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Guitar Night: Julian Lage Trio/Peter Lang and Takoma Guitar Masters feat. Toulouse Engelhart and Rick Ruskin
Fingerstyle Guitar Masters
Modern Jazz Guitar Phenom
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About Peter Lang and the Takoma Guitar Masters with Toulouse Engelhart and Rick Ruskin
Peter Lang and his Takoma labelmates are considered to be founders of modern American fingerstyle guitar. Lang was part of a handful of guitarists who would redefine the guitar as a serious concert instrument.
Like his colleagues at Takoma, John Fahey and Leo Kottke, Peter Lang used the techniques and vocabulary of country blues guitarists to create his own compositions in a variety of alternate tunings. Lang made a name as a guitarist and composer of exceptional ability and originality. His bright sound, driving rhythm, and whimsical compositional sense were already well-defined by the time of his first record, which was made in 1972.
Lang toured and recorded as one of the top acoustic players of his day. In the 1970s he was in good company, having recorded or performed with Ry Cooder, John Fahey, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, John Hartford, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Emmylou Harris, Leo Kottke, Freddie King, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Hammond, Keith Jarrett, Phoebe Snow, Maria Muldaur, The Yellowjackets, Robben Ford, and host of others.
Celebrated guitar virtuoso, composer and humorist Toulouse Engelhardt was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but has lived the majority of his years in Southern California beach culture. Penned the “Segovia of Surf,” Engelhardt has earned accolades from serious critics of the guitar and the public alike for his “free-form” lightning fast guitar stylings and colorful, cinematic melodies.
Rick Ruskin started playing guitar in 1962 and in just one year became a respected professional musician in his native Detroit, Michigan. In 1964, while still in junior high, he was chosen to open the bill for the Reverend Gary Davis at Detroit’s legendary Retort Coffee House. This engagement resulted in a fast and permanent friendship with the master blues, ragtime, and gospel guitarist. Rev. Davis was so taken by the young Ruskin’s skill and eagerness, that he invited Rick to spend that summer with him at his Long Island home. By the end of the summer, Davis stopped teaching Rick new material and told him, “It’s time you started paying attention to your own music.” Ruskin has been doing that ever since.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“A true master – Lang is one of the finest acoustic finger-style players in the nation…His songs are complex, mercurial, lyrical, and fluid.” – Village Voice
“Flat out gorgeous and powerfully evocative… His reemergence has come with not a hint of rust.” – Time Out
“Fragile finger-picking, vicious slide work, and an uncanny ability to mix his virtuosic technique with tenderness and soul.” – Guitar Player
About Julian Lage
Hailed by All About Jazz as “a giant in the making,” Grammy-nominated virtuoso guitarist Julian Lage grew up in California and was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jules at Eight. He gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, recording and touring with Burton on two projects: Generations (2004) and Next Generation (2005). Other recent high-profile sideman appearances include Lucky To Be Me and Let It Come To You by longtime friend and close collaborator, pianist Taylor Eigsti. Having reunited with Gary Burton for live engagements beginning in 2010, Julian can also be heard as a member of the New Gary Burton Quartet on Common Ground (featuring Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez).