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Guitarist David Torn Performs Solo Improvisations November 16

November 8, 2016

Former David Bowie Sideman Will Share Solo Improvisations

Middlebury, VT—Middlebury College will welcome guitarist and composer David Torn for an evening of solo improvised guitar music on Wednesday, November 16 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Torn’s layered, textural approach to guitar has graced recordings by David Bowie, Madonna, John Legend, Tori Amos, and k.d. Lang. He has also contributed to many film scores both as composer (The Wackness, The Order, Friday Night Lights, Lars and the Real Girl) and as a musician/texturalist (Adaptation, The Big Lebowski, Twilight, No Country for Old Men). Concert admission is free.

“His work is very spiritual. And has an ephemeral quality that I adore.—David Bowie

“BOOM! Within a minute I was just sitting there, riveted. This guy’s twisted…. He’s ‘The One’.”—Jeff Beck

David Torn’s improvised solo guitar performances use looping, technology, and unorthodox techniques to create a canvas of sound which he spatters with guitar notes. He describes his performance as “real-time composition, but it’s about relaxing into it, enjoying the flow of sound, letting the music happen in its own time—and being open to the unexpected.”

He began his career with the Ithaca-based, proto-jam band The Zobo Funn Band in the 1970s, and rose to prominence as a member of The Everyman Band and as a sideman to Jan Garbarek and Don Cherry in the 1980s. He has recorded six albums as a leader for the ECM, Windham Hill, CMP, and 75 Ark record labels. He earned a Grammy for his mixing and composition for Jeff Beck, Reader’s Poll awards from Guitar Player magazine, and many other honors for his film score work.

This concert is sponsored by the Department of Music, the Department of Film and Media Culture, the Committee on the Arts, the Director of the Arts, and the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

The concert by David Torn will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 8:00 P.M., in the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. The concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artist. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Admission is free. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to

Photo Wes Orshoshi/EMC Records

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Middlebury College
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