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SANDY EWEN + BLAKE CONLEY + FOSCO + RACHEL THODE TRIO + KEELING + PAPE
Sandy Ewen is an experimental guitarist, artist and architect who has recently relocated to NYC from Houston, TX. She has performed extensively in 2018, including at the Sant’anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Experimental Sound Studio Option Series and the High Zero Festival. Sandy spent much of 2017 performing solo sets and in collaboration with Steve Jansen (tapes and electronics) and Maria Chavez (turntables) around Europe. Her other current projects include the trio Etched in the Eye, a duo with Tom Carter called Spiderwebs, the trio Garden medium, and ongoing collaborations with percussionist Weasel Walter and bassist Damon Smith. In years past, Ewen has performed alongside Roscoe Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Lydia Lunch and many others, and has performed and recorded with Jaap Blonk, Henry Kaiser and more. In 2014 she performed at San Francisco’s 13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, and she has made several appearances at Austin’s annual No Idea Festival. Ewen’s approach to playing is centered around found objects and extended guitar techniques.
“Like Keith Rowe and Kevin Drumm, Ewen plays an electric guitar that is laid flat before her. But one doesn’t get the impression that she is layering artistic and historical codes like Rowe or plumbing every identifiable extreme like Drumm. Rather, she seems to want to hear what a guitar can do when it is free of expectations. So while you won’t hear any conventional strumming or picking on this album’s six numbered tracks, the sounds that she does extract are imbued with an essential guitarness.
A gentle touch and prodigious amplification allows tiny string sounds to prick and stab, and for the vibration of air confined within the guitar’s body to swell like a looming thunderhead of feedback. Even the moments where Ewen gets physically busy to create a particular sonic environment, and there are moments on Tributaries where she gives the strings quite a scrubbing, evolve patiently. And why not? Even more than in one of the destination burgs, when you play free music in a place like Houston it’s because it’s what you want to do. So why rush anything?”
-Bill Meyer, dusted magazine
Blake Edward Conley (Louisville resident, of droneroom and several other ventures)+Pete Fosco on dueling electric guitars will be joined for the first time by percussionist Rachel Thode of cincinnati shoegaze heroes Slow Glows for a blown-out free improv psychedelic sunset ride into the deepest parts of your scrambled cabbage brain. it’s 2019, you didn’t need it anyway. enjoy.
Nick Keeling (8-track tape loops plus piano)+signal wizard Fritz Pape first ever duo collaboration
“Fritz Pape (fka Zijnzijn Zijnzijn!) explores the process of auditory growth and decay from whispered drones through digital corruption, utilizing a swath of guitar pedals, synthesizers and other sound-making devices. A deep dive through tiny crevasses of sound, stretched into gentle infinity.”