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News : National Published: Apr 23, 2008 - 5:49:41 AM

Guitar giant Allan Holdsworth is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse

By Ridgefield Playhouse

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Some call Allan Holdsworth a giant in the field of guitar playing; some say he beats all at pushing the outer limits of instrumental technique and textural possibilities. All agree that in concert, the man absolutely soars. Allan Holdsworth takes the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, May 23.

Listed at the top of Musician Magazine's "100 greatest guitarists of all time," Allan Holdsworth is a member of Guitar Player Magazine's Hall of Fame. His first recording was with Igginbottom ("Wrench"), shortly thereafter he joined Jon Hiseman's short-lived but much-acclaimed progressive rock band, Tempest. Holdworth's trademark sound is evident with a technique that routinely soars with supersonic intensity and one of its earliest available samplings is heard with Soft Machine's release, "Bundles."

Allan Holdsworth uses a SynthAxe, an instrument that uses an
electronic synthesizer to produce sound and is controlled by using an arm, which resembles the neck of a guitar in form and in use. It is no longer produced, but examples of Holdsworth's use are on the albums, "Atavachron," "Sand" and "Flat Tire." The album, "Secrets" further revealed Holdworth's rich harmonic vision and unleashed his enigmatic style that continues in invert, push and transform the boundaries of rock, fusion and jazz forms.

For tickets ($35) and further information about The Ridgefield Playhouse, call the box office at 203-438-5795; tickets may be also purchased online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street.

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