Euphonic Productions presents:
Shaking Ray Levis
9pm, Sat, Oct 4
See the poster.
Experimental guitarist and writer Alan Licht first got his start as a member of such outfits as Blue Humans, Love Child, and Run On, as his playing style has been likened as a combination of free jazz ( Derek Bailey ) and minimalism ( LaMonte Young ). Since the mid-'90s, Licht
has been issuing solo albums on a regular basis (on several different record labels) -- 1995's Sink the Aging Process , a whopping three releases in 1996 alone (Two Nights, Live in New York City, and The Evan Dando of Noise), plus 1999's Rabbi Sky.
He has also performed and recorded with Loren Mazzacane Connors, Thurston Moore, Kevin Drumm, Lee Ranaldo, William Hooker, Rudolph Grey, Wharton Tiers, KK Null, Tara Key, Brokeback, et al...
Alan Licht regularly contributes to The Wire and Time Out New York, and Drag City recently published his book: "An Emotional Memoir of Martha Quinn". A Cappella Books in Little Five Points will host a reading and book signing at 7pm on Sunday, Oct 5.
Also at 7pm on Mon, Oct. 6, he will be reading from his book at the X-Ray Cafe in Athens. There will be a brief opening set of improvised music by local sound/noisemakers Craig Lieske, Tony Evans and Marshall Marrotte. Please call 706.354.1154 for additional info...
A recent interview with Alan Licht appears at:
Shaking Ray Levis
The Shaking Ray Levis is an ongoing collaboration of musicians with a common interest in improvisation. The project was conceived and led by the Chattanooga-based team of Dennis J. Palmer and Bob Stagner . They use storytelling, synthesizers, samplers and percussion to achieve their distinctive sound. They are the first American group to have recorded for Incus Records, the record label of British free improvisational guitarist Derek Bailey. Additionally, they have performed and recorded with John Zorn, David Greenberger, Fred Frith, Min Tanaka, Amy Denio, and Derek Bailey , as well as with many other critically acclaimed artists.
The Levi Duo has performed internationally on the BBC, at Quebec's International Festival de Musique Accturelle, Newfoundland's Sound Symposium, London's Company Week, and Denver's ReThink Conference. Palmer has the distinction of being invited to play at Company Week in 1988 and the final one in 1994. Furthermore, their educational outreach program has been presented in many public schools and malls throughout the U.S. The Duo has been awarded grants by the British Arts Council, Meet the Composer and several regional organizations. Incus released the Duo's first and second CD's, "False Prophets or Dang Good Guessers" in 1993 and "Short in the U.K." in 1997 with drummer Roger Turner and keyboardist Steve Beresford. Although they are on many compilations, their first and only vinyl release is a quintet with Borbetomagus, a release which features Palmer's artwork on a limited edition picture disc. Their most recent CD, "Boss Witch", features collaborations with J.D. Parran, Davey Williams, Frank Pahl , Mary Richards, and Steve Beresford .
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