Tag Archives: guitar

Derek Gripper is coming to Wesleyan’s CFA


I had never heard anything about Derek Gripper until I learned that the Center for the Arts was bringing him to campus … and I realized I had been missing out on an innovative — and pretty famous ?! — musician.

Gripper’s music takes inspiration from the kora music of Mali, interpreting ancient African traditional music using his acoustic guitar. And people have taken notice of his unique musical ideas and skills — Gripper has already given a TED talk about his study of great African composers, and after his concert at Wesleyan this Friday, he already has plans to perform at Carnegie Hall and on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” concert series.

Read on after the jump for more on Derek Gripper:

Stephen Bennett

Finger-style guitarist Stephen Bennett presents a wide variety of music, ranging from his original compositions to arrangements of the Beatles and the film scores of Ennio Morricone and Elmer Bernstein.

Date: Sunday (today!), February 8
Time: 3-4 PM
Place: Russell House

American Balungan: A Senior Recital

Madi Holland ’13 wants to take you to GAMELAND!:

It’s that time! Come to my senior recital for a night of gamelan.

Four manipulations of traditional central Javanese gamelan pieces will be performed. Two will feature instrumental reassignments in the traditional framework, and the second two will be regular balungans with bonang barung (played by Madi) and guitar improvisations (played by Henry Robertson) over them.

It would mean the world to me if you could attend. Really.

EMG Presents: Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone


Ben Zucker ’15 wants you to experiment a little:

The third and final concert this semester brought to you by the Experimental Music Group, Jessica Pavone and Wesleyan alumni Mary Halvorson will present their captivating set of “improvised/composer/strange/melodic songs for guitar and viola.”

Mary Halvorson has been called “the most future-seeking guitarist working right now, thinking out the instrument on a level most couldn’t comprehend” (NPR). Jessica Pavone has been called “Jessica Pavone is a vital force in New York’s music community, capable and competent of playing way out in left field, or keeping things much closer to home” (Dusted). They have been playing together as a duo for years now, with four critically-acclaimed albums released. Together, they make what legendary Downtown composer Elliott Sharp called “transcendent chamber music outside any genre”; it’s a meeting of minds not to be missed.

Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: Russell House
Cost: Your ears and attention

Dither Electric Guitar Quartet

“The electric guitar quartet Dither, typifying this nebulous twenty-first century, brings massive chops with an egalitarian sense of purpose to every piece of music.” – Free Music Archive

Heads up from the CFA: Dither is coming to Wesleyan! For those who don’t know, Dither is a New York based electric guitar quartet dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire, which spans composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation. Formed in 2007, the quartet has performed in the United States and abroad, presenting new commissions, original compositions, improvisations, multimedia works, and large guitar ensemble pieces. With sounds ranging from clean pop textures to heavily processed noise, from tight rhythmic unity to cacophonous sound mass, all of Dither’s music embraces the beautiful, engulfing, and often gloriously loud sound of electric guitars. The current members of the quartet are Taylor Levine, Joshua Lopes, James Moore and Gyan Riley.

  • What: Concert by Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, featuring the world premiere of “Mi-Go” (2012) by Joshua Lopes
  • Date: Friday, November 16
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Place: Crowell Concert Hall, located at 50 Wyllys Avenue on the Wesleyan campus
  • Cost: $6 for students, $22 for the general public

For (lots) more info about Dither, click after the jump.

Seretan ’10 Skips Superbowl, Records Fantastic Record

What would you do if you were Ben Seretan ’10?

What a month it’s been for Wesleyan musical ghosts of semesters past. Prog/jam/funktastic homeys Ishmael reemerged with announcement of a new EP (later previewed on WESU) and a date at Earth House to boot. Mad Wow, back from its Last Show Ever, brought its distinctive funk-inf(l)ected strain of Mad Wow Disease to Alpha Delt just last weekend. Duchampion alumnus Asa Horvitz ’10 popped up in Eclectic Haus last Saturday, fronting new project Point Reyes just before Nat Baldwin took the stage. And now fellow Duchampion guitarist/singer/general ass-kicker Ben Seretan ’10 is back in action with a fantastic collection of sprawling, reverby, mostly solo compositions entitled New Space.

Seretan recorded the entire thing, mostly by himself, at a friend’s studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn during the Superbowl. (According to an entirely scientific, infallible Wesleying poll, at least a quarter of readers didn’t watch the Superbowl. If any of you freaks recorded anything as mesmerizing as “What Would You Do If You Were Me?” during that time block, I’d like to hear it.)

Fauver Open Mic TONIGHT– NOWish

From Fauvite ’14:

It’s a celebration. It’s a study break. Bring your blanket, pillow, voice, guitar, laughter. But don’t bring your stress. It’s not allowed. Hot chocolate & snacks provided.

Date: Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Fauver Frosh Lounge

WesGuitarFest Performances

WesGuitarFest 2009, organized by Wesleyan guitar teacher Cem Duruöz, kicks off tonight. Included are performances by Wesleyan guitar students and music majors, as well as renowned guitarists Francisco Ortiz and Fernando Espí. All performances are free.


“A Celebration of the Spanish Guitar” with Francisco Ortiz, “García’s Guitar”

Paris born guitarist Ortiz presents the music of his Andalucian roots while reading the poetry of Federico García Lorca.

Date: Thursday April 16
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Wesleyan Guitarists’ Showcase

Wesleyan guitar students present their recent work. The performers include music majors Gabriel Furtado ’10, Lu Yang ’10, and others, playing music from around the world.

Date: Friday April 17
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: World Music Hall

Fernando Espí, “A Tárrega Celebrationgrano

Spanish guitarist Espí presents the music of the 19th century Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega in celebration of his life and work.

Date: Friday April 24
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Young Concert Guitarists of Milford

Established in Milford, CT by Wesleyan Faculty Cem Duruöz, The Young Concert Guitarists program features players from ages 6 to 14. In their pre-concert performance for Fernando Espí, they will play solos and duets.

Date: Friday April 24
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

*The mission of WesGuitars is to promote guitar music from around the world and cultural diversity, in the Wesleyan University and the greater Middletown communities using Spanish Classical Guitar as its main instrument. To achieve its mission, WesGuitars holds regular meetings to rehearse and socialize, organizes master-classes and formal concerts.

Presented by WesGuitars and the WSA.