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If you take two of the county’s leading acoustic and jazz guitarists, a strong and musically flexible rhythm section, and a magpie’s sense of genre borrowing, you have a concert that is packed full of dynamic, and imaginative music making.
With guitarists and composers Pete Oxley and Nicholas Meier, drummer Paul Cavaciutti and bassist Ralph Mizraki, the Oxley Meier Guitar Project played a set that was taken from their most recent release The Alluring Ascent.
The set ranged from the blues and country rock of The Austin Bar, with its duelling nylon and sitar guitars, to the twisted tango rhythms of The Gift and the pure unbounded joy of East Coast Joys.
Walk in the Sky was a brooding reverie, before Our Homeland took in Meier’s personal and musical roots with a mid-eastern modality given to the music.
September Song was another uplifting piece, while Manzanati Samba was twisting music that went through a number of time signatures and keys without losing site of its Samba like origins.
Pete Oxley’s guitar sitar was used to good effect during Autumn Enters, before the long form improvisation that closed the concert, Our Beautiful Frantic Life, seemed to throw everything into the sonic soundscape.