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Shane Parish & Wendy Eisenberg
Barking Legs Theater
Chattanooga, TN
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Shane Parish & Wendy Eisenberg
CoPAC and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present
WENDY EISENBERG
SHANE PARISH (of Ahleuchatistas)
with special guests Evan Lipson and Bob Stagner

Thursday, August 8, 7:30 pm
$15 ($10 for age 25 and under) at the door
Barking Legs Theater (barkinglegs.org)
1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Wendy Eisenberg and Shane Parish are two sides of the same wishbone. Both inventive, spiny guitarists with deep roots in all genres, both veterans of critically acclaimed experimental rock bands, both published in "Arcana VIII: Musicians on Music," edited by John Zorn (2017). They only just met in March 2018, while Wendy was on tour in Asheville. Hours after meeting, they recorded "Nervous Systems," a collection of radical standard-tuning guitar improvisations that explode the capacity of the instrument to accommodate fingers, pushing harmolodic boundaries, and displaying an uncanny psychic interplay that seems to evidence the fatefulness of this encounter.

As an acoustic soloist, Shane Parish creatively interprets and deconstructs folk music and jazz tunes, plays original cutting-edge poly-rhythmic and contrapuntal works, and transforms the instrument, via preparations and detuning, into a mini-percussion ensemble, banging out pulsating rhythmic trances reminiscent of John Cage's prepared solo piano works. Parish is also known as the guitarist for the celebrated, intense avant-rock band Ahleuchatistas. Parish's 2016 collection of folk interpretations Undertaker Please Drive Slow (Tzadik Records) was described by composer John Zorn as "reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, at times boiling them down to their very essence. A spiritual project that will keep you riveted from first note to last.

"Shane Parish is one of the most interesting new guitar voices to come out of the country blues tradition of Mississippi John Hurt, Lightin Hopkins via John Fahey, and the folkie fingerpickers.this recording finds Parish standing at the cross-roads between playing the country blues and deconstructing? Devolving? Destroying?them. Some of the miniatures are stunning, haunted by an Anton Webern-like economy. Check it out!"  Marc Ribot

Wendy Eisenberg is an improvising guitarist, banjo-player, vocalist and poet. Using the languages of free jazz, new music, metal and art song, her music challenges the representational and technical demands placed on a guitar and a banjo in contemporary music. She has two solo careers: improviser/composer, and songwriter. Both Wendy's album Its Shape Is Your Touch and the album from her trio The Machinic Unconscious with Ches Smith and Trevor Dunn made Billboards Critics Choice Top Ten Jazz Records 2018 year end list, and received features and attention from NPR and National Sawdust. Her acclaimed band Birthing Hips was described by NPR as brainy, noisy punk based in sonic adventure, technical mastery, and rejection of the status quo and has created soundtrack work for the scientific projects of MIT Media Lab fellow and scientist-artist Ani Liu.

She can play with the scattershot ferocity of a cobra striking the neck of her 1989 Japanese Jazzmaster, or as contemplative and meandering as an acoustic instrumental plucked by a fireplace inside an old Upstate, NY hostel. And with two fantastic albums, former Birthing Hips guitarist Wendy Eisenberg emphasizes both sides of her style.   Ron Hart, Billboard

Bob Stagner has been a percussionist, teacher, speaker, and leader in arts advocacy for over thirty years. He co-founded the duo the Shaking Ray Levis, as well as the Shaking Ray Levi Society, an arts education organization that supports emerging artists in performance, visual art, and film. Stagner is the Southeast director of the Rhythmic Arts Project providing music workshops for people with disabilities. He has performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians, including Derek Bailey, Rev. Howard Finster, Wayne White, Bob Dorough, Vassar Clements, June Carter Cash, Tony Oxley, Fred Frith, Amy Denio, Shelley Hirsch, Col. Bruce Hampton, John Zorn, and Roger Alan Wade (with whom he tours regularly).

Evan Lipson tours with Roughhousing (featuring Jack Wright and Zach Darrup). Past units include Normal Love, Satanized, Wrest, Dynamite Club, Psychotic Quartet, Femme Tops, and the Weasel Walter Trio. He has collaborated in performance and on recordings with, among others, Susan Alcorn, Mick Barr, Kath Bloom, Peter Evans, David Grubbs, Col. Bruce Hampton, Mary Halvorson, Konk Pack, Byard Lancaster, Pauline Oliveros, Jessica Pavone, Ruins (Yoshida Tatsuya), Shaking Ray Levis, Veryan Weston, Wolter Wierbos, Davey Williams, and Nate Wooley.

Location

Barking Legs Theater (View)
1307 Dodds Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
United States

Categories

Music > Ambient
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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