San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Michihiro Matsuda and Florian Vorreiter
a double workshop/lecture/performance in two sessions
with performances featuring Elliott Sharp and Gyan Riley
• 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: workshop
• 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM: lectures and performances
both events will take place at the
Mannes Concert Hall
150 West 85th Street, NY NY
Free and Open to the Public- Eventbrite registration is required
[your registration will include both events together, and you may attend either one, or both]
In an afternoon session, 3.30-5.00PM, master luthiers Matsuda and Vorreiter will conduct a hands on workshop and informal discussion of recent groundbreaking guitars from their workshops: Matsuda's experimental archtop, and Vorreiter's 8 string, 'fusion' classical guitar. Both instruments radically stretch the boundaries of the design envelope. The luthiers will present key design aspects of these instruments and host a discussion on construction methods, materials, and design philosophy with guests.
This workshop will be followed in the evening at 7.00 PM-9.30 PM by a formal double lecture and performances on the instruments. Elliott Sharp, CTM Artist Fellow 2014-15, will play Matsuda's experimental archtop; performer TBA for the Vorreiter instrument. A panel discussion with Matsuda, Vorreiter and Sharp will conclude, moderated by Ed Keller.
Pairing traditional woodworking skills with an innovative sense of design and construction, Matsuda builds around ten to twelve guitars each year at his lutherie studio in Oakland California. His instruments integrate fine materials with organic shapes and graceful lines.
The emphasis in Florian’s work is on traditional construction methods and state-of-the-art knowledge from research as well as elaborate measuring procedures (Chladni-modes, FFT-Analysis, deflection measurements). The unique sound of Vorreiter Instruments is accomplished by combining intuition and scientific procedures.
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In 2013-15, CTM presents a series of lectures, workshops, & performances focusing on the cutting edge present and future of guitar and instrument design. Co-sponsored by Mannes College of Music, functioning as a platform to build cross divisional collaboration at The New School, and opening exclusive external collaborations, this series has brought internationally renowned luthiers, designers, builders, materials innovators, composers, performers, theorists, and sound designers together to explore points of connection between the traditions of musical instrument design and sound production, and new forms of design thinking facilitated by materials science, emergent materials, parametric design, the internet of things, physical computing, networked sound, and the politics of ‘noise’.
Guests have included Ken Parker, Charlie Hunter, Ned Steinberger, Charles Yang, Ola Strandberg, Allan Marcus, Elliott Sharp, Perry Hall, Joe Ravo, Gary Lee, Fred Hand, and Ezio Blasetti.
When & Where
The Center for Transformative Media
The Center for Tranformative Media [Parsons The New School for Design] is a transdisciplinary media research initiative bridging design and the social sciences, and dedicated to the exploration of the transformative potential of emerging technologies upon the foundational practices of everyday life across a range of settings.