Friday April 27th 8PM $10
The starting point of Paul Metzger’s music is usually an instrument that he’s customized (his sitarlike 23-string banjo) or invented (his “spontaneous composition generator,” which is basically a painter’s box full of 37 altered music-box cylinders). Their novelty isn’t an end in itself, but rather an avenue to opportunity; the native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, wants to be surprised by his own music, and by including unfamiliar or random elements, he helps that happen.
Guitarist, thereminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is a musical enigma of the best kind. At the root of his playing is something akin to traditional stride, but rich with quivering whammy bar wobble and shimmering feedback. He often plays the tailfin strings of his archtop like one would play harmonics, or retunes seamlessly mid-stream to create a shifting temperament across the length of a piece. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey and Loren Mazzacane-Connors can be heard here, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He will sing otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself fingerpicking, or will throw modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.
Huda & Kamyar هدى وكاميار
A Palestinian oud player and an Irani Daf player meet in Washington DC. A mystical journey and an exploration of region's rich musical repertoire begins. The duo delves into the universe of Mashriq rhythms to create a transcending musical dialogue, influenced by the zaar, sufi thikr and more.
Pony Moon is the convergence of Jenny Moon Tucker (Twilight Memories of The Three Suns) and Pony Payroll Bones (Hubcap City (from Belgium), Pony Blood). Violent Psychedelic Music eternal drone. A duo with occasional guests. Everything is fluid. The river finds the ocean and the Ocean always rains into the river. Violin (s), Saxophones, Electronics, broken instruments, Found Percussion