Article published in Japan’s Seikyo Shimbun

•May 18, 2012 • 2 Comments

On May 12th, 2012, my experience as an SGI member and professional musician was published in Japan’s third largest daily newspaper with a distribution of 5.5 million, the Seikyo Shimbun.

The article recounts the struggle to establish my career, overcome adversity and develop my inner self while making my debut CD titled “A Blue Deeper than the Blue” which won the 1993 Boston Music Award for Best Jazz Recording and numerous Top Ten Best of Year lists. The recording and my experience are both a tribute to the oneness of mentor and disciple as exemplified by Daisaku Ikeda’s poem, “A Blue Deeper than the Blue of the Indigo Plant Itself.”

A quote from Nichiren Daishonin’s writings helps explain this:

“One who practices still more earnestly whenever he hears the teachings of the Lotus Sutra is a true seeker of the Way. When T’ien-t’ai stated, ‘From the indigo, an even deeper blue,’ he meant that something dyed with indigo becomes even bluer than the indigo plant itself. For us the Lotus Sutra is the indigo plant, and the growing intensity of our practice is “an even deeper blue.”

Because of my Buddhist practice as an SGI member and 36 years chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, and my good fortune to have encountered SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in my youth, I have been able to develop and polish my capabilities as an educator, author, composer and jazz guitarist, while encouraging others to strive to accomplish their own dreams.

It’s hard to imagine looking back on that time in 1990-91, that the difficulties and challenges I was facing then would become the causes for victory I now enjoy. Daisaku Ikeda’s visit to Boston and lecture at Harvard University in September of 1991 was an important cause for me to challenge myself and create positive growth for the future. I hope many more youth will have the same opportunity and victory from today onward.

— Garrison




FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012 –8PM @ Outpost 186

•April 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Don’t miss this unique evening of musical couples entwined, intermingled, unwound… JUNK KITCHEN #4









DO YOU DO DUO, TWO? FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012 –8PM @ Outpost 186 186 1/2 Hampshire St. Cambridge, MA $10 suggested donation


In-it-for-the-long-haul: Garrison Fewell and Eric Hofbauer (guitars)

Skinny Vinny (drums and guitar)

second-date: Esther and Shelly (oboe and bassoon)

blind-date: Brian Abbott and Joshua DeScherer (guitar and contra-bass) …and others!

more info:  Junk Kitchen turns armchair psychologist with this one, as its patients will be coming tonight to get things off their chests! Couples tired from the daily grind, frustrated by a flirting affair or just sick of no one paying attention to them will have a chance to vent out in stream-of conscious improvs. Pairs who “just want to make it work” will display their communication skills by hashing out old emotional scars, coming to amends and forging new bonds which will help send them off onto the sunset. And perhaps new partnerships will be sparked, as the series also sets up some worthy singles on blind-date improvisations or gently nudges newly-met duos to keep on playing. In the process JK is going to keep its big mouth shut and take the Freudian approach. It will dim the lights, place fake plants around the room, put up generic pictures of beaches on the walls as patients lying down on a big cold leather couch will have the Doc saddle up next to them with a legal pad and an expensive pen. I can’t guarantee you that its notes won’t be full of doodles though . . . (Co-pay required)

March 23. Piacenza Jazz Festival

•March 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment

New Music Trio with John Tchicai, tenor sax, Susanna Gartmayer, bass clarinet, Garrison Fewell, guitar, etc.


March 21, Trio w/ Attilio Zanchi / Antonio Fusco

•March 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment

People Restaurant Aperitif
Via Putinati
44100 – Ferrara (FE)

March 20: Fermento, Milan. w/ Attilio Zanchi, Antonio Fusco

•March 7, 2012 • 2 Comments

Garrison Fewell Trio @ Fermento, Milan.  Attilio Zanchi, bass + Antonio Fusco, drums.

Folks, I love this trio of like minded spirits and true friends! If you are anywhere near Milan, please join us. I guarantee that we will all find a new pathway to peace this night…. it takes 12 days for the journey from Kamakura to Kyoto. We hope to see you there!

Via Camillo Ugoni n°18 – 20158 – Milano
Per Prenotazioni Tel. 02.87380668


Garrison Fewell and Bruce Gertz duo at Sato II, Thursday May 1st

•February 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Garrison Fewell and Bruce Gertz duo at Sato II on Thursday, May 1st 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Great food, no cover charge.

We’ll be playing tunes…

147 Main St Stoneham, MA 02180
781 438-8786

93 North from Boston  to 128/95 North. Take first exit onto 28 South. See SATO II on right, (yellow sign) after Redstone Shopping Center

New Music Concert Tonight in Boston! 8:00pm

•January 27, 2012 • 1 Comment

I’m playing tonight w/ Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble. We’re the last group so if you can make it later, please join us!

Todd Brunel, clarinets
Garrison Fewell, guitar
Forbes Graham, trumpet
John McLellan, drums

It’s going to be a wonderful night of duos for flute & cello, premiering Charles Turner’s ‘Ancient Places’ (w/ Naomi Gurt Lind, soprano), and Boston premieres of several pieces for solo guitar- most of them written for the performer Aaron Larget-Caplan.  Wrapping up the concert will be a several episodes of spontaneous music from a great collection of Boston area improvisers from the Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble. Led by clarinet master Todd Brunel, the group’s members change from night to night, keeping the music fresh and inspiring. These guys have a solid sense of ensemble, commitment and a passion for improvising toward compositionally minded results. They are sure to be an amazing compliment to the program of formal compositions in the first part of the concert.

Friday January 27, 8pm
Church of the Advent Library
30 Brimmer Street (Beacon Hill)
$10. suggested donation (all proceeds go to the performers!)

Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
Cancion de cuna (2011) by Hayg Boyadjian (b. 1938)

Upward* (2011) by John McDonald (b.1959)

Lullaby in Three Voices by Alan Fletcher

A Child Sings at Thanksgiving (2010) by Demetrius Spaneas (1969)

Summertime by George Gerswhin /arr. Toru Takemitsu

Tracing a wheel on water (2003) by Kevin Siegfried (b. 1969)

Ashley Addington, flute
Rachel Arnold, cello
Naomi Gurt Lind, soprano
“Llef” by Hilary Tann (1988)

“Ancient Places” by Charles Turner (2011)
w/ Naomi Gurt Lind, soprano

“Hacked” by Matt Samolis (2011)

“Mirrors” by Kaija Saariaho (1997)

“Verse I” (Sea Nocturnes) Hafliði Hallgrímsson (b. 1941)
Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble
Todd Brunel, clarinets
Garrison Fewell, guitar
Forbes Graham, trumpet
John McLellan, drums