"Each year, the Alternative Guitar Summit celebrates a range of talent, running the gamut between spitfire experimentalists, jazz-rock fusion players and improvisers rooted in global traditions — reflecting the style and convictions of its iconoclastic founder, the guitarist Joel Harrison."
"The festival was called off last year because of the pandemic, but this year it’s back with two days of streamed performances, featuring many of the leading guitarists in improvised music. Saturday’s program, which starts at 8 p.m. Eastern time, will pay tribute to Pat Martino, a luminary whose career stretches back to the late 1950s, with guitarists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Rez Abbasi and Adam Rogers offering renditions of his compositions."
"On Sunday at 2 p.m., an equally impressive lineup of guitarists will perform back-to-back, 20-minute sets from their homes, including the longtime avant-gardist Michael Gregory Jackson, the latter-day boundary pusher Mary Halvorson and the French guitarist Nguyên Lê. Tickets to the streams on both days are available on a pay-as-you-can basis and can be reserved at alternativeguitarsummit.com."
- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO