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Concert - Susan Alcorn, Sahba Sizdahkani, Primoz Sukic

Maplehouse Collective presents...
Thursday May 11, doors at 730, music at 8 sharp. $10 donation requested

One of the world’s premiere musical innovators on her instrument, Baltimore-based Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Known among steel guitarists for her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Alcorn first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands.   Soon she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of modern classical music (Messiaen, Varèse, Penderecki), the deep listening of Pauline Oliveros, Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango, free jazz, and world musics (Indian rags, South American songs, and gamelan orchestra). Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression.   The UK Guardian describes her music as "beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from pulse and conventional harmony."

Sahba Sizdahkhani grew up a jazz drummer and has played with Peter Brotzmann, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Mary Halvorson, Eli Keszler, Marc Ribot, Sophia Knapp, Beauty Pill, Devendra Banhart, and many more. He has recorded with bands on the imprints of Dischord Records, Southern Lord, and Drag City. Recently he launched his solo identity where he primarily plays 104-string custom Persian santour.

Primoz Sukic -  Slovenian guitarist currently living & worrking in Brussells, Belgium.
"After my first solo CD release entitled “Splitting”, released by the Slovenian label Zavod Sploh, in November 2016, which mainly features guitar work by others, I decided to create a set which questions the boundaries of improvisation, artificial intelligence, and the perception of the guitar sound. Through preparation of the instrument, responding to self generated material that is being processed and fed back by the computer, and recycling the musical material of my Splitting album, by transforming it into another, an often not anymore recognizable reality, the music co-exists with the visuals created in collaboration with visual artist Marko Vivoda."