Imagining The Guitar: An Interactive Workshop Weekend With David Torn


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Woodstock Sessions Announces Imagining the Guitar: An Interactive Workshop Weekend with David Torn, December 10 & 11

Gear Provided by Fryette and Sound City Amplification

Woodstock Sessions today announced a special interactive workshop weekend led by guitar prodigy, David Torn, December 10 & 11. This intimate workshop at Applehead Studios in idyllic Woodstock, NY will present possibilities for participating guitarists to develop their 21st century approach to use of the guitar along orchestrational lines. The workshop will be rooted in dialogue and partly conducted according to the nature of the course of conversation and participants’ active engagement.

The workshop will pose that the guitar is uniquely capable of portraying the outside limits of musical danger and beauty, from both older as well as more contemporary musical perspectives. Key and primary will be covering the detailed use of modern technologies (and extended manual technique) to create many kinds of sonic atmospheres with an electrified guitar. Whether drone-oriented, open-ended and/or harmonically and/or rhythmically motivic, there will be exploration of application; it will be a truly interactive and current follow-up to David's “Painting with Guitar" video releases of the early 1990s.

Live-looping, real-time processing and improvisation with these instrumental tools will be covered specifically, as well as dialing- in amps, fuzzes and extended use of manual/mechanical pitch manipulation.

There will be hang-time, direct interaction and ongoing Q&A, both musically-oriented and also regarding the meanings/realities of dedicating oneself to the pursuit of music.

Guitarist and educator Ken Rosser will be on-hand throughout, with a few special guests coming and going.

Participants are encouraged to bring (one) electric guitar, if they wish, but it is not an attendance requirement.

The event will be filmed and edited into a “Documentarial Master Class.” Any participant can opt-out of being included in the film as a featured individual. All participants will receive a special copy of the film, before its public release.

Guitar amps, cabs and other cool tube gear will be provided by Fryette Amplification and Sound City Amplification.

Attendance is limited. Tickets available here

About David Torn

David Torn is an American guitarist, improvisor, composer, producer and ECM recording artist known for combining electric, electronic and acoustic sounds for the use and development of live-looping in many formats. He has contributed to recordings by artists including: David Bowie, k.d. lang, John Legend, Madonna, Jan Garbarek, Tori Amos, David Sylvian, Chocolate Genius, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mark Isham, and many, many more.

Torn has produced a Grammy-winning recording for Jeff Beck, and many recordings for Tim Berne, Mick Karn, Matt Mitchell, Donna Lewis, Robby Aceto, Kaki King, Dave Douglas and others.

Additionally, his original scores feature in many films including Friday Night Lights, Lars and the Real Girl, Everything Must go, while his guitars, ouds, and textures have been featured in Traffic, the first and last Twilight films, No Country for Old Men, Velvet Goldmine, Three Kings, Adaptation, The Big Lebowski, The Departed, Kalifornia, Tibet, World of Starcraft and more. His score for the film The Order was Grammy nominated, and he's co-written a hit song with Madonna.



10 am-12 noon: Coffee! Muffins! and settling in...
12 noon pm-3 pm: Torn plays Participatory Workshop: PART 1
3 pm-4 pm: Late Lunch and (more) Coffee
4:00 pm-6 pm: Torn plays Participatory Workshop: PART 2
6 pm-8 pm: Killer Dinner Hang
8 pm-9 pm: David Torn Performs
9 pm-10 pm: “The Wrap" Discussion Hang


10 am-12 noon: Coffee! Muffins! and “Easy Like Sunday Morning" Hang
12 noon-12:45 pm: David Torn Performs
12:45 pm-4 pm: Snacks! Coffee! and Participatory Workshop: PART 3

About Woodstock Sessions

Created and owned by recording veteran Michael Birnbaum, Woodstock Sessions produces intimate hybrid-recording sessions/performances for devoted fans who seek once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to learn from and hang out with their favorite musicians, while experiencing what it takes to make a live record. All Woodstock Sessions are held at Applehead Recording & Production on a scenic farm in Woodstock, NY (1835 Route 212). Each limited-attendance event (75-100 people) is individually curated and includes catered meals and other benefits. Tickets are on sale now via brownpapertickets.com

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