Haunted House + Che Chen & Robbie Lee
Haunted House played at Tonic, the Cooler, Brownies and other venues in the late 1990s, until one of its band members moved away. The band was comprised of avant blues guitarist Loren Connors, vocalist/lyricist Suzanne Langille, avant guitarist Andrew Burnes (of San Agustin) and Neel Murgai (soundtrack for "The Yes Men Fix the World") on the daf. They re-unite for this performance, after roughly a 10-year hiatus. Simon Hopkins in Motion Reviews writes: "There's something extraordinarily alien about the blues that all the 'rootsy' marketing in the world can't deny. Loren MazzaCane Connors is one of a handful of musicians helping his audience rediscover that other worldliness, and seldom has he done so with more clarity than here, as single blues phrases are seemingly extended across minutes rather than bars. Langille's ethereal voice adds to the tension and exoticism, Murgai's daf perhaps even more so. Meanwhile, Burnes's guitar is the perfect foil for LMCs."
Che Chen is a sound and graphic artist based in Brooklyn, New York. As a solo performer, Che uses stringed, wind, reed and percussion instruments, reel to reel tape machines, oscillators and other musical and "non-musical" objects in works that explore his interests in perceptual phenomena and folk music traditions from around the world. Che's current performances utilize acoustic and electronic sound sources placed in various locations around the performance area in order to explore the phenomena of difference tones (closely tuned pitches that result in beating patterns), phasing, repetition, decay, the spacialisation of sounds, and the structural relationship between "audience" and "performer". Che also plays in a duo with multi-instrumentalist, Robbie Lee, in Jozef Van Wissem's Heresy of the Free Spirita trio that plays arrangements of Van Wissem's lute pieces as well as free improvisationsand in True Primes, his duo with singer/percussionist, Rolyn Hu. As an anthologist, he has produced the private press artists' magazine, O Sirhan, O Sirhan, a publication inspired by Wallace Berman's Semina, Aspen Journal and the Fluxus design work of George Maciunas, and Attention Patterns, a 2 LP + booklet set featuring Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue, Yoshi Wada and Sun Circle.
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