Kurt Rosenwinkel, A Virtual Solo Guitar Concert
Kurt Rosenwinkel has become one of the most distinct voices in 21st-century jazz guitar. After attending Berklee College of Music for 2 1/2 years he was hired to tour with Gary Burton, then the Dean of the college. This opportunity led to many collaborations with jazz musicians who crossed the divide between 20th-century and 21st-century jazz. In 1995 he won the NEA’s Composers Award and was then quickly signed to Verve Records. His legacy as the pre-eminent jazz guitar voice of his generation is plainly evident on his eleven albums as a leader. Kurt has collaborated with Eric Clapton, Q-tip, Gary Burton, Paul Motian, Joe Henderson, Brad Mehldau, and Donald Fagen are but a few highlights from a remarkably diverse and extensive catalogue of over 150 sideman recordings. In 2016 Kurt founded Heartcore Records, his own record label to support a community of artists whose intents and musical diversity aligned closely with his own. In 2017 he released Caipi on Heartcore Records; this release highlighted Kurt’s world music influences. His follow-up release, Searching the Continuum, in 2019 saw a return to the more organic guitar quartet (guitar, keys, bass and drums) format but with a highly deconstructed approach to harmony, composition, and performance. Kurt has also shown resilience throughout the pandemic by maintaining an active social media presence, organizing events to help save struggling jazz clubs across the globe, and starting an online jazz improvisation workshop series titled: Guitarmony (get it? Guitar – Harmony…). Kurt recorded this solo performance just for Bates College! He recorded at his home studio in Europe and it is one single take: he improvises masterfully in a deeply personal way for an hour straight.