VARIOS – THE NEW UNIVERSE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010
193 MINUTES OF AMAZING FILM SHOT ON HIGH DEFINITION. OVER 145 MINUTES OF LIVE MUSIC, AND 54 MINUTES OF BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE, INTERVIEWS.
John McLaughlin (Guitar); Jimmy Herring (Guitar); Wayne Krantz (Guitar); Alex Machacek (Guitar); Tom Guarna (Guitar); Matthew Garrison (Bass); Anthony Jackson (Bass); Etienne Mbappe (Bass); Neal Fountain (Bass); Richie Goods (Bass); Gary Husband (Keys); Scott Kinsey (Keys); Matt Slocum (Keys); Vince Evans (Keys); Jeff Sipe (Drums); Mark Mondesir (Drums); Gary Husband (Drums); Lenny White (Drums); Ranjit Barot (Drums); Cliff Almond (Drums); Arto Tuncboyacin (Percussion, Voice); Zakir Hussain (Tabla); Bala Bhaskar (Violin)
On November 20 and 21, 2010, maverick record label Abstract Logix hosted a series of spectacular performances, featuring an array of artists who handily defy genre categorization in favor of unbridled expression. The first New Universe Festival was a die-hard music lover’s dream, defined by artists who seamlessly mingle compositional ingenuity and improvisational grace and fervor.
Among the featured musicians were pioneering guitarist John McLaughlin and his current band the 4th Dimension with special guest, world music legend tabla maestro Zakir Hussain; Widespread Panic guitar hero Jimmy Herring with his electric band; Return to Forever Drummer Lenny White; the all-star quartet Human Element (keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matt Garrison, percussionist Arto Tunçboyaciyan; fearless guitarist and improviser Wayne Krantz appearing with the amazing Anthony Jackson on bass; visionary Indian composer and drummer Ranjit Barot; and emerging guitar visionary Alex Machacek.