Thu, 10 March 2005
Euphonic Productions presents:
Trevor Dunn & Shelley Burgon
plus special guests
Lie & Swell
9pm, Thurs, March 10
$7 at the door
290 MLK Jr. Drive, Suite 8
Eyedrum's programming is supported in part by the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs
Shelley Burgon - pedal harp
Trevor Dunn - contrabass
This unique, totally acoustic duo of bass and harp have been a part of the downtown music scene in New York City since 2001, playing venues such as Tonic, Barbes, The Issue Project Room andThe Brooklyn Conservatory. Their repertoire consists of both strictly notated compositions as well as purely improvised music---a repertoire that walks the line between chamber music and extended technique. Utilizing instruments that are typically buried by thick orchestration, Burgon and Dunn make the most of their distinct setting by exploring subtle and sometimes barely audible properties of sound. Their dynamic range is as vast as their sonic palette. Between haunting, minor melodies one may hear bass strings played with mallets and harp strings pummeled with a metal rod.
In the Summer of 2004 the duo toured the North East U.S playing venues from Portland, ME to Hampton, VA. Later, in the Fall, they toured the West Coast appearing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, BC and the Oregon Festival of American Music in Eugene. In December the duo performed world premiers of pieces from John Zorn's Masada: Book Two in NYC. They have plans to release a recording in 2005.
Shelley Burgon Originally from San Francisco Shelley relocated to New York in 2002. Since her move Shelley has performed with John Zorn (Music for films by Joseph Cornell),a quartet with Chris Speed, Ikue Mori and Skuli Sverrisson, Tin Hat Trio, Marina Rosenfeld and Raz Mesanai. In November 2003 she was a part of the Ravished Limbs Improvised Music Festival where she shared the stage with Jim Black and Okkyung Lee.
Shelley has recorded and performed with the following projects; Eyvind Kang's early music project of Atalanta Fugiens by Michael Maier, a quintet interpreting the American Jazz Songbook with saxophonist Jackson Moore and trumpeter Nate Wooley, and in a large ensemble of downtown New York musicians led by drummer Kenny Wolleson with music by various living composers and conduction by Butch Morris.
Shelley received her MFA from Mills College where she studied and performed with with Alvin Curran, Chris Brown, Maggie Payne, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Maryanne Amacher, William Winant, Jean Jerome along with many others. Shelley has developed a unique solo project processing her harp using the computer software Supercollider. Exploiting the wide dynamic and harmonic range of her instrument, her digital processing comes to life in quadrophonic spatialization. She recently performed solo at Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Space in Kingston, NY.
Trevor Dunn known for his involvement in avant-rock bands Mr. Bungle and Fantomas, has recently been playing with John Zorn's Electric Masada, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, Susie Ibarra, Marc Ribot and Jenny Scheinman. He can be heard on over forty recordings including his own Trio-Convulsant whose new CD "Sister Phanom Owl Fish" was released on Ipecac Recordings in July, 2004. The trio completed a six week tour opening for The Melvins in the Fall of 2004.
Mr. Dunn received a BA in music from Humboldt State, lived in San Francisco for eight years where he performed extensively with Ben Goldberg and John Schott, then moved to Brooklyn in 2000. In 2001 he was commissioned by the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center to write a solo bass piece for Jon Deak. Mr. Deak Performed "Depaysemant" for prepared bass later that year at Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center. Trevor is currently writing an article for Bass Guitar magazine.
"Wavering between patient meditation and maniacal catharsis Dunn and Burgon mine the narrow fissure between pure improvisation and through-composed chamber music, slashing at the extreme interplay between steel, string and wood. Strings are beaten or jimmied with clothespins, the harp alternately caressed and throttled. The sonic equivalent of a Joseph Cornell box, the duo has a haunting, cinematic quality that is both staggeringly complex and achingly beautiful."
- Tim Duroche, Willamette Week, Portland, OR
"...a pairing of genuine empathy."
- Time Out New York, NY
"Wavering between patient meditation and maniacal catharsis, Trevor Dunn and harpist Shelley Burgon mine the narrow fissure between pure improvisation and through-composed chamber music, slashing at the extreme interplay between steel, string and wood. Strings are beaten or jimmied with clothespins, the harp alternately caressed and throttled. The sonic equivalent of a Joseph Cornell box, the duo has a haunting, cinematic quality that is both staggeringly complex and achingly beautiful."
- Tim Duroche, Willamette Week, Portland, OR
"Trevor Dunn (double bass) and teamed up with Shelley Burgon (harp)... a few pieces had a sinister cinematic feel.... Shelley is really charming, and works the harp like a dangerous weapon...."
- Japh Ramblings, http://www.track0.com/japh/archive/000583.html
"...bassist Trevor Dunn and harpist Shelley Burgon will draw you into their intimate and fascinating sonic landscapes. They make the most of their distinct combination of instruments..."
- Oregon Festival Of American Music, Eugene, OR