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Concert: Isasa / Magic Tuber String Band / Michael R. Bernstein


Wednesday August 21 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Is@s@ (born to Uruguayan parents in Spain) is a guitarist and composer based in Madrid. He has been an active member of the city’s underground music scene since the early 90’s. He has performed throughout Spain, Portugal and UK as a solo artist, as well as a member of the Spanish band A Room with a View (1997-2003).

Strongly inspired by the American Primitive guitarists – John Fahey, Glenn Jones and Jack Rose – Is@s@ plays acoustic guitar and weissenborn in an organic, serene and meditative style. His music is a relaxed and unhurried experience for the listener. It projects a spiritual and twilight beauty. Is@s@ has shared bills with performers including Glenn Jones, Geoff Farina, Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachman, Will Johnson (Centromatic), Sir Richard Bishop, Micah Blue Smaldone, Marisa Anderson, Norberto Lobo, White Magic and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.

Magic Tuber Stringband is an experimental old-time-related duo from Durham, NC comprised of Courtney Werner on fiddle and Evan Morgan on guitar and banjo. The duo forges links between the dialects of traditional tunes and freak-folk improvisations. MTSB will release their debut record Wayward Airs for Earthbound Vagrants in July 2019 on Houston-based label Blue Hole Recordings. The record swings back and forth across the boundaries between traditional and exploratory song forms, often within the space of a song.

Past collaborations between Werner and Morgan include the experimental short film LOST CHILD REEL in which Werner appears playing the Stripling Brothers' "Lost Child" and the the 16mm multi-projector performance PERFORMANCE FOR FIDDLE AND PROJECTORS which imagines a new form of musicological documentary rooted in live performance.

Morgan's debut solo guitar record Between the World and Small Things was released on Blue Hole in 2018. Along with his solo work, Morgan has also performed with the old-time group The Fossil Lickers and also works within the world of experimental film. Werner has worked around the country and the world in the fields of wildlife rehabilitation and conservation.

Michael R. Bernstein is a Takoma Park, MD based sound organizer. Stints in Double Leopards, Religious Knives, and Abstract Human have prepared him for, well, not sure exactly. Expect synthesizers, samples, and beats.