Saul Koll in Conversation with Ed Keller
Wollman Hall, The New School
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10011
FREE, no tickets required
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Renowned luthier Saul Koll will present a keynote talk about his guitars and design process. Koll is known both for his ‘Glide’ electric guitars, which hybridize many attributes of classic instruments, and his innovative custom instruments, the RE 7 and 8 String ergonomic archtop jazz guitars, played by artists such as David Torn, Elliot Sharp, Bill Frisell, and Lee Ranaldo. Q&A with the audience will follow the talk. 

Hosted by the Center for Transformative Media at The New School, with Mannes College of Music


About Saul Koll:

Since 1986, Saul Koll has been making unique, innovative guitars using only the finest materials with a total dedication to his craft. Koll guitars are built by Saul and his team in our Portland, Oregon, workshop using old school equipment, methods, and techniques. We source all of our wood from FSC certified suppliers, most of it locally here in the Pacific Northwest. Our emphasis has always been on excellence in design, fine craftsmanship, and the best customer service possible. Saul developed his now-iconic Glide body shape over 25 years ago, and has been using it as the main platform for his guitar designs ever since. The shape and features of Koll Glides are often imitated, but that only pushes Saul to keep innovating. |

About Ed Keller:

Director of the Center for Transformative Media at The New School, and Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design. Designer, professor, writer, musician and multimedia artist. Prior to joining Parsons, he taught at Columbia Univ. GSAPP [1998-2010] and SCIArc [2004-09]. With Carla Leitao he co-founded AUM Studio, an architecture and new media firm that has produced residential projects, competitions, and new media installations in Europe and the US. His work and writing has appeared widely, in venues including Punctum, Praxis, ANY, AD, Arquine, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Architecture, Precis, Wired, Metropolis, Assemblage, Ottagono, and Progressive Architecture. He has spoken on architecture, film, technology and ecology internationally. Current research seminars at Parsons include Post-Planetary Design and The Radical Future of Guitar. Ed has been an avid rockclimber for over 35 years.

About NYGF Academy:

Launching at NYGF ’16, this new tradition brings together students, instrument makers, composers, audiophiles, discerning aficionados, and master soloists in convivial symposiums devoted to different aspects of performing, recording, writing for, and building guitars. The Academy will be co-curated by David Spelman and Ed Keller, the director of The New School's Center for Transformative Media (home to the “Future of Guitar” series). “I’ve long wanted to expand the educational components of the Festival, and this takes an important first step in that direction,” NYGF Founder David Spelman explains. “Our ambition is for the Academy to become the TED Talks of all things guitar,” says Spelman.