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Concert: Wendy Eisenberg+Shane Parish / Memory Dregs / Anthony Pirog+Jarrett Gilgore

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Tuesday August 13 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

WENDY EISEENBERG and SHANE PARISH are two sides of the same wishbone. Both inventive, spiny guitarists with deep roots in all genres, both veterans of critically acclaimed experimental rock bands, both published in Arcana VIII: Musicians on Music, edited by John Zorn (2017). They only just met in March 2018, while Wendy was on tour in Asheville. Hours after meeting, they recorded Nervous Systems (Verses Records 2019), a collection of radical standard-tuning guitar improvisations that explode the capacity of the instrument to accommodate fingers, pushing harmolodic boundaries, and displaying an uncanny psychic interplay that seems to evidence the fatefulness of this encounter. The music is confrontational and fluid, unapologetic and sensitive, contemporary, classical, polyrhythmic, folky, jazzy, shreddy, and punk as fuck. How fortuitous!

MEMORY DREGS The trio of Alexander Adams, Alexander Maerbach, & Rush Falknor. A tripped-out guitar/drums/alto sax ruckus that scrapes the nerves itching to twitch. Battery work pummels us along with scraping guitar razorsharp gashes as fully automatic saxophone rips through - the pitch-shifts and the breath spirals into the void; atmospheric, consuming, suffocating. Psychedelic Fire Music.

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.