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October 19th
(Thursday)

Alan Licht
Chris Forsyth





University Lutheran
3637 Chestnut St
8pm; Admission $10-$15

THE EVENT
Bowerbird is pleased to present Alan Licht and Chris Forsyth at UniLu. Guitarist Alan Licht, known as an avant garde, experimental musician, will be performing music from his solo acoustic album Currents.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Born in 1968 and raised in New Jersey, Alan took guitar lessons at the age of ten and went on to play in typical high school cover bands and to study jazz guitar privately with Buck Brown. Enrolling at Vassar College, he studied electronic music with Linda Fisher and composition with Annea Lockwood and Richard Wilson. Relocating to New York City, Alan focused on pursuing free improvisation (with Rudolph Grey's group the Blue Humans and guitarist Loren Mazzacane Connors) as well as indie rock (the bands Love Child and Run On, as well as a brief stint with legendary 60s psychedelic rock band Arthur Lee & Love). He also began developing a repertoire of structured improvisation pieces for solo electric guitar, documented on a series of albums starting with 1994's Sink the Aging Process. These brought together his interests in reharmonization (from jazz and classical music), process, repetition, and extended duration (from Minimalism), and the textural vocabularies of rock and noise music. The albums also include tape pieces and organ works. In 1998 Alan began writing frequently for the British experimental music magazine The WIRE, doing several cover stories and other features. In 2001, he co-founded the ensemble Text of Light with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, a project that brings together free improvisation with screenings of historic examples of experimental cinema. Text of Light emphasizes the chance correspondences between what is happening onscreen and what is happening in the music, as a kind of live, real-time mixed-media collage. Subsequently he has made audiovisual collaborations with video artist and long-time Merce Cunningham associate Charles Atlas and Emmy-winning painter, designer and comics artist Gary Panter, which operated under similar principles. 2002 saw the publication of his first book, An Emotional Memoir of Martha Quinn, an extended personal essay about coming of age as a rock fan and musician. In 2007 Alan’s second book, Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories was published - significant as the first full-length study of sound installations and sound sculpture to be published in English, and the first to examine the genre mainly from an art historical, rather than a quasi-philosophical, viewpoint. In 2010 Alan started a project called Title TK with media artist Cory Archangel and curator Howie Chen. In live appearances they would walk onstage with guitars but never plug them in or play; instead simply talk to each other (mostly about music). These talks are improvised, and to represent a negotiation between spoken and musical languages, underlining the linguistic implications of musical vocabularies and the conversational aspects of group improvisation. More recent activities include recording and touring with Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, an improv trio with Aki Onda and artist/filmmaker Michael Snow, a duo with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, and a book-length interview with Will Oldham, Will Oldham on Bonnie "Prince" Billy (Faber & Faber (UK), W.W. Norton (US), Contra (Spain), 2012).

Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist, composer, and bandleader whose widescreen art-rock, fusing taut compositions and mercurial improvisations, has earned him a reputation as one of the most distinctive and critically acclaimed guitarists working today. In 2013, he assembled The Solar Motel Band, who quickly developed a reputation as an incredible live act, provoking ecstatic comparisons to visionary artists such as Television, The Grateful Dead, Popol Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Richard Thompson. In 2016 he released the double LP The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter) to universal raves. Pitchfork called it "a near-perfect balance between '70s rock tradition and present day experimentation," NPR Music named Forsyth "one of rock's most lyrical improvisors," and the New York Times called him "a scrappy and mystical historian... His music humanizes the element of control in rock classicism (and) turns it into a wooly but disciplined ritual." In addition to Forsyth's work as a solo artist and bandleader, he has been an inveterate collaborator with a diverse range of artists, including singer/songwriter Meg Baird, trumpeter Nate Wooley, analog synthesist Koen Holtkamp, and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez. He is a recipient of a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and resides in Philadelphia.





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