By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Guitarist Jeff Pevar is bringing an “all-star ensemble” to celebrate the music of Pink Floyd with the supergroup the Gilmour Project. “It’s not a tribute band,” he says. “That’s not to say that we don’t play this music and tip the hat toward the iconic history and compositional sense of Pink Floyd.
“We take liberties with the music and turn it into a bit of our own interpretation. It’s an interpretive ensemble.”
The Gilmour Project will play its first Phoenix show on Friday, February 4, at the Celebrity Theatre.
Pevar is excited about the musicians with whom he gets to play. He has performed with Crosby, Stills & Nash; Phil Lesh and Friends; Ray Charles and Bette Midler.
Bassist Kasim Sulton has hit the stage with Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Hall & Oates and Blue Oyster Cult.
Drummer and Tubes co-founder Prairie Prince has also hit the skins with Rundgren and Jefferson Starship.
Guitarist/singer Mark Karan is best known for his work with Grateful Dead, in RatDog, the Other Ones, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, and Phil Lesh and Friends.
The Gilmour Project is rounded out with Scott Guberman, who plays keyboards and sings.
“It’s a wonderful combination of characters who all are artists in their own right,” Pevar says. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to honor this iconic music, and it’s such a celebration — the 50th anniversary of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon.’
“We’re playing that as well as other chestnuts from the Pink Floyd and David Gilmour repertoire.”
Pevar had the chance to meet Gilmour when he was touring with David Crosby and the Pink Floyd singer/guitarist attended the show in London.
“I’ve been in a lot of bands where I’ve been in the position to have an opportunity to be influenced by all these incredible guitar players,” he says.
“David Gilmour’s guitar solos are so iconic and beautiful. We will be improvising and taking liberties with the music uniquely every night we play. That way it’s fresh and a new experience not only for the musicians but the crowds as well.”
The Gilmour Project
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, February 4
WHERE: Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix
COST: Tickets start at $30