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J. Peter Schwalm & Markus Reuter: Aufbruch

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German electro-acoustic composer J. Peter Schwalm is probably best known for collaborating with Brian Eno on Drawn From Life (Opal, 2001) and other projects. More recently, he created How We Fall (RareNoise, 2018) and Neuzeit (RareNoise, 2020), the latter a collaboration with Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen. Touch guitarist and composer Markus Reuter has been prolific, recent ...

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Jon Durant & Stephan Thelen: Crossings

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These two guitarist/composers first came together when Stephan Thelen asked Jon Durant to contribute to a track on Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2019). Durant's role was greatly expanded on Fractal Guitar 2 (MoonJune Records, 2021): he played on all six tracks, his fretless guitar playing especially distinctive. Thelen had the idea of doing a duet with ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: Adventures of the Wildflower

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The last time composer/pianist Yelena Eckemoff recorded in Finland she led a quintet on Blooming Tall Phlox (L&H Production, 2017). The program was devoted to smells, particularly the phlox flower and other scents remembered from childhood. Here she returns to Finland with a sextet (including several returning players, basically the entire rhythm section) and a related ...

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Joel Harrison and Anthony Pirog on AGS Recordings

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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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Jens Jefsen: Music Between Gigs

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Danish bassist Jens Jefsen returns with another bass-centric album which is definitely not “solo bass," a sequel to A Secret Sigh (Gateway Music, 2016). Like the previous album the music emphasizes melody--which Jefsen finds in standards, modern pop songs and his originals--and varied, colorful arrangements. Jefsen's “Esto Es Lo Mio" opens the set with a sprightly ...

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Alternative Guitar: Elif Yalvaç, Rachika Nayar, SkyCreature, Kristinn Kristinsson and Tristan Welch

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There is something about the electric guitar that inspires players to utilize electronics to create a more complex sound than previously possible with a solo guitar. Electronic processing offers ways to dramatically alter the guitar's dynamic envelope and timbre, sometimes resulting in a guitar that does not sound like a guitar at all. Add on live ...

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Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 2

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Guitarist and composer Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2018) found him stepping outside of his role in the band Sonar in a big way. An absolute feast of multiple guitars with electronic effects, live looping and soundscaping, it also featured a star-studded group of guest guitarists (not to mention a grooving rhythm section). The good ...

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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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