Guitar Pilots is the new spacemusic duo featuring guitarists Art Cohen and Scott Watkins. Their music features lengthy structured improvisational pieces which transport the listener to the depths of space, all the while focusing on each precious unfolding moment. Cohen's sequencer-like echoing guitar figures provide rhythmic propulsion, while Watkins' breathing chords and sub-octave rumblings build a foundation for both musicians to rise in melodic flights. Singing glissando blends seamlessly with plucks, twangs and blasts of an interstellar beam. Following the trail blazed by Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, and the Berlin School, Guitar Pilots carve out their own unique sonic territory that is both organic as the ground underneath and as far-reaching as a distant pulsar.
Art Cohen has been a fixture in the Philadelphia music scene for over 30 years as both a performer and an audio engineer. Fluent in guitar, bass, keyboards and harmonica, he has performed at concert venues and radio studios throughout the Delaware Valley and brought his music to Toronto, New York and other cities in the Northeast. He has released CD's with The Ministry of Inside Things, Delicate Monster, CubiZm, Lessick & Lincoln & Cohen, Waves of Violet, Men from When, and as a solo artist. His music ranges from electronic space to ambient to folk-rock to psychedelic rock to traditional folk to experimental to spoken word and beyond - sometimes within the same performance. Cohen has cultivated a unique guitar style drawing on influences including Garcia, Gilmour, Hendrix, Gottsching, Fripp, and Pinhas.
Scott Watkins may be best known as the guitar half of Orbital Decay, the Philadelphia area guitar & synth duo who, over the past couple of decades, have graced the stages of all the region's important electronic spacemusic venues. Watkins coaxes an extended pallet of sounds from his guitar through the use of synthesizers, modelling processors and a range of outboard gear. He has built many of his own instruments, including an other-worldly 12-foot beam, which resounds throughout his work in Guitar Pilots. Echoes of David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix and Edgar Froese may be heard in Scott's textural and melodic playing.
Guitar Pilots will headline their concert in Philadelphia at The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 22 April 2017.
Prior to this event Guitar Pilots played a live to air set on the 04.03.16 broadcast of STAR'S END, and are again scheduled back on the air in Spring 2017.