EDITOR'S NOTE: I will be camping with Animals on Thursday and Friday. Bringing a second generation S2 prototype guitar with a new pickup wiring scheme. Also bringing warm clothing: current temp 4.5 F (-15 C).
Four of the most amazing musicians you will ever encounter have teamed up to host a winter retreat and clinic in the Catskill Mountains of New York State next week: Camping With Animals.
Tosin Abasi & Javier Reyes form the string section of Animals As Leaders, playing intense yet accessible instrumental progressive metal that flows effortlessly through uncommon time signatures and extended chord voicings. Drummer Matt Garstka drives the band forward with incredible precision and foot speed. Weightless is a great album, perfect introduction to their material.
I think that it'd be great to have you come through. It would add to the camp to have a luthier show some conceptual approaches to building guitars and give people a chance to handle some unique instruments. Let me know what you think!
During the hours spent with them this past year, I was fascinated by the music they each played to evaluate a new guitar. I would give them an unfamiliar machine to explore and watch mesmerized as they vanished inside the music. What emerged was classical or jazz, played always with cleanest possible tone. Here is an excellent example, backstage with the prototype aluminum neck guitar...
NOTES: Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes, and Chris Buono test the TOONE & TOWNSEND Six prototype guitar.
Evan Brewer is best known for his bass playing, however he is a master of the fretboard, regardless of scale length or frequency. At NAMM and on separate tour busses twice this year he played different guitars I'd built — T2, aluminum neck prototype, Sketch — demonstrating tremendous depth of theory and technique. Watch how he transposes his music from 4-string bass to 7-string multi-scale guitar in real time...
NOTES: Bass player Evan Brewer plays Sketch 7-string guitar. NAMM 2012.
Hey Rick! I would love to have you come hang out at the camp. I think it would be awesome for everyone to see and play your stuff. I am planning on bringing Orchid for the record. Keep me posted on what you end up doing. Hope to see you there!
All three musicians are skilled instructors, teaching private lessons while on tour. They are real, down-to-earth human beings as well, personable and not at all egocentric. If you can make it next week, I know you will have a fantastic experience. See you there.