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Ode to Guitar Legend Les Paul August 15, 2009

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Since his death Thursday, Les Paul has been eulogized as an innovator and visionary who influenced modern music like no one else.

That influence is still being felt today among guitar players of all ages. We asked several local musicians to talk about Les Paul and what his life and accomplishments mean to them.

Here’s what they had to say:

 

Rashied Ali, free-jazz drummer, dies in NYC at 76

This is from a musician friend: “I am very saddened to inform you that the great Rashied Ali left us yesterday.” (August 12):

rasheidRead more about Rasheid Ali …

Read AP News story …

 

Guitar #133: More on 200 Guitars August 12, 2009

Guitar #133, Photo by Marilyn Ward Schatzberg

Guitar #133, Photo by Marilyn Ward Schatzberg

As a follow-up to my friend Joe’s 200 guitars concert:

Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Saturday night: 200 electric guitars circle Damrosch Park—individually amped. It’s “The Crimson Grail.”
Here’s the finale (Part 7/8) on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIutow2Lf6A&feature=related <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIutow2Lf6A&amp;feature=related>

Here are a couple of accounts of the concert:

http://www.culturecatch.com/music/rhys-chatham-crimson-grail-200-guitars-lincoln-center
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/10/arts/music/10rhys.html?emc=eta1

 

Daichi for Beatbox Battle Wildcard August 10, 2009

This guy’s a real artist and pretty darned amazing:

 

Free Wordless Music: 200 Electric Guitars at Lincoln Center Out of Doors August 8, 2009

rhys_chathamFree tonight at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors series. My friend Joe is Guitarist #133 (soprano), a shredder among shredders. His recommendation: “Bring earplugs.”

Wordless Music:
Liquid Liquid
Rhys Chatham: A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars

For club-music mavens, the return of New York’s seminal breakbeat artistes Liquid Liquid is a reminder that in the beginning freestyle dancers romped and stomped to the rhythms of percussionists. Two hundred electric guitars and basses line the park and plug in for the world premiere of Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars.

WHEN:
Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

WHERE:
Damrosch Park Bandshell

MORE INFORMATION:
Presented in collaboration with Wordless Music. Commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Learn more … 

 

Electric MJ Moonwalk July 7, 2009

 

RIP Michael Jackson June 30, 2009

I was wedding-swamped over the weekend, as you may have noticed from the shortage of posts, but a Michael Jackson tribute dance at the wedding put me in the mood for tributes to a fine artist from my childhood. The following was produced by inmates at a prison: