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Conversation: Mary Halvorson, Anthony Pirog, and Yasmin Williams with Nate Chinen

Conversation: Mary Halvorson, Anthony Pirog, and Yasmin Williams with Nate Chinen

Guitar Radicals

Sat   Mar   23   2024 - 11:30 AM Regas Square

The guitar, as an instrument, speaks many languages,and in myriad dialects. It can be endlessly variable even in the hands of a single player. And yet there are some guitarists who bring such a personal touch and technique to their sound that they’re recognizable within a few bars of any tune. Such is the case with the three distinctive artists on this panel: Mary Halvorson, a MacArthur Fellow whose percussive attack on a Guild Artist Award archtop produces one of the most unmistakable timbres in modern music; Anthony Pirog, who as both a solo artist and a member of The Messthetics turns his Fender Jazzmaster into a vessel for liquid fire; and Yasmin Williams, who favors a SkyTop Grand Concert acoustic and an approach that pushes the fingerstyle folk tradition into revelatory new modalities. Nate Chinen, editorial director at WRTI and the author of Playing Changes: Jazz For the New Century, is no one’s idea of a guitarist — though the guitar panel he moderated last year was favorably received.

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