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Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

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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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Catching Up On Mostly 2020 Releases

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Lots of interesting albums piled up in the last few months, most of them released in 2020. Dusan Jevtovic If You See Me Self Produced 2020 Serbian guitarist/composer Dusan Jevtovic assembled a strong core band for this album, which was mostly recorded live in the studio: touch guitarist and ...

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Article: Book Review

Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975

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Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg 304 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1616208950 Algonquin Books 2021 Legendary British folk and folk-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Thompson focuses on his early career in this memoir. The story of his musical coming of age, it is devoted ...

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Article: Film Review

Sylvie's Love

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Sylvie's Love Iam21 Entertainment/Seven Letter Word Films; distributed by Amazon Studios Director: Eugene Ashe Run Time: 114 minutes 2020 Sylvie's Love represents the new paradigm of film production. Produced by traditional film producers, and originally presented at the Sundance Film Festival, the film's main distribution has been online via ...

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Article: Album Review

Carl Mayotte: Fantosme

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Canadian bassist/composer Carl Mayotte calls Québec City home, although he currently lives in Montréal and has also spent time in France. Already a gifted electric bassist, earning a Master's degree from the Jazz Faculty of McGill University increased his composing and arranging skills. This music frequently uses funk and Latin music like classic fusion jazz. But ...

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Article: Live Review

Steve Sandberg Trio at Soapbox Gallery

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Steve Sandberg Trio Soapbox Gallery Brooklyn, NY January 30, 2021 Pianist/composer Steve Sandberg presented a concert of his World Classical Music Project from Brooklyn's Soapbox Gallery, along with bassist Michael O'Brien and drummer Rudy Royston. It's a fascinating concept: Sandberg combines his love of the classical piano repertoire with new compositions ...

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Article: Album Review

Joost Lijbaart: Free

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When a drummer/percussionist records a solo album—especially one with the title Free—a potential listener's first expectation would likely involve long, abstract drum solos. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dutch musician Joost Lijbaart took the opportunity offered by Covid-19 downtime to craft a suite of short pieces characterized by a rich variety of timbres (including ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Green: Dime Dancing: The Music Of Steely Dan

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It is not hard to imagine jazz versions of Steely Dan songs, as they are rich in knotty harmonies and dark lyrics that belie their mainstream pop success. But you would probably have to be guitarist Andrew Green to imagine them arranged for chamber ensembles dominated by woodwinds and strings (as well as vocalist Miriam Waks ...

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Article: Album Review

Laraaji: Through Luminous Eyes

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Ambient/New Age veteran Laraaji is best known for his meditative electrified zither playing, His first broad exposure came with the Brian Eno-produced Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (Editions EG, 1980). Recently he returned to the piano--his first instrument--on Sun Piano and Moon Piano (Self Produced, 2020). Although he considers the EP Through Luminous Eyes to be ...


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