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Concert: Gardener / Analog Tara / Aaron Leitko / Dura

Wednesday August 28 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Under the name Gardener, Richmond, VA-based Dash Lewis uses a modular synthesizer, effects pedals, and his own voice to create intricately layered, rhythmically complex slabs of trance-inducing psychedelia, weaving looped vocal passages into thick, textured drones. Deeply influenced by German kosmiche music of the 1970s, mid-career Beach Boys, and spiritual jazz, Lewis’s interest lies in the organic interplay between electronics and the human voice. With Gardener, he works to meld seemingly disparate elements into a single instrument. A frequent performer, Lewis has toured with The War on Drugs, Meg Mulhearn (Divine Circles, U.S. Christmas), Gull, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Fred Thomas, Benoit Pioulard, Jeff Zeigler, Mary Lattimore, Tashi Dorji, Mind Over Mirrors, and many more.

Analog Tara (Tara Rodgers) has had a wide-ranging career as a multi-instrumentalist composer and music scholar over the last 20 years. She is the author of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (2010) and numerous essays on the history of sound and synthesizers. Recent performances include MUTEK (Montreal), Crosstown Arts (Memphis), and Sonic Circuits (DC). Her recent techno EP, Fundamentals (1432 R), has been called “warm and immersive” (Resident Advisor) and “bold in the precision and subtlety it takes to mix such signals with thrill and grace and restraint” (NPR Music). Her live performances combine analog sound sources into vibrant atmospheres.

Aaron Leitko is the co-founder of Washington, D.C. duo Protect-U, who have released records on Future Times, Planet Mu, 1432R. Solo, he performs using a modular synthesizer, improvising dense and percussive compositions meant to evoke the alien energy of electro and the occult of nature.

Dura is the ambient, low listening project of Mattson Ogg that blends natural guitar sounds, textures and other vibrations. The latest release 'Reverberation Hymns' meditates place as the world moves by. Out now via Garden Portal: