JAMES BLACKSHAW

Majestic finger-style and 12-string player James Blackshaw is probably best known for his John Fahey-like pieces on local label Tompkins Square, the gold standard for guitar nerds. TS not only uncovered lost folk legends such as Robbie Basho and Sandy Bull (two artists he's more similar to than Fahey) but new wünderkinds such as Kaki King. Blackshaw's deep and atmospheric work deserves to stand in such company, but his newer material, especially the recent The Glass Bead Game, moves more into classical and experimental territory with noticeable tips of the hat to minimalism using drones, piano, and strings. With Koen Holtkamp.
Mon., June 8, 8 p.m., 2009
 
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