant Takemitsu he brings his stylings on an electric version of the Chinese Gu Qin. Guitarist Tim Motzer has carved a prominent place in the Philadelphia music scene with ensembles and solo, ranging from straight-up funk to atmospheric dance accompaniment. The two instrumentalists have developed a unique synergy with visual projectionist Dejha Ti, one that I was privileged to witness at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY last March.
In our longest feature yet, Guitar Moderne is proud to present the story of these three distinctive artists and the project that unites them, complete with extensive gear descriptions, insights into music making, and thoughts on the artistic life.