Saturday, June 20, 2015

Solo, unamplified acoustic set at Teatro de la Psychomachia Friday 6.27.15

An evening of solo excursions from four visionary artists:

Wendy Atkinson is a solo bass-player who explores the low-end world of electric, acoustic and double basses. Her new album, The Last Fret, was released this spring.

Atkinson has performed with reclusive legendary cult figure Jandek in Vancouver. She was included in The Unspeakable, a film about Pacific Northwest artists directed by Clyde Petersen. Her music was twice selected for Art in the Air, an international audio art festival and was included in Sonic Landscapes, a sound art exhibit held in Michigan, along with Mecca Normal and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

"If you’ve heard the bass sound like this before, you’ve probably got rather left-field tastes. And yet Atkinson is an exceptionally friendly experimentalist, certainly not one to be afraid of.” – Alex Varty, Georgia Straight
Rob Millis is a founding member of Climax Golden Twins and AFCGT, a solo artist (releasing recordings as rmillis) and a frequent contributor to the Sublime Frequencies label. His work veers haphazardly between sound art, music concrete, instrumental improv, field recording, song and collage.
Greg Kelley has performed throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Argentina & Mexico at numerous festivals, in clubs, outdoors, in living rooms, in a bank, and at least once on a vibrating floor. He has collaborated with a number of musicians across the globe performing experimental music, free jazz and noise, releasing a number of recordings in the process. He constantly seeks to push the boundaries of the trumpet and of "music."

Bill Horist has established himself as an internationally known improviser/composer/performer in a wide array of genres including rock, jazz, contemporary chamber, avant garde, folk, new music and several subgenres within each. He has appeared on over 70 recordings and has performed well over 1000 concerts throughout North and Central America, Europe, and Japan. Over the past two decades, Bill has collaborated with a long list of notable musicians from around the world. He has toured and recorded with a number of bands including Master Musicians of Bukkake, Nobodaddy, Phineas Gage, Axolotl, UnFolkUs, Zahir, Tablet, Nervewheel, Ghidra, Rollerball and the Paul Rucker Ensemble in addition to extensive solo activity.

Bill has received critical praise from dozens of both local and international periodicals including The Wire, Guitar Player Magazine and Alternative Press. He has also been the recipient of several local and regional grants for his work. In 2012, Bill was quoted and mentioned in a “short list of…individuals who have made notable contributions” to prepared guitar in the book “Nice Noise: Modifications and Preparations for Guitar” by Bart Hopkin and Yuri Landman. In 2005 and 2006, he was nominated for "Jazz Artist of the Year" and "Guitarist of the Year" respectively by the Seattle Weekly.