The Zen Guitar
Project is the art-music project
of dojo founder Philip Toshio Sudo. It was from this musical
endeavor that the Zen Guitar concept was born.
Personnel: The project
consists of Psudo on electric guitar and effects, Salvatore
Principato on drums, percussion, and sampler, and Chas Schreier
on drums. Bassists vary.
Style: The group
plays only one "song" (the composition "One
Sound One Song"), repeating and intermixing a series
of a dozen instrumental, basic themes. The result is a song
that is always the same, and yet never the same. Each composition
grows organically and can vary in length from a few minutes
to a few hours. (Zen Guitar performances at the New York
City Marathon, for example, run the duration of the entire
race.) The themes remain constant, but the tempo and mood
change according to the moment. The openness of the format
allows mistakes and random noises/samples to be incorporated
into the composition as they happen. (See also the Zen Guitar Method.)
(Please note: The ZG Project is not the "definitive
sound" of the Zen Guitar philosophy. It is simply one
sound among many, and, understandably, there will be listeners
to whom the sound does not appeal. Do not allow the sound
of the music to color your perception of the Zen Guitar philosophy.
The music is for those select few who like it, but the philosophy
applies to everyone, regardless of one's taste or abilities
Artistic statement: Enter by form, Exit from form
Sound, One Song
Zen Guitar Project welcomes live performance dates around
the world at outdoor festivals, clubs, street fairs, city
squares and parks. Contact Psudo at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject
heading: ZG Project) for booking information.