Fretless Guitar News – March 2019

Here to help you recover from the Valentine’s day blues is the fifteenth edition of Fretless Guitar News.

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Reviewed Neil Haverstick’s new book – Hopelessly Microtonal

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New website page including latest announcements for the 8th DFGF: Announcement and artists

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Eric Jackson – Is This What Remains?

Released February 15, 2019 Eric Jackson’s “Is this what Remains?’ a four track EP of ambient guitar music that can be performed live, the technicalities of which I’ll let Eric himself deal with. I’m a big fan of the ambient, so for me it is a real treat, go listen or buy at bandcamp.

Is This What Remains

In his own words…

Four ambient sketches that aim to set tone, create mood and situate the listener in a sustained place.

Like all ambient music, the ability to fade into the background is always possible, though I recommend listening without distractions such as screens, web surfing, etc. and without headphones to allow the sound to permeate the air.

This is an ambient guitar EP produced over 6-weeks as a part of Chord’s of Orion’s 6-Week Ambient Guitar Workshop.

The project started out with an initial set of constraints and parameters: Stick to the same signal chain, keep the recordings simple and use the same guitar for each piece. For me, I added the constraint of creating pieces that could only be performed live. While these were all recorded to tracks that slightly exceeded one of the initial constraints, that of only two tracks, all of these pieces can be performed live using the same signal chain I used to record them.

I explored a number of approaches to these pieces, trying to find what felt most natural and most fitting for the project. In the end these pieces are the result of allowing melodic implications and textural creations, all originating from the guitar, to permeate the soundscape, with slight adjustments to pedals as the loops continued to play over and over again.

Only one effect was swapped out in the process of recording and I made a couple of adjustments to the original tracks in post. Otherwise this is as pure a representation as possible of the generative process I used to create these pieces.

Offsite Reviews

An offsite review of Elliot Sharps’s book iRational Music (guitar modern)

Neil Haverstick interview 


Tim Donahue

TimDonahue Harp Guitar

In his own words…
I’ve written pieces specifically for a March 16th performance at the incredible Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bufalo, NY.

Very much looking forward to performing at the state-of-the-art Ciminelli Hall at Buffalo State College on March 19, 2019 at 7:30pm. My harp guitar in 360-degree surround sound should be awesome! Come celebrate this night of music with me. 

Cenk Erdogan

Cenk Erdogan

3.1.2019 – Kent Meridian Performing Arts Center, Kent WA
3.2.2019 – Lincoln Theatre, Mt. Vernon WA
3.3.2019 – Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, Big Sky MT
3.5.2019 – The Ellen Theatre, Bozeman MT

More details

Ron (Bumblefoot) Thal

ron-thal-march2019-Japan gigs

Pete Oxley / Nicolas Meier

pete and Nick meier

The Oxley Meier guitar project will launch their new album on 6th March 2019 at the 606 club.

This is their follow up to the very successful “Colours of Time” album and is titled “The Alluring Ascent”

Tour dates:
March 1st, The Bear, Luton, UK
March 6th, 606 Jazz Club, London ALBUM LAUNCH, UK
March 7th, The Spin Jazz Club, Oxford, UK
March 8th, Wakefield Jazz Club, Wakefield, UK
March 9th, Zeffirelli’s, Amblesides, UK
March 11th, Lewes Jazz Club, UK
March 12th, Hastings Jazz Club, UK
March 14th, Poole Jazz Club, UK
March 15th, Bridport Arts Center, UK
March 16th, Verdict, Brighton, UK
March 17th, Chandros Arms, North London, UK
March 20th, Swansea Jazz Club, UK
March 21st, Narberth, UK
March 22nd, Tolman Center, Falmouth, UK
March 23rd, CICIC, Taunton, UK
March 24th, (lunch time) Plymouth, UK
March 24th, (evening) Frome, UK
March 25th, Beavers inn, Appledore Jazz Club, UK
March 27th, Speakeasy, Torquays, UK
March 29th, Illminster Arts Center, UK
March 30th, Ashcroft Arts center, UK
April 1st, Kenilworth, UK
April 5th, Didcot., UK
April 6th, Hadleigh, UK
April 7th , Lowestoft, UK
April 12th, Birmingham, UK
April 17th, St-Austell, TBC
April 20th, Worton Organic Farm, UK
May 9th, Harwich, UK
May 12th, Berkshire Maestros, UK
May 21st, Twickenham Jazz Club, Twickenham, UK
May 23rd, Kiste, Stuttgart, Germany
May 24th, Bretts, Eupen, Belgium
May 25th, Bretts, Eupen, Belgium
May 26th, Mampf, Frankfurt, Germany
June 1st, Lichfield Jazz and Blues Festival, UK
July 3rd, Centre Suedois, Paris, France
July 5th, Normandie, France
More Nicolas Meier gigs

The Old Town Underdogs / DAMJAX / Jack Mazzenga

DAMJAX 28 march 2019

Tom Baker

Thu, Mar 7, 2019 6:00 PM
Cornish Playhouse (map)
Bob and I are very excited to have been offered this 2-week residency called Arts Incubator, sponsored by Cornish College of the Arts. We will have dedicated space and time at the Cornish Playhouse Alhadeff Studio Theater to deepen our collaboration and further explore the work we have been making in this digital intermedia collaboration in image+sound.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
8:00 PM 9:00 PM
Parliment (map)
TRIPTET returns to perform a set in Seattle alongside our friends ASK THE AGES at Parliment. Hope to see you.

More Tom Baker gigs…

Tom Baker Fretless Guitar


Consider The Source

Our Album Announcement is here!!! “You Are Literally A Metaphor” will be released Friday, March 1st, 2019. You can pre-order your download, CD or Vinyl at as well as stream our 11 minute single “Enemies of magicK” and view the tracklisting.

We’ve also released a video for “Enemies of magicK” which you can watch below. We hope you enjoy and to see you on on our 2019 MetaTour. More dates coming soon!!!

Upcoming Stateside shows…
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, 8:00 PM Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 4411
Thu, MAR 07 The Stache @ The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
Fri, MAR 08 Madison Live, Covington, KY
Sat, MAR 09 Reggies, Chicago, IL
Wed, MAR 13 Whiskey Junction, Minneapolis, MN
Thu, MAR 14 Redstone Room, Davenport, IA
Fri, MAR 15 Encore Room @ Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO
Sat, MAR 16 Reverb Lounge, Omaha, NE
Wed, MAR 20 Mohawk, Austin, TX
Thu, MAR 21 Last Concert Cafe, Houston, TX
Fri, MAR 22 Sundown At Granada, Dallas, TX
Sat, MAR 23 Dan’s SilverLeaf, Denton, TX
Thu, MAR 28 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
Fri, MAR 29 Lost Lake, Denver, CO
Wed, APR 03 Aisle 5, Atlanta, GA

More CTS gig details

Fretless Videos

CTS new single… (Enemies of MagicK)

Tolga During

Edward Powell presents one of his instruments, the Murchana Ragmakam-Tar

Offsite Fretless Videos

Erkan Ogur at Neu Guitars

Fretless Guitars for sale

Sinan Cem Eroğlu classical guitar

Anil Aras made this in Istanbul in 2018. Spruce sound board, walnut sides and back. Piezzo pickup is Artec.
Sinan Cem Eroğlu is selling this hand made Fretless Classical Guitar for 2000 Euros, contact him by DM on facebook Sinan Cem Eroğlu (location Turkey)

Left Handed Kiesel Edition KV7 Fretless Guitar. (location Australia)

Here’s a really nice classical guitar. (location Turkey)

Some cheap Fretless Acoustic Guitars (location UK) (location UK) (location UK)



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