San Diego, CA (July 25, 2006)–Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar, a theatrical/multimedia journey through the guitar’s colorful and surprisingly controversial 3,500-year history, will debut at San Diego’s North Park Theatre on September 7-10, 2006, to be filmed for a commercial release. Capturing every note of the musical journey will be a Lectrosonics VR Venue Modular Receiver System.
The show will present the story of the world’s most popular instrument through a combination of onstage narration, live performances by an all-star cast of guitar heroes, and video projections of rare historical footage and still images. Primal Twang began several years ago as the brainchild of flatpicking pioneer and Taylor Guitars clinician Dan Crary and writer/producer/director Anthony Leigh Adams. They expanded the premise and co-wrote a script that begins with the guitar’s ancient ancestors and covers not only the wildly eclectic forms of music played throughout the centuries on variants of the steel-string, nylon-string, and electric guitar, but also the sociological impact the guitar has had in every era.
The all-important wireless technology that facilitates freedom of movement for the show’s performing lineup will be provided by Lectrosonics. Lectrosonics’ Karl Winkler, director of Business Development, and Matt Robertson, West Coast sales manager, will be on hand to provide logistical and technical support for the company’s equipment.
The Lectrosonics equipment slated for these shows includes twelve channels of the company’s Venue wireless. A dozen Lectrosonics IM Series Digital Hybrid UHF belt pack transmitters and two SNA 600 dipole antennas will complete the system. “We’re absolutely delighted that Lectrosonics has been chosen to provide wireless technology for Primal Twang,” stated Winkler. “This is a huge event for guitarists of all musical disciplines, and we look forward to helping make each performance a success.”
In addition to Crary and his stellar stage ensemble that includes bandleader and Taylor player Dennis Caplinger, drummer Duncan Moore, bassist Jeff Pekarek, plus several additional outstanding instrumentalists, Primal Twang’s trump card is its showcase of international guest performers. This special lineup includes Grammy-winning guitarists Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Doc Watson, Mason Williams, Andrew York, plus Richard Watson. Further, harp-guitarists John Doan and Beppe Gambetta, Brazilian jazz master Peter Sprague, and Grand Old Opry star Doyle Dykes will make appearances.