Guitar virtuoso, master composer, and RareNoise recording artist David Fiuczynski
, showcases his talent with Planet MicroJam at Shapeshifter Lab on February 21. Fiuczynski, well-known for founding the Avant/Pop/Rock band, Screaming Headless Torsos
, draws his unique sound from explorations of microtonality as well as Western sounds. He has found inspiration in the work of classical traditionalists and pioneers, such as Julian Carrillo, Alois Haba and Ivan Wyschnagradsky, and in the folk melodies rooted in Turkish, Indian and Chinese musics.
“New musical ideas are on the horizon at the crossroads of new beats, microtonal harmonies, and Eastern melodic inflections and improv concepts,” says the guitarist. “The aim is to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting—a raw, powerful, extremely colorful mix of Eastern and Western elements.”
Fiuczynski is a musical archeologist, examining nuances and tonalities derived from our global village. While microtonality is a unique pursuit on non-tempered instruments on the guitar, Fiuczynski has made this a signature pursuit; his use of a custom double-neck fretted/fretless instrument adds to his unique style. His history has been that of a pioneering spirit, who draws from his instrument colors and sounds beyond those available to ordinary guitarists. In recent years, he has found himself sharing the stage with many musical greats, among them the incredible Rudresh Mahanthappa on saxophone. Theirs is a particularly compelling relationship, each pushing the other to new creative heights.
Fiuczynski lent his musical magic to luminaries such as Jack DeJohnette
, Rudresh Mahanthappa
, Stewart Copeland
, Meshell Ndegeocello
, John Medeski
, John Zorn
, Bernie Worrell
, Ronald Shannon Jackson
, Don Pullen
, Billy Hart
and many others. He has played on more than 95 albums.
Born in the United States and raised in Europe, the exceptional musician returned to the US to earn his Bachelor and Masters degrees. He is a Guggenheim Fellow in composition and currently a full-time professor at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, and serves as Director of the Planet MicroJam Institute. Yazhi Guo
, Utar Atun
, Justin Schornstein
and Amber Baker
will provide the powerful support system for one of the most unique guitarists in the worlds of jazz and rock today.
David Fiuczynski, fretted & fretless guitars
Yazhi Guo, trad. Chinese wood instruments
Utar Artun, microtonal keyboards
Justin Schornstein, bass
Amber Baker, drums