Monnette Sudler’s 5Th Annual Guitar Summit

5th Annual Guitar Summit
Saturday February 8, 2014
MONTCO Science Center Theater
340 Dekalb Pike Blue Bell, PA
tickets & info: :  or call 215-641-6518

Every so often I go back to listen to some of the music that has influenced my musical development. There are some things that make me wonder what I found interesting but for the most part my lessons have stood the test of time.

A few years ago I was invited to play my bagpipes at composer Andrea Clearfield’s salon. My mistake was that I didn’t know who else was playing that night. After my set I put my pipes away and went back to the concert and listened to a guitar player that blew me away. I missed the name but after the show introduced myself. I had to find out who she was. When she told me her name I did a double take replying back, “Did you say Monnette Sudler?” the reply, “Yes.”  Now I found myself dressed in my formal kilt uniform speaking with Monnette Sudler an early influence whose guitar playing on the album The Other Side of Gemini had a huge impact on me. Clearly a Philadelphia guitar legend Monnette Sudler has six album to her credit. Growing up listening to Motown and Nat King Cole Sudler tributes her first teacher to introducing her to the music of Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens Paul Simon and Mississippi Reds. Later Monnette was influenced by John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davies to name a few. 

I am reminded of that meeting as Monnette Sudler’s 5th Annual Guitar Summit is coming up on Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 8:00 pm at Montgomery County Community College, Science Center Theater located at 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. 

In this years Guitar Summit Sudler brings us in addition to her performance:

Tosin Abasi who is best known for playing the 7 and 8 stringed guitar in the instrumental progressive metal band, “Animals as Leaders”, of which he is the founder and lead guitarist. In the early 2000’s before founding “Animals as Leaders” he joined the band Reflux. Tosin utilizes the power of techniques and the endless possibilities of guitar playing in any genre. He is primarily self- taught, but studied jazz and classical guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music. Through his compositions he hopes to break down the approach to utilizing the 7 and 8 string guitars, in both lead and rhythm work. His solo project “Amimals as Leaders”, on Prosthetic Records, the name is loosely derived from the book of Ishmael. Tosin recorded two albums, his self-titled debut “Animals as Leaders” and “Weightless”.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and songwriter originally from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing banjo when he was thirteen years old. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York and released five albums as a leader. His latest album Heartland features a mixture of elements from several genres expressed in Japanese songs and acoustic guitar instrumentals that Hiroya spent years composing.

Mulebone is an American blues based duo of roots music specialist singer/guitarist Hugh Pool and multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa. The combo originally formed in 1996 to play at the Brotherhood of Thieves on Nantucket Island. The group continues to perform, expanding their area of operation and repertoire. They were featured, along with Sweet Honey in the Rock, Maria Muldaur and David Grisman on the award winning Ellipsis Arts compilation album, American Lullaby. Their own album Mulebone, was a collection of traditional’s, and charted in the Top 100 on the “Americana Roots Chart” for National radio airplay, as reported by the Album Network.

Sheryl Bailey is rated among the foremost bop-based guitarists to have emerged from the 90’s. Her attack can be direct and hard swinging, but she also exudes subtlety, elegance of phrase and a pure, warm liquid sound. She was voted a new “Rising Star” by the Downbeat Critics in 2013. As an educator, she has been an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music since 2000, The Collective School of Music in NYC, and has been a clinician for The National Guitar Workshop, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, The Duquesne Guitar Seminar, UARTS in Philadelphia, Southern Cross University in Australia, GIT, and LAMA. Her Mel Bay publication, “Moveable Shapes” is a top seller in their Jazz Curriculum series. Sheryl’s presentation will also feature special guest vocalist Sherry Butler.

monnette_sudler_|_david_cohen_bagpipes_|_guitar   David Cohen     Monnette Sudler
The 5th Annual Guitar Summit is offered in cooperation with Montgomery County Community college. Monnette Sudler’s CD”s are available at

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