“The Lodge” was both a somewhat rustic dwelling in the Montclair Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area and a way of not doing things. Between 1990 and 1994 the house was the scene of remarkable gatherings attended by artists of diverse musical stripes, all of whom willingly adhered to two implicit principles: No matter who you imagined yourself to be you checked your ego at the door, and you refrained as best you could from playing things you had played previously. Solos were frowned upon unless clearly inspired, and resorting to clichés might be grounds for expulsion. Everyone extemporized in service to the Muse and consequently magic was frequently afoot.
My intention is for this incarnation of The Lodge to embody that same spirit, eschewing the inane egoism characteristic of much contemporary “music journalism,” while reveling in instances of creative transcendence and counting on serendipity to help provide substantive content. Posts will range from personal musings to geeky studio stuff to music reviews to interviews with some of today’s most forward-thinking artists. —BC
The Art of Sky Gazing
Guitarist, composer, and interdimensional sonic shape-shifter David Torn has pursued a singular musical vision for more than four decades. His outré approach to guitar playing and electronic manipulation had already begun to fully crystallize by 1982, when he made his first record for the ECM label as a member of the fusion quartet Everyman Band. Torn had been mentored by Leonard Bernstein, studied guitar with Pat Martino and John Abercrombie, and performed alongside Don Cherry while honing his artistic aesthetic.