August 10, 1993 |
Mark Shark strolls up South Street yesterday with the guitar he redeemed from a pawn shop recently. Shark said he had to borrow money on the instrument four months ago. He's been playing about nine years.
February 27, 1993 |
These days, most popular "alternative" guitar-rock gets in your face with blasts of grungy distortion or walls of fluttering white noise. The Sundays and Luna2, however, have precise, formal sonic agendas. The Sundays - perhaps the most delicate and tame of the plethora of new British female-fronted guitar bands - rely on Harriet Wheeler's girlish vocals, and Dave Gavurin's Smiths-style ambient guitar jangle. And Luna2 is based on Dean Wareham's exacting guitar, which concocts a shimmering, tensile Velvet Underground sound that is somnambulant and driving at the same time.
September 20, 2001 |
Sharon Isbin is hardly passive when it comes to getting new concertos written for her somewhat overlooked instrument. She once buttonholed a composer in line at her New York City post office. "I said, 'Hey, would you like to write a guitar concerto?' He said, 'Call me back next year.' That went on for eight years. " Isbin even came up with a compositional scheme for the composer in question, John Corigliano - she suggested a tale of French troubadours - and eventually got her concerto.
June 4, 1987 |
Andres Segovia, the guitar virtuoso who died Tuesday at 94 in his Madrid apartment, was recognized as the man who restored the guitar to its place in classical music. Segovia's burning missionary zeal had raised the guitar from its tawdry associations with Spanish Gypsy caves to place it in concert halls around the world. In a career spanning more than 70 years, Segovia unswervingly devoted himself to proving the guitar equal to the violin, piano or cello as a solo instrument and to reviving old music and commissioning new works for the instrument.
June 19, 2009 |
One of the nice things about auctions, particularly those held in the suburbs when the summer lull begins, is that they offer items you are unlikely to encounter at conventional retail outlets. Two sales this weekend will offer examples of such unconventional items, including folk art and tramp art, Navajo crafts, and a classic Les Paul electric guitar signed (and played) by Paul himself. The Les Paul guitar will be among the more than 700 lots offered by Briggs Auction at its special estate antique sale beginning at 5 p.m. today at the gallery, 1347 Naamans Creek Rd., Garnet Valley.
February 10, 1988 |
Harvey Lee "Hiamsiam" Nelson, who played guitar at area clubs and lounges for more than 30 years, died Sunday. He was 77 and lived in North Philadelphia. Nelson, who also was known as "Colonel Lee" or "Doc" or "The Old Man," picked up a guitar at age 16 and taught himself to play. He attended auto mechanic school, and for most of his life filled in between gigs fixing cars. In later years he gave up working on cars because the automakers started making it "complicated" under the hood.
January 6, 1995 |
Earnest American guitar-rock bands promoting strong musical values are due for a comeback. Today, we're offering some primo candidates. For those who adore the rootsy, understated, country-tinged rock popularized by the Band, the Byrds, Little Feat and Graham Parsons, get to your music emporium and pick up "Continental Drifters" (Monkey Hill/Ichiban, . ). At turns earthy and whimsical while always tuneful, the Drifters will get your body swaying to the romantic trials of "Mixed Messages" and the (aching waltz time)
November 21, 1996 |
It was fitting that two songs into his performance at the Theatre of Living Arts on Tuesday night, Michael Hedges chose the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" as his first in a series of classic-rock covers. The timeless Beatles tune could be a theme song for this experimental guitar virtuoso - famous for making his guitar sing, cry, scream, and yes, even weep. For more than 15 years, Hedges has been pushing the boundaries of modern guitar. His sound is distinct - ringing with bright harmonics, deep sonic textures, and an ever-present driving bass line.
November 1, 1993 |
Michael Hedges, rock guitar wizard, is a new breed. The post-punk movement, which cheers rhythmic emphasis and leers at stylized melody and harmony, has left few guitar virtuosos in its wake. During Saturday night's sold-out show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Hedges - who developed as an artist during punk's reign - demonstrated that rock virtuosity has not been sneered out of existence, but has been handed a new set of rhythmically urgent priorities. And he did it on acoustic guitar.
September 6, 2001 |
Here's the Cliffs Notes version of Dave Navarro's career: Played the role of the swarthy guitar hero with the Rasputin-style good looks in Jane's Addiction, a once-important alt-rock outfit whose relevance continues to diminish in direct proportion to the number of times the band re-forms for lucrative nostalgia tours. Rarely wore a shirt. Was a hired gun for the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a few albums, filling the hole left by a succession of guitar slingers who overdosed, went insane, or both.