By Mark Gerlach
Renowned guitarist Lee Ranaldo of the influential New York City-based band Sonic Youth put on an avant-garde performance at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor last Sunday.
Ranaldo played a sapphire blue Fender Jazzmaster guitar with a violin bow; hung the guitar from ropes dangling from various trees, launching it in wide circles; and struck the instrument. The result was a meditation-like sound, which was carried through the wide-open green space via two Fender guitar amplifiers.
He also jingled bells and meandered through the crowd gathered on the grass, entrancing the audience. The mellifluous performance lasted approximately an hour without interruption.
Singer-songwriter Kevin Morby opened for Ranaldo, playing a handful of folkly, Bob Dylan-esque songs. Morby has played in bands including The Babies and Woods.