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September 23, 2018

Acoustic guitarists Lage, Eldridge to improvise, blend genres in concert


OSWEGO — Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge will improvise on their vintage guitars as they try to surprise a Sheldon Hall ballroom audience in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, at SUNY Oswego.

Acoustic guitarists Julian Lage (left) and Chris Eldridge will   appear in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in Sheldon Hall ballroom at SUNY Oswego.

Acoustic guitarists Julian Lage (left) and Chris Eldridge will appear in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, in Sheldon Hall ballroom at SUNY Oswego.

With the help of Lage’s and Eldridge’s 1939 Martin guitars, the musicians will explore a world of “spontaneous composition” in the free public performance presented by the SUNY Oswego music department.

The pair collaborated on a 2013 release titled “Close to Picture” in spite of their musical differences — Lage’s expertise in modern jazz and Eldridge’s passion for bluegrass music.

Lage, a composer and arranger as well as an instrumentalist, was the subject of Mark Becker’s Academy Award-nominated documentary “Jules at Eight.” His debut album “Sounding Point” was nominated for a Grammy as Best Contemporary Jazz album in 2010. His most recent duo album, “Free Flying” with Fred Hersch, received a coveted five-star review in Down Beat magazine.

Eldridge is a founding member of the Punch Brothers, which released two albums and received two Grammy nominations. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in music performance, he joined the bluegrass group the Seldom Scene, which received a Grammy nomination in 2007. Later on, Eldridge founded the bluegrass band Infamous Stringdusters that won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year for its debut album at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association awards.

John Shaffer, director of Artswego, the college’s arts presentation organization, says bringing performers such as Lage and Eldridge to Oswego furthers the college’s mission to brighten the cultural environment and to supplement academic offerings.

For more information on arts presentations at SUNY Oswego, visit oswego.edu/arts

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