Guitarist Norm Zocher presents The Electric Strings Quartet
On the heels of the New York and European premiers of his solo violin composition, Rock Ethic, guitarist/composer Norm Zocher will bring The Electric Strings Quartet to the Berklee Performance Center.
The Electric Strings Quartet features violinist Mimi Rabson, who commissioned and premiered Rock Ethic with a grant from Berklee College of Music; Norm Zocher's guitar, pedal steel guitar, and his new invention the guitcellin; Boston jazz string bass mainstay Bruno Råberg, and versatile drummer Dave Jamrog. The quartet will be performing excerpts of from Rock Ethic and other original compositions, arranged for the unique instrumentation of this ensemble.
"The standout performance of the evening was, by far, Zocher's unusual rendition of Coltrane's classic 'Giant Steps' on the steel guitar. Known for its non-standard harmonic changes and mercilessly fast tempo, Zocher gave the archetypal bop piece a fresh approach by slowing the tempo and infusing it with the unique sustain qualities of the steel guitar, allowing for a greater appreciation of the familiar harmonic progression. Again with Zocher on steel, the trio closed out the performance to great effect on the Lynyrd Skynyrd hit, 'Free Bird.' The entire concert was a succinct demonstration of Zocher's range, performance and composition skills." - Mike Reynolds, MuzikReviews.com
"Norm Zocher's guitar has an eerie glow - a more forceful version of Ben Monder. - John Barrett, JazzUSA.com