Fretless Wonders

November 22, 2005

Organized by unfretted veteran Michael “Atonal” Vick, the shows presented renowned players such as New York City’s Elliott Sharp and Seattle’s Tom Baker, along with a gaggle of lesser-known unfettered fretters. The event also served as the CD release party for the double-CD compilation Village of the Unfretted [Unfretted], which features artists from 16 countries. Both a CD and a DVD documenting the event are planned.

Eddie DeGenaro
Credit: Jesper deJong
Eddie DeGenaro delivered awesome chops with style on his Vigier fretless guitar.

Elliott “E#” Sharp
Credit: Michael Vick
Elliott “E#” Sharp and his homemade fretless left many listeners shaking their heads in disbelief.

Eric Rhodes
Credit: Jesper deJong
The Eric Rhodes Band belted out the blues with a special Alabama flair.

Franck Vigroux
Credit: Michael Vick
Franck Vigroux and Michel Blanc introduced New York played heavy French music for New York.

Gunnar Backman
Credit: Michael Vick
Swedish subversive Gunnar Backman showed why he’s at the cutting edge of Nordic improvisation.

Michael Vick
Credit: Jenny Rowell
Michael “Atonal” Vick and G5 stretched out at the Knitting Factory.

Ratko Zjaca
Credit: Jesper deJong
Ratko Zjaca played his Godin Fretless Multiac with a uniquely Croatian spirit.

The Tom Baker Quartet
Credit: Michael Vick
The Tom Baker Quartet simmered through structured improvisations.

Yan Vagh
Credit: Michael Vick
Even with a broken finger, Yan Vagh dazzled all at the Knitting Factory.

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