The world premiere of Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar in San Diego, Calif. (September 7 to 10, 2006), will comprise a theatrical/multimedia journey through the guitar’s 3,500-year history, told through a combination of onstage narration, live performances by an all-star cast and video projections of rare historical footage and still images.
“Primal Twang reveals compelling stories and music from the guitar’s past, present and future,” says writer/producer/directory Anthony Leigh Adams, who is working with Taylor Guitars clinician Dan Crary. “Dan and the seven-piece band are onstage the whole time, performing everything from ancient modal music to classical, flamenco and the Chet Atkins school, and from the guitar-based vocal pop of the early 20th century through the jazz, folk, surf and rock eras, right up to today. At key points in the show, our featured guest artists will join the band. So we’ll see and hear some of the best guitarists in the world as the ‘instrument of the gods’ emerges from antiquity, gathers steam over centuries and explodes in our own time to become the ‘universal’ musical instrument.”
The all-important wireless technology that facilitates freedom of movement for the show’s performing lineup will be provided by Lectrosonics. Lectrosonics’ Karl Winkler and Matt Robertson will be on hand to provide logistical and technical support for the equipment, which includes 12 channels of the VR Venue modular receiver system. 12 IM Series digital hybrid UHF beltpack transmitters and two SNA 600 dipole antennas.