Wednesday July 28th
ESP RECORDS In-Store Concert Series @ 990 Bedford Avenue
~ FREE ~
Gunter Hampel: Art of the Solo Performance (ESP 1042)
vibraphone, bass clarinet, flute
More About Chris Forsyth:
Chris Forsyth is known for hypnotic compositions and solo performances on 6 and 12 string guitars that assimilate minimalism and psychedelia with art rock, folk, and blues influences. He has performed widely in Europe and the US, having toured with artists as Träd Gräs och Stenar, Steve Gunn, Ignatz, and Es. He is one of the founding members of gothic junk folk expressionists Peeesseye, and a member of the group Phantom Limb & Bison. Other notable collaborators have included guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, trumpeter Nate Wooley, singer and songwriter Meg Baird, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin. He released his most recent solo LP, Dreams, in September 2009 on Evolving Ear and it quickly went out of print. Other recent and upcoming releases include the Dirty Pool LP (Ultramarine) with Farfisa organist Shawn Edward Hansen, and a long list of Peeesseye projects. Forsyth’s next solo LP, titled Paranoid Cat will feature contributions from members of Peeesseye and will be out in fall 2010.
More About Meg Baird:
“Meg Baird is an American musician who comes from New Jersey and who is currently based in Philadelphia. Her vocal style has often been compared to that of Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny and Pentangle’s Jacqui McShee. She was greatly influenced by appalachian mountain music, contemporary outsider folk and Library of Congress recordings of her famous great uncle, I.G. Greer.
She is best known as a founding member and lead female vocalist for the band Espers but Baird released in 2007 her first solo LP Dear Companion on Drag City. She has also collaborated with sister Laura in The Baird Sisters, and appeared as a backing vocalist on Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy’s 2007 EP Ask Forgiveness. As a solo artist, she has toured with lots of artists inluding Bert Jansch, James Blackshaw, Micah Smaldone and Sharron Kraus.”
More about Gunter Hampel:
Gunter Hampel (vibraphone, bass clarinet, flute) is a German musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, and owner of Birth records. His first US release was Music from Europe on ESP-Disk’ in 1966 (ESP 1042). He is still very active today touring heavily and releases CDrs and DVDs. Gunter is the July Artist-in-Residence for ESP-Disk’. He will perform at the First Annual Albert Ayler Festival (July 10), the Bowery Poetry Club (July 20), and ESP Records (July 28).