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Concert: Shane Parish, Anthony Pirog/Jarrett Gilgore, Ambience for the Eye

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Thursday October 4 * 8pm * $10 suggested

"A long time resident of the Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina, SHANE PARISH is the mastermind behind the cutting edge rock band Ahleuchatistas. Here he steps out with a remarkable and soulful acoustic solo project that digs deep into Appalachian roots. Taking classic old timey folk songs, Shane has abstracted them in utterly fascinating ways evoking the haunting and brooding world of the American South. At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, at times boiling them down to their very essence. A spiritual project that will keep you riveted from first note to last." - John Zorn  

ANTHONY PIROG is making his mark on the guitar playing universe, one sonically enthralling, diversely influenced project after another. From his work on Janel and Anthony's “Where is Home," described in Guitar Player Magazine as “approachable experimentalism," to what AllMusic described as “pristinely executed rock guitar solos" with Skysaw, Anthony displays a “crystalline tone that’s immediately recognizable as his own" in his ever-evolving conception of how a guitar can sound. Anthony has played with musicians across a wide spectrum of styles and genres. He has performed with renowned avant jazzers such as Henry Kaiser, Elliot Sharp, Michael Formanek, Ches Smith, Mary Halvorson, William Hooker, William Parker, Eyvind Kang, Skuli Sverrisson, Allison Miller, Jon Irabagon, Doug Weiselman, Susan Alcorn, Dave Ballou, Andrew Bishop, Balázs Pándi, Gino Robair, Tatsuya Nakatani, James Brandon Lewis, Jessika Kenney and played in myriad jazz, electronic and improvisational groups up and down the East Coast. Seemingly able to master any convention he chooses to adopt and more than capable of developing and adapting his own, Anthony Pirog challenges our preconceived notions about genre and guitar sound. JARRETT GILGORE (b. 1992) is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and educator currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland. He primarily plays saxophone. He performs actively in the U.S.A. and internationally in a wide variety of contexts. New projects in 2017 include duos with Anthony Pirog, Anna RG, and Baltimore poet, Anna K Crooks, and a new trio with Zach Rowden and Ian McColm.  He is a member of Heart of the Ghost with Luke Stewart and Ian McColm, Triage, Anthony Pirog's Body Puzzle, Xenga. Baltimore Afrobeat Society, Chris Pumphrey Sextet, Jaimie Branch's Bombshelter. He has performed/recorded with many amazing musicians including Jaimie Branch,Tony Malaby, Tashi Dorji, Lonnie Holley, Susan Alcorn, Michael Formanek, and bands such as Anna & Elizabeth, Dan Deacon, Cass McCombs Band, and Rubblebucket.

AMBIENCE FOR THE EYE - visual improvisations by Monica Stroik accompanied by Doug Kallmeyer on tenor bass

Monica Stroik is a multimedia artist from the mid eastern United States. Disciplines include paint, silversmithing, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, encaustics, photography, live performance in voice and instrumentation, in physical as well as digital platforms (photo, video, animation, and video mapping technologies). After special studies programs (SACI, Florence Italy and SVA, New York City ) and graduating with an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2013, her work has been featured in local galleries, international embassies, and commissioned for private collections as well as large corporate installations. She does custom album artwork and heads the art department for Verses Records, an independent label collective. She has provided visual design and projections for many live, local dc musical groups including Tone, Super! Silver! Haze!, Huda Asfour, and The Mantis, in venues ranging from small rock clubs to the Kennedy Center for the Arts. In “Ambience for the Eye”, Stroik utilizes electronics to meld visual and auditory elements throughout spacious, etherial multi media arrangements.

Douglas Kallmeyer is a musician and sound designer/ mix engineer, whose attention to sonic detail has afforded him opportunities to work and tour internationally with notable artists including Blonde Redhead, Shellac, Phanotgram, Big Boi, and many more. “Where technology and artistic media meet has always been a central driving force behind this, initially sparked by large scale bass amplification experiments and immersion in sound system culture where the mixing console is utilized as an instrument”. As a performer, there is a plethora of projects based on further experimentation in collaborative efforts with a host of local dc area musicians, most recently with Brendan Canty (Super! Silver! Haze!) and notably heading his mid- 2000’s proto-electronic group 302 acid (Emit records): “The swelling, sustaining tones of Douglas Kallmeyer’s electric double bass- sometimes bowed, sometimes plucked, always heavily treated- underpin most of these pieces. This unstinting flow of low frequency tones serves as a rich, loamy subsoil in which the rest of the music takes root. And it’s a finely calibrated dub sensibility that holds everything in place, a tuned understanding of when to drop the fader and let some space into the mix.” ~Chris Sharp, The Wire- Adventures in Modern Music