The 5th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit: February 4, 2015 @ Shapeshifter Lab And February 6-8, 2015 @ Rockwood Music Hall


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Presenting 22 Guitarists, New Podcast Featuring Nels Cline, Plus Masterclasses @ Spectrum

The 2015 AGS will feature 22 Guitarists!: Ben Monder, Steve Mackey, Scott Johnson, Lee Ranaldo, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Joel Harrison, Miles Okazaki, Kenny Wessel, Doug Wamble, Adam Levy, Sheryl Bailey, Michael Gregory Jackson, Anders Nilsson, Aaron Dugan, Marco Cappelli, Gyan Riley, David Fiuczynski, Prasanna, Ava Mendoza, Tomas Doncker

UPCOMING Alternative Guitar Summit 2015 Concerts

Feb 4: Shapeshifter Lab @ 7:30 PM

Three 40 minute sets Three Ground-breaking Duos:

Anders Nilsson and Aaron Dugan: Hot and Cold
Marco Capelli and James Ilgenfritz: Unplugged
Ava Mendoza and Chris Corsano

Fusing their common love of improvisation and composition in Hot & Cold, guitarists Anders Nilsson and Aaron Dugan create musical layers that transgress denominations and -isms and embrace the universe's constant mandate to create anew.

Unplugged Duo is Marco Cappelli (classic guitar) and James Ilgenfritz (double bass). The Duo join their mutual creativity and large range of musical experience to explore a repertoire from different folk traditions, with a simple and deep commitment: every deviance through improvisation is possible - although no electronic device is admitted.

Ava Mendoza is new on the NYC scene from the Bay Area. She became known to Harrison through rave reviews from Fred Frith and Nels Cline. Enough said!

Feb 6: Rockwood Music Hall @ 7-9:30 PM

Three guitarists blending jazz improvisation and composition with techniques and sounds from India and the Middle East

Gyan Riley & David Cossin (percussion): Superballs
Prasanna (solo): South Indian music meets modern jazz
David Fiuczynski Planet MicroJam trio: with Adam Matta - beat boxer, vox, mouth bone, real time sonic manipulations and Utar Artun-microtonal keyboards

Guitarist Gyan Riley (Dither, Terry Riley) transcends genre with his unique, soulful approach to the nylon string guitar. David Cossin is one of tne most sought after, wide-ranging percussionists in the country having performed with countless new music ensembles such as the Bang On a Can Allstars.

Prasanna is a pioneer in performing South Indian Carnatic music on the guitar. He is part of a trio with Vijay Iyer entitled Tirtha.

David Fiuczynski (fretted and fretless guitars) is the director of the Planet MicroJam Institute at Berklee College of Music, a 2011 Guggenheim fellow and moonlights as the leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos. Adam Matta is a Grammy nominated (with The Carolina Chocolate Drops) beatboxer/vocal percussionist from NYC, merging hip-hop, house, drum n' bass, jazz, Middle Eastern and rock. Utar Artun is an emerging force from Turkey, a microtonal keyboard player who is also a percussionist that writes symphonic suites and tone poems. “New musical ideas are on the horizon at the crossroads of new beats, microtonal harmonies, and Eastern melodic inflections and improv concepts.

Feb 7: Rockwood Music Hall @ 7-9:30 PM

Lee Ranaldo Solo: (of Sonic Youth fame)

Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra, featuring Damon Banks, Marco Capelli, Tomas Doncker, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Joel Harrison, Jerome Harris, Miles Okazaki and Kenny Wessel

Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra is a 21st century vision of a kind of future orchestra: an original orchestral concept of world music improvisation started by Rudolph in 2001. The music is composed as thematic material that provides a spontaneous orchestral context and inspiration for improvisational dialogue. The multicultural dynamic of Go: Organic Orchestra expresses a creative vision of a world without boundaries: of culture as the vessel for human understanding, empathy and sharing.

Feb 8: Rockwood Music Hall @ 7-10 PM

Four improvisers debuting singer/songwriter projects:

Doug Wamble (guitar & voice) & Mino Cinelu (percussion)
Joel Harrison (guitar & voice) with Glenn Patscha (keyboard)
Adam Levy (guitar & voice) with Sheryl Bailey (guitar)
Michael Gregory Jackson (guitar & voice) and Keith Witty (bass)

A native of Memphis, TN, Doug Wamble has always been fascinated by the intertwining of American music styles, and how those blues fundamentals stretch across the musical divide in the U.S., and across the globe. “Mino Cinelu has long been a musical hero of mine because he can step into any groove, any time, any place, and bring something special to it." This special and rare duo performance of songs and improvisations promises to be a magical event.

Joel Harrison, though best known for his instrumental prowess, has written and sung songs his whole life. He will debut a new songwriting project, which is a compendium of American sounds, styles, and geographies.

Adam Levy is best known for his tenure in Norah Jones' Handsome Band (2001-2007), though his diverse career has also included music making with Joey Baron's Killer Joey, Tracy Chapman, Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant, and Rosanne Cash, Sex Mob, and Ani DiFranco.

Sheryl Bailey has released nine critically acclaimed releases as a leader and has toured the world with her many projects. She has worked alongside Richard Bona, David Krakauer's Ancestral Groove, Abraham Inc., Irene Cara, George Garzone, Jack Wilkins, Shingo Okudaira, Steve Slagle, Harvie S, Ken Peplowski, Kim Plainfield, and Gary Thomas.

For the Alt Guitar Festival, the guitar duo of Levy and Bailey will be reinterpreting several of the tunes from Levy's recent 'Town & Country' CD-an instrumental travelogue.

One of the most influential and innovative guitarists to emerge during NYC's avant-garde loft scene in the 70s, Michael Gregory Jackson has embraced everything from avant-garde, creative music, jazz, blues, rock and electronica soundscapes to harmonically rich and lyrically deep vocal tunes. Rolling Stone Magazine called Jackson, “the most original jazz guitarist to emerge since the sixties."

The AGS will present three Master Classes/Workshops as part of its ongoing educational initiative

All masterclasses/workshops will take place at Spectrum

February 5 (7:30 PM): Composing for the electric guitar with Steve Mackey, Scott Johnson, Ben Monder

February 7 (1 PM): Incorporating techniques from India and Middle East into jazz guitar playing with Dave Fiuczynski, Prasanna and Joel Harrison

February 8 (12 PM): Accompanying singers, and incorporating blues, country, and funk into your jazz playing: Doug Wamble, Adam Levy and Joel Harrison

NEW for 2015!: Joel Harrison has inaugurated a new monthly podcast series as part of the Alternative Guitar Summit entitled, “Say What You Mean."

Episode 3 of the Podcast features Nels Cline discussing past and present, formative experiences, composing practices, playing with Wilco, views on improvising, effects, and more.

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