The New York Guitar Festival this past weekend (Jan 17-19) featured master classes and three nights of “alternative guitar summits” curated by composer-guitarist Joel Harrison at the performance space Subculture.
Photos by Sánta István Csaba from Friday night’s 30-minute sets by four trios, show the young men (all men) in the throes of plectralism and drumming — and the audience digging it.
Introducing Will Bernard and the Pleasure Drones, playing rockin’ surf jazz — familiar bluesy chords sequenced for suspense and dramatic resolution. Coulda danced to this.
Miles Okazaki said it was all about rhythm
so he worked with three percussionists, plucking lines and impressive counterpoint mostly in his instrument’s lower register, reminiscent of gimbri (lute) music played by the Gnawan musicians of Morocco.
Guitarist David Gilmore, paced by drummer Gene Lake and upright bassist Brad Jones . . .
Liberty Ellman may have had the most typically “jazz” tone, the most irregular phrasing and farthest venturing harmonies.
The listeners expressed themselves, too.