Fri, 26 May 2006
Euphonic Productions presents:
Shaking Ray Levis + Erik Hinds
9pm, Fri, May 26
$5 at the door
290 MLK Jr. Drive, Suite 8
Erik Hinds of Athens, Georgia is a tireless advocate for improvised and the other kind of music. He plays quartertone electric guitar, Big Red harp guitar, and his devil cello: the H'arpeggione, an upright acoustic instrument with 12 sympathetic strings. Erik focuses on the raw sound of his strings in all their microtonal glory; his style blends primitive folk, heavy metal, and sacred musics from around the world into a distinct voice. Erik has played with countless improvisers and performs regularly around the country, to the delight of millions. Erik runs Solponticello Records, looks good in black (the new salmon), and is obsessed with old-school arcade games. His latest album, a solo acoustic H'arpeggione version of Slayer's "Reign In Blood" is out now.
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. Erik Hinds blends primitive folk, heavy metal, and sacred musics from around the world into a distinct voice. He has in the past year been a very active third member of the Shaking Ray Levis, with all three pushing each other into new and more open avenues.
Jeff Bradley: double bass
Scott Burland: lap steel guitar, theremin
Robert Cheatham: saxophones, keyboard, voice
Robert Hulihan: electronics, guitar, voice
Milton Jones: percussion
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