Research Seminar: Greg Stott

Greg Stott

The Echo Chamber and the Missing Gear

'How does one’s improvisational idiolect evolve? Often it’s an organic evolution, reflecting influences, life experience and personality. The present-day guitarist draws their inspiration and vocabulary from nearly a century of guitar recordings. In the modern era of unprecedented access to information and specific genre-based instruction perhaps it is easier than ever to become ensconced in the guitar “echo chamber”. In seeking further inspiration, many have been drawn to instrumentalists other than guitarists. This inspiration may be broad musical engagement but can also be specific vocabulary and devices. Django Reinhardt was influenced by Armstrong and Ellington as well as by guitarists Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti. Pat Metheny cited Montgomery’s Smokin’ at the Half Note as a major influence but was also inspired by saxophonist Ornette Coleman (among other non-guitarists) and Allan Holdsworth was notable for eschewing guitar tropes and clichés, drawing inspiration from saxophonist John Coltrane.

My own research journey led to exploring the abstraction possibilities of drum-set vocabulary and methodologies for use in guitar composition and improvisation. In this presentation I give a snapshot of particular aspects of my current research but also take a little detour with some auto-ethnographic reflection on some of the formative experiences that eventually led to my research interest - in particular, my struggles as a student with the “missing gear'.


Greg Stott has a Masters degree in Music (Performance, Arranging & Composition) and has been a featured performer at numerous events including the 2010 New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival, the Sydney Olympics Festival, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the National Folk festival and a number of international sporting events. He has also played for Australian Prime Ministers and foreign dignitaries and performed original compositions for ABC FM, broadcast nationally. He was Musical Director and composer for an independent Australian film, The Competition.

In addition to performing with The Greg Stott Band and the Utopia Collective, Greg has performed or recorded with a range of jazz, classical and pop artists including:

James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Andrew Gander, Tim Kain (Guitar Trek), Tim Strong (USA), Brady Blade (USA), Don Johnson, Miroslav Bukovsky, Brendan Clarke, Wayne Kelly, Craig Scott, Gery Scott, Craig Schneider, Ra Khahn, The Idea of North, John Mackey, Mike Price, Eric Ajaye, Col Hoorweg, James Greening, Dave Panichi, Ben Hauptman, Peta Gammie, Grace Knight, Jackie Love, Rhonda Birchmore, Hayley Jensen (Australian Idol), Steve and Rae Amosa, Kirrah Amosa Gabby Birmingham, Elana Stone, Meg Corsen, Adam Sofo (The Voice, Silverchair, Guy Sebastian), Robbie Zootster, Steve Allen, The RMC Duntroon Big Band, and the Canberra Symphony Pops Orchestra. Greg has also supported acts as diverse as Shirley Maclaine, Dionne Warwick, The Whitlams, Killing Heidi, Mental as Anything, and Daryl Braithwaite.

Limited number of seats available in this Research Seminar, for the public (seats will be automatically reserved for School of Music students who attend research seminars for coursework). Public RSVP via this EventBrite listing.

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