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Anthony Pirog

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Anthony Pirog is a guitarist who currently lives in New York City but honed his unique take on freely improvised music while living in the Washington DC area. He is a guitarist well versed in many genres of music and performs as a solo musician, in a duo with cellist Janel Leppin and leads his own trio and sextet. As a composer, he is adventurous and explores the possibilities that the guitar, both acoustic and electric, has to offer. He has recently released his first solo CD on Sonic Mass Records titled Beginning to End, which is a collection of guitar improvisations. Mr. Pirog has mastered the use of many effects pedals and his performances produce an eclectic set of improvisations

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Cello Songs

Read "Cello Songs" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The cello has never been a prominent instrument in jazz, but for decades there have always been musicians who have tried to explore its potential in improvisational contexts. Here are current releases from two of them. Erik Friedlander A Queens' Firefly Skiptone 2022 Erik Friedlander's album shows ...

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In Side

Label: AGS Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cloud Forest; Dew Drop; Mood Current; Janel; Bit Clock; Strange; Castro Canyon; Mirrors and Mirrors; Song for Ava; Desire Waltz; Emerald Gaze; Catania Piece; Twin Dilemma; Peace; The Shape of Rain; Anniversary Theme.

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Article: Book Review

Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players

Read "Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players Joel Harrison 256 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1949597134 Terra Nova Press 2021 As founder of the Alternative Guitar Summit, guitarist/composer Joel Harrison has gotten to know a lot of adventurous contemporary guitarists: this book collects far-ranging conversations with twenty-seven of them. In fact, ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Joel Harrison and Anthony Pirog on AGS Recordings

Read "Joel Harrison and Anthony Pirog on AGS Recordings" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


After more than a decade of advocating new and creative approaches to the guitar, the New York-based Alternative Guitar Summit is branching out with a guitar-centric record label called AGS Recordings. Its pair of inaugural albums come from the label co-founders Joel Harrison (also the founder and director of the Summit) and Anthony Pirog (a frequent ...

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Article: Live Review

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

Read "Alternative Guitar Summit 2021" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Alternative Guitar Summit New York, NY March 20-21, 2021 The Alternative Guitar Summit was founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison. Every year it has included a Music Camp with Master Classes by notable guitarists, and a Music Festival featuring a wide array of guitar styles. In this pandemic year the decision ...

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News: Festival

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021 Music Festival March 20 & 21—Online & Viewable Worldwide!

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021 Music Festival March 20 & 21—Online & Viewable Worldwide!

On March 20th and 21st, the Alternative Guitar Summit presents its annual two-day music festival, part of the NYC-based Summit's month-long celebration of innovative guitar music. Unlike years past, the 2021 Alt Guitar Summit Festival will be held online and thus accessible to global audiences despite the Covid 19 pandemic. And to accommodate all music lovers ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Guitar Trios

Read "Guitar Trios" reviewed by Russell Perry


Guitar, bass and drum trios appear sporadically throughout jazz history, but did not see much frequency as a format until the 1970s, when guitarists including John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny adopted the small ensemble more commonly associated with rock power trios. In the last decade, a growing number of guitarists have settled on the trio as ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New music from Anthony Pirog, Mary Halvorson, Toine Thys, & Dan Fortin, and more

Read "New music from Anthony Pirog, Mary Halvorson, Toine Thys, & Dan Fortin, and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this edition exciting new music from Anthony Pirog, Mary Halvorson, Toine Thys, Dan Fortin, Jeff Kimmel Ishmael Ali & Bill Harris, and, Sabir Mateen Christopher Dell Christian Ramond & Klaus Kugel, a subscriber special from Dave Douglas, plus rereleased albums from the 1960s from Marion Brown. Playlist Anthony Pirog “Adonna The Painter" from ...

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Article: Year in Review

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The human voice was the first musical instrument and many of my favorite releases of the past year show how powerful the voice can be, whether the singer is in a choir, part of an instrumental ensemble or leading the band. Of course there were also many purely instrumental releases that were outstanding as well.


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