May 9 Concert

Monday May 9th: Beauty and Noise

Electronic frontiers, sonic rapture, wild, mysterious textures rarely imagined

May-9-collageFEATURING: David Torn, Dither Guitar Duo, Elliot Sharp, Anthony Pirog, Ben Monder, and Patrick Higgins

These artists represent the guitar’s enormous range, beyond style or genre. All these brilliant players will push past any perceived limits of the instrument with mind, heart, and soul. Tonight’s program brings together six acts that we expect will leave listeners with the following thought: “I can’t believe the guitar could do that. Incredible…beautiful… weird…”

Monday May 9th // 7PM
National Sawdust Brooklyn // $25
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY

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David Torn: ECM artist, film composer, texturalist, producer, Torn counts collaborations with David Bowie, Tim Berne, Laurie Anderson, and Jeff Beck among his musical adventures. This is a rare NYC appearance of his solo work.

Elliot Sharp: A central figure in experimental guitar music for forty years, he has worked with a dizzying assortment of people, including Hubert Sumlin, Sonny Sharrock, Kronos Quartet, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Anthony Pirog: A relative newcomer, Pirog has quickly become one of the curator’s favorite players. The Washington, D.C. native evinces a combination of atmospheric experimentalism, tuneful beauty, and raw Telecaster blues sounds. He will perform with drummer Allison Miller and bassist Michael Formanek.

Dither Guitar Duo: Two members of the acclaimed electric guitar quartet, Dither, Gyan Riley and Taylor Levine will perform newly composed work for this occasion.

Patrick Higgins: The New Yorker described Higgins as “one of the prime movers of the local avant-garde.” Higgins will perform a through-composed solo set with two laptops and an arsenal of effects.

Ben Monder: An ECM artist equally at home in ethereal sonic structures, solo guitar viruosity, and jazz standards, Ben Monder has performed with iconic drummer Paul Motian, the singer Theo Bleckmann, and on the late David Bowie’s final album Blackstar He’ll perform with drummer Nasheet Waits.