3 unique guitarists from 3 unique bands moonlight solo:
TOM CARTER (Charalambides)
CHRIS FORSYTH (Peeesseye)
STEVE GUNN (GHQ)
Tom Carter is a guitar player best known for his work with acclaimed psych-drone iconoclasts Charalambides. Since 2000, however, he has become increasingly active as not only a solo artist but as a collaborator. He has performed with improvising musicians as diverse as Thurston Moore, Jandek, Tetuzi Akiyama, Matt Valentine, and many others, as well as being a key member in groups like Badgerlore (with Ben Chasny of 6 Organs of Admittance), Friday Group, Mudsuckers (with Robert Horton and the Yellow Swans), and Zaika (with Marcia Bassett of the Double Leopards and Hototogisu).
Carter’s solo work covers a lot of territory, but latter-day sightings show him to be concentrating on looped guitar drones of immensely stacked beauty, with heaps of psychedelic melodic content missing from the repertoires of many noise and drone bands. His most recent solo releases are a pair of releases on Important Records, Shots at Infinity 1 & 2.
Steve Gunn plies his trade in the Northeast, calling Brooklyn home. He’s best know for the major role he plays in the group GHQ. Over the course of numerous excellent releases, it became clear that Gunn was a real force in experimental music. Once his solo music started being unearthed, there was no turning back. Steve will be performing a mix of improvisational blues based guitar works.
Chris Forsyth’s music eludes easy categorization. He is a founding member (along with Jaime Fennelly and Fritz Welch) of the iconoclastic group Peeesseye, a transcontinental amalgam of minimalist rock, noise, folk, drone, psych, improv, sound poetry, and absurdity that has produced seven CDs, one 7-inch, over 145 concerts in Europe and the US, and untold blown minds since forming in 2002. He also performs solo on both electric and acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars, leads the free rock trio Soft History with drummer Ryan Sawyer and bassist Peter Kerlin, and is a member of the elusive and rarely spotted experimental group Phantom Limb & Bison. Other notable collaborators have included reductionist/blues guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, Bay Area composer/performer Ernesto Diaz-Infante, trumpeter Nate Wooley, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin, plus others too numerous too mention. His first solo CD Live Journal at the Mice Machine VIP Dance Floor was recently released on the Incunabulum label. He is the caretaker of Evolving Ear and lives in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
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