Imagine receiving an invitation
to a gala featuring John Coltrane, Sigmund Freud, and Faust.
Bruce Forman’s “The Red Guitar” is all that
more. It draws on Forman’s decades of experience as a
formidable jazz guitarist and his considerable skill as a storyteller
and teacher, producing a work that is greater than the sum of
its dazzling parts.
A story in and about jazz, The Red Guitar
showcases Bruce Forman’s genre—breaking inventiveness
and his ability to improvise and create within a classical form.
Enlisting the full power of the jazz idiom and integrating it
with seasoned and provocative story-telling, he confronts the
dilemma of artistic obsession face-to-face—by creating
a work of art that simultaneously explores and demonstrates
the hold that music has over its most ardent followers, the
hold that poses itself as a life-or-death, must-be-solved-question
to Forman and his ilk: “The Red Guitar. Do you play it…or
does it play you?
See where you stand. See and hear The