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GiG Performance Space: Schedule

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Guitar Games Workshop w Bruce Dunlap

11 to 3 - Saturday & Sunday

GIG Performance Space - 1808 Second Street
Santa Fe
Price: 2-day Workshop $100

All proceeds support the all-volunteer GiG Performance Space 

Gifting this workshop supports both an aspiring musician and GiG! 


Enroll here by clicking on the donate button.


This two-day workshop invites 30 participants, all styles all levels, from advanced beginners to pro to experience 8 hours of hands-on, stress-free, fast-moving guitar training. Participants will leave the weekend with an innovative, well-organized and highly flexible set of guitar tools and games, which yield real results for performers and improvisers. Day 1 will feature games to develop every aspect of guitar performance, improvising and composition. Day 2 will feature an in-depth look at solo guitar performing and the special tools involved.


GiG Performance Space

1808 Second St., Santa Fe 


Day 1 - A Map For the Improving Guitarist

Map Your Game Plan  

A Guitarist Composer's Toolkit

Rhythmic Entrainment

Harmonic Vocabulary

Chord Vocabulary

Melodic/Structural Improv

Reality Counterpoint

Fingerboard Relationships

Makes No Sense

Emotional Cues


Melodic Vocabulary

Phrase Rough/Phrase Nice

Hearing/ Interpreting

Your Own Sound

What Can Be Done In An Hour

The First 5 Minutes 

15 Second Melodies 

5 Minute songs

3 tiered chord vocabs

10 Essential Picking Patterns

10 Essential Chord Progressions 

Singing Your Chords

Guitar Harmonies With Voice

Simple Song Orchestration

Chords, Rhythms and Moods


Day 2 Solo Guitar Essentials

Plays Well Without Others

About Your Beat

Lose Your Grip

Missing Link Counterpoint

Just One String

Just 2 Notes

Skeleton Songs

The Dreaded Black Page

Sing By Number/Letter

Ten Solo Grooves

Independence Streak

Accompanying Material

Context/ Career Mapping


And much more...


"Dunlap sculpts a dazzling set of originals. Bringing to bear a supple technique and a gently arcing melodicism, Dunlap evokes shimmering portraits... His sound whether on 6,7,9 or 10 string acoustic guitars is likewise mellow and singing, yet always intense. In sum a tour de force." -Jazz Times


"A most amazing guitarist... Dunlap blew the audience's collective mind with a startling display of virtuosity, technical wizardry, and clarity." -Jazz Now


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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Big Al Anderson


GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20

Best known for his 23-year stint playing guitar in the iconic and notoriously eclectic rock band NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet), Big Al Anderson switched his focus to songwriting in the 1990's. He is considered to be among the elite of Nashville songwriters, with songs having been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, Etta James, The Allman Brothers, Jimmy Buffett and many many others. In 2000, Al was named BMI writer of the year and as a vocalist, he was called "most underrated" by Allmusic. Big Al will be joined by bassist Jon Gagan. 

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Boom Tic Boom w Allison Miller - Myra Melford - Todd Sickafoose - Kirk Knuffke - Jenny Scheinman

7:30 Pm

GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20


Boom Tic Boom 


Allison Miller - Drums

Myra Melford - Piano

Todd Sickafoose - Bass 

Kirk Knuffke - Cornet

Jenny Scheinman - Violin


“Allison is a refreshingly honest player. She plays as she is, which is great because she is such an open-hearted, humble, graceful person.” – Ani DiFranco


"The superb drumming of relative newcomer Allison Miller revealed that high-quality talent continues to flow into the jazz mainstream" - Don Heckman, LA Times


Allison is currently celebrating her latest release No Morphine No Lilies (The Royal Potato Family.) The album has been met with critical acclaim and features her band Boom Tic Boom.


“No Morphine No Lilies is by turns a dazzling, delightful, and challenging exercise led by not only one of the finest drummers on the scene, but also one of the most innovative compositional voices.” – Tom Jurek, All Music


NYC-based drummer and composer Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Coming from the Jazz tradition, she engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensibility, Allison has been named “Rising Star Drummer” and “Top 20 Jazz Drummer” in Downbeat Magazine’s acclaimed Critics Poll.


In 2010 Allison’s debut BTB release was voted “Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2010” by the LA Times and her 2012 “Live at Willisau” double-vinyl release was chosen as an Editor’s pick for Downbeat Magazine. BTB made NPR’s 2012 “Top 5 Bands to Discover” list at NYC’s renowned Winter Jazz Fest and is featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series with Bob Boilen, “JazzSet” with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and “The Checkout: Live” with Josh Jackson.


Boom Tic Boom is also appearing at The Outpost in Albuquerque on Oct 9th, 2014 at 7:30.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet - Gary Versace - Mark Helias - Nashee

7:30 PM - GiG Special Event!!

GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20

Jazz Times magazine says Alessi has "drop-dead trumpet chops" and calls his music "as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets.” Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco,CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. But after taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Dafnis Prieto. Alessi has recorded seven albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical. Jazz Times named This Against That's debut outing one of the ten best recordings of 2002 and in 2010, Alessi released “Cognitive Dissonance” which received a 4 star review from Downbeat magazine and was included in The New Republic’s top ten list of records of 2011.  In 2013, Ralph will release two records, a quartet recording on ECM records featuring Jason Moran and a duo record on CAMJazz with Fred Hersch.


Featuring some of the most in-demand creative voices on the international jazz scene the Baida Quartet is an absolute must see event at GiG this fall! 


The Baida Quartet is also appearing in Albuquerque at The Outpost on Oct.30th.

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