Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas,Vic Juris, Liberty Ellman + Joel Harrison
Drama League Theater Center,
32 Avenue of the Americas  
212 244 9494
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Five modern masters discuss new approaches to jazz guitar through the lens of Paul Motian's music. Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas (both Motian alumni), Vic Juris, Liberty Ellman, and Joel Harrison will talk about comping, ensemble playing, linear improvisation, band-leading, electronics, philosophy, and more, using Paul Motian's singular opus as a starting point. All levels invited.


Ben Monder "continually takes us into uncharted realms," say Guitar Player Magazine. He is a guitarist's guitarist and has performed with Maria Schneider, Lee Konitz, Tim Berne, and more. Steve Cardenas has graced cds by Steve Swallow, Charlie Haden, and Joey Baron, and is consistently one of the most in-demand guitarists in NYC.  Vic Juris is equally adept at nylon string and electric, and his lyrical virtuosity has led him towards alliances with Dave Liebman, Larry Coryell, and countless East Coast groups. He has written two modern guitar books. West Coast native Liberty Ellman has developed a unique voice based on a strong jazz/rock/funk background and alliances with Henry Threadgill, Greg Osby, and Vijay Iyer. Joel Harrison has released 15 CDs as a leader since 1994 debut (with Cline) 3+3=7, including arrangements of Paul Motian's music for string quartet and two guitars.


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