Presented in conjunction with the ongoing and pretty darn awesome Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Andy Summers is bringing his similarly fantastic multimedia show to The Met on Saturday, June 22, at 6:30 pm.
Entitled A Certain Strangeness, the one-man show promises to fuse Summers’ amazing facility and creativity on the guitar with his photographic, conversational, and image-curation talents. There will also be an interview segment after the performance with Summers and Jayson Dobney of The Met’s Department of Musical Instruments.
I have been lucky enough to see a few evolutions of Summers’ multimedia show, and it’s often a jaw-dropping experience. First, there’s the solo guitar playing—which is like being immersed in a musical landscape of beauty, danger, surprise, joy, and astonishment. Then, there’s his incredible eye for photography—from almost surreal pastiches of fuzzy grey matter to sharply articulated images that are truly spellbinding. Everything works together. Surrender to the onslaught, and the music and the projected images will create a deep, near-cinematic journey that’s both artistically compelling and as fun as chomping popcorn in front of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. He’s also a fabulous raconteur with an encyclopedic stock of yarns about The Police, touring, creativity, world travel, art, music-industry absurdity, photography, cameras, software tools, and, of course, guitars and guitar gear. You never know what he will choose to talk about, but whatever anecdotes he delivers, they are always delightful.
In short, if you’re in the New York City area—Don’t miss this show!