Music for solo and multiple guitars. Alan Licht performs solo here for the first time and then leads the Alan Licht Intervention with Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt of the Sea and Cake, sound engineer Casey Rice, Eleventh Dream Day’s Rick Rizzo, the Dishes’ Kiki Yablon, and Bobby Conn, as they play Betty Ford for seven guitars and screwdrivers. This scored work was first performed at the No Music Festival ’98 as a solo piece, then arranged for seven guitars for a concert at the Brooklyn Anchorage in June 2001.
The concert begins and closes with wrestling videos—home movies that came to Licht by way of Aaron Dilloway. First is Backyard Wrestling with soundtrack by Alan, then Baba O’Wrestling with a Licht-looped soundtrack using Blondie’s Heart of Glass and the Who’s Baba O’Riley.
Guitarist and author Alan Licht (b.1968, N.J.) is active in New York’s rock and experimental music scenes as a composer, improvisor, curator and lecturer, while also engaging in performances and installations that intersect with his interests in film and art. Since the early 1990s he has focused on pursuing free improvisation (with Rudolph Grey’s group the Blue Humans and guitarist Loren Mazzacane Connors) as well as indie rock (the bands Love Child and Run On, as well as a brief stint with legendary 60s psychedelic rock band Arthur Lee & Love). Over this period Licht also began developing a repertoire of structured improvisation pieces for solo electric guitar, documented on a series of albums starting with 1994’s Sink the Aging Process. These brought together his interests in reharmonization (from jazz and classical music), process, repetition, and extended duration (from Minimalism), and the textural vocabularies of rock and noise music. The albums also include tape pieces and organ works.
Alan Licht first performed in the Lampo series in June 2000, joined by Canadian artist, filmmaker and musician Michael Snow.