The second installment of the Zen Guitar: One Sound One Song Festival took place in New York City at the fabled Bowery Poetry Club on Saturday, October 9th, 2004.
The guiding light and spiritual father of the OSOS festival, Phil Toshio Sudo, was certainly present in spirit if not in body.
Many colleagues, fans, friends and ZG aficionados packed the house and added their considerable creative talents and support to the proceedings with performances that embodied the Zen Guitar philosophy and social & artistic interactions that have always been the bedrock of Sudo's work and efforts. The evening furthered the concept of an ever-expanding Zen Guitar Dojo with many people enjoying the archival videos, anecdotal stories and personal accounts of encounters and enduring relationships with the author/composer.
Some of the works performed were interpretations of the "One Song", complemented by readings from his four published books. Others were compositions inspired, informed or dedicated to the Original Zen Guitarist (OZG).
A sense of close-knit community was palpable, and the promise of expansion and redemption permeated all that transpired that evening.
The performances were focused and tasteful and addressed the matter at hand, namely the development and dissemination of the Zen Guitar PHILosophy.
Tobias Hurwitz, who was working with Sudo at the time of his passing on the Zen Guitar sequel "The Book Of Six Strings", performed solo and with Zen Guitar: The Next Generation (a group of youthful enthusiasts from Baltimore, Maryland). He spoke a healthy dose of ZG background and illustrated how to interpret Sudo's guitar approach into informed individualistic expression.
Deb DeSalvo, the "guitar goddess", paid homage to the sensei by evoking Shiva and urged all who might be disposed to pick up the musical axe to "Get Free."
Two New York based musical groups, Yard Sale Crisis and Shanghai Love Motel, captured the spirit of the evening with dedicated rock medleys addressing the various facets of the Zen Guitar dojo.
Felice Rosser and Nao Hakamada, two members of a band called Faith, wooed the crowd with soothing melodies and Felice's reassuring vocals, displaying both excellence and humility in one broad stroke.
Tracy Buell Sudo addressed the crowd with all the emotion & eloquence one would expect from Sudo's life partner.
Avant Garbage, the group which was the main vehicle for the author/composer's Zen Guitar expressions in the 1990s, performed a version of the "One Song" featuring guitarist Marc Stern, who tapped into his experience of performing with Sudo to reveal all that could be musically if he was with us today.
Melissa Brown leveled the vibe with her ZG tone poem.
Master of ceremonies, Salvatore Principato solidified the evening with personal anecdotes and idiosyncratic interpretations of the man and his work.
Readings from his four published books were read throughout the proceedings with Sudo's friend and videographer, "Dougie Doug" Houseman speaking volumes in a few short sentences & a chosen passage.
Images and interviews with the author were projected throughout.