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Concert: Desertion Trio / Anthony Pirog/ Alex Henry+Nate Scheible


Saturday April 27 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

DESERTION TRIO is the creation of guitarist/composer Nick Millevoi (Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band, John Zorn, Nels Cline). The band fearlessly explores the history of instrumental electric guitar music and throws it in a blender, creating an explosion of jazz, psychedelic blues, surf music, and country rock instrumentals. Noisey described the band’s sound as “supremely weird desert noir,” and NPR Music said the band “hits the sweet spot between Neil Young's exploratory Crazy Horse jams and a spaghetti western soundtrack.”

Desertion Trio features bassist Johnny DeBlase - Millevoi’s former bandmate in Many Arms (Tzadik) - and drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Talibam!). The band formed after the release of Millevoi’s 2016’s Desertion album on the Clean Feed label’s Shhpuma imprint. Desertion featured DeBlase as well as Jamie Saft (John Zorn, Bad Brains) on keyboards and drummer Ches Smith (Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil). In 2018, Shhpuma released Desertion Trio’s debut, Midtown Tilt, with featured guest Jamie Saft. Bandcamp Daily praised the trio’s “rapid fire chemistry,” Aquarium Drunkard called the record a “nonstop instrumental thrill-ride,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer described it as a “traffic-stopping, multi-genre pileup,” while Downbeat chose it as an Editor’s Pick.

In April 2019, Long Song Records will release Twilight Time, which finds the band taking on covers of songs from the 1950s and 60s, assisted by vocalist Tara Middleton (Sun Ra Arkestra) and keyboard wiz Ron Stabinsky (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Meat Puppets).

"This is a fine album, lush, diverse and filled with texture--but notably grounded in musicality, structured as an album, and a continuous piece of content. It’s very good, and it sounds like the work of one highly skilled player whose muse is taking him to that special place where genre classifications have no meaning. You’ll like it if you hear it, so maybe you should." – Rolling Stone

"One of jazz’s most reliable conduits to a living, breathing audience is electric-guitar heroism, and Anthony Pirog, from Washington, who has built great chops and technique while remaining fairly little known, seems poised to become a hero of the instrument." – The New York Times

ALEX HENRY/NATE SCHEIBLE were a longstanding sax and drum free improvisation duo in Cleveland until Nate moved to DC in 2012. They will revisit this collaboration for the first time in five years and find out what each other has been up to since playing together on the regular.