Episode #2823

New Music for Guitar

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Listen to music for guitars, acoustic and electric, and sometimes both on this New Sounds, including a bit from guitarist Andy Bole from a reissue of his 1984 “Ramshackle Pier.” Bole is a fret-whiz, adeptly handling bouzouki, mandolin, and Weissenborn acoustic slide guitar with the greatest of ease. Also, we’ll hear Stewart Wallace’s - “Blind Woman Hashkiveinu,” a bit from a larger piece called “Skvera for Electric Guitar and Orchestra,” which takes a refrain from the Hashkiveinu and repeats it over and over again, each time more aggressively. Written for the guitarist Marc Ribot, the work was inspired by a trip to Skvera, the shtetl Wallace’s grandparents left at the time of the Russian revolution to come to America. Plus, music from guitarist/composer Michael Nicolella’s release “Shard” and more.

PROGRAM # 2823, Music for Guitar, from Classical to Electronica (First aired on Wed. 7-16-08)





Michael Nicolella


Toccata & Fugue [6:30]

Gale #004

California Guitar Trio


Tubular Bells [8:00]

Inner Knot #7716 ***

Andy Bole

Ramshackle Pier

Resophonics I [3:00]

Ad Hoc #05 OR download from

Marc Ribot


Wallace: Blind Woman Hashkiveinu [5:30]

Private CD. Not commercially available. Information at

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

I Can’t Wait for Winter [2:30]

Isota SODY027
OR (in Russian)

James Blackshaw

Litany of Echoes

Past Has not Passed [12:30]

Tompkins Square #1783 **

Nick Schillace

Landscape And People

Ching-Chong [4:00]

Burly Time #003

Comments [2]

John Schaefer from WNYC

You got me, Jonathan. Yes, I am guilty of programming lots of guitar-based shows over the years. And yes, it's partly a personal thing - I'm an old hack at the instrument myself. But in my defense, I should say that the guitar community is a particularly large and active one, and the NY Guitar Festival, which I sort of inadvertently co-founded with a series of New Sounds Live concerts back in the 90s, has provided a goldmine of great material. I try to space them out, but there's just so much good stuff coming in...

Jul. 17 2008 03:54 PM
Jonathan Kohrs from Northbrook, IL

Nothing personal or critical here, but...I may be wrong, but I've noticed a preponderance of guitar-only shows over the years--which I enjoy greatly. there any hidden or personal preference that may explain this, or is there just so much of it out there? I remember way back when Kronos started a string quartet revival. Maybe now it is (or has been for awhile--I'm probably slow on the uptake) guitars. Any ideas on what's next? Nico Muhly and friends?

Jul. 16 2008 11:44 PM

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