Richmond Sessions ’22–23 | Joel Harrison & Anthony Pirog on #neuguitars #blog #JoelHarrison #AnthonyPirog

VMFA presents Richmond Sessions ’22–’23, a series of studio recordings by an eclectic roster of guitarists performing in the art exhibition Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art.

Joel Harrison Guitarist, composer, arranger, lyricist, writer, educator, and vocalist Joel Harrison has “created a new blueprint for jazz” (New Orleans Times-Picayune). A Guggenheim Fellow (2010) whose compositions have been commissioned by Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, New Music USA, the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, and the Mary Flagler Cary Trust—Harrison is a two-time winner of the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Competition and has appeared repeatedly on DownBeat magazine’s “Rising Star” poll.

Anthony Pirog Washington DC’s jazz and experimental music scenes wouldn’t be quite where they are today without Anthony Pirog. The guitarist, composer, and loops magician is a quiet but ubiquitous force on stages around his hometown. With fearsome chops and a keen ear for odd beauty, Pirog has helped expand the possibilities of jazz, rock, and experimentalism in a town long known for its straight-ahead tradition. Pirog’s roots as a guitarist are in the work of DC guitar heroes Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan, and their virtuosic technique that blended all styles of popular music. He has taken and built upon those roots, working in straight and experimental jazz, improvisation, and electronics/looping. Having mastered these styles, he somehow makes them all work together and makes them all his own.