If you read the credits on some of the most innovative and influential alternative music albums of the past 40 years, you’re likely to find Adrian Belew’s name there. Repeatedly. The guitarist, hand-picked by Frank Zappa for his band in the later ’70s, has added his inimitable guitar playing and distinctive singing to seminal works by David Bowie, Talking Heads, King Crimson and Nine Inch Nails. Belew also has maintained a consistently pleasing solo career throughout, crafting music that runs the gamut from the avant-garde to hyperaccessible power-pop.
Though not involved in the current touring version of Robert Fripp’s King Crimson, Belew still celebrates the timeless music he helped to craft during one of Crimson’s most creative periods, as a member of the Crimson Projekt, and to a lesser extent, with his own Adrian Belew Power Trio.
He’s also poised to launch a music app of his own design, FLUX, a computer/phone application designed to provide instant cut-and-paste methodology to music files. It will allow pieces of musical information to be rearranged and shuffled in endless random fashions, so that no single piece composition will present itself in the same fashion twice. “Anyone with imagination will dig this,” Belew told Philly.com last week. Which is exactly what can be said about Belew’s music.
Belew and the Power Trio performs at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $25-$32 (box office, Ticketmaster).
– Jeff Miers