Thursday, April 25th
- Eugene Chadbourne
- Anka (NC)
- Theodore Cale Shafer (NM)
at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Eugene Chadbourne was born in Mount Vernon, New York, but grew up in Boulder, Colorado. During the early 1970s, he lived in Canada to avoid military service in the Vietnam War. Returning to the United States, he moved to New York City in the mid 1970s and played free improvisation with Henry Kaiser and John Zorn. Around this time, he released his first album, Solo Acoustic Guitar. In the early 1980s, he led an unconventional rockabilly band named Shockabilly with Mark Kramer and David Licht, releasing four eclectic albums. A notable solo album, Songs (Intakt, 1993), featured politically oriented originals, such as “Knock on the Door” and “Hello Ceausescu”, and covers, such as Nick Drake’s “Thoughts of Mary Jane”, and Floyd Tillman’s “This Cold War With You”.
Anka is a performance duo comprised of poet/vocalist Marcyanne Hannemann and percussionist/sound artist Carmelo Pampillionio. The duo seeks to embody a form of group anagnorisis: a moment in Aristotelian tragedy wherein the character comes into a new recognition of reality. Evoking oneiric sonic and poetic landscapes, Anka’s theatrical impact recalls the ancient alien dramas of the theorist/musical auteur, Harry Partch. However, in contrast to Partch’s staunchly analogue instrumentation, Anka meditates on the processual field of voice becoming digitized, and of the digital becoming voiced. Pampillonio’s hybrid midi drum-kit suffuses Hannemann’s layered recitatives with a ritual sound of Gagaku orchestra being flushed into the Feed.
Theodore Cale Schafer is a New Mexico based musician. His work primarily consists of laptop manipulation of field recordings, digitally sourced audio, and instrumentation.
He documents ephemera from human interactions with structurally and conceptually ambient music, attempting to highlight the absurdity, cliches, and beauty of sincerity within its confines.
His recent work has considered experimental music through a millennial lens, as well as his experience of the internet via emotionally captivating compositions.
Theodore is part of the art collective Lynn and co-curates the label Looking At Your Mint alongside Natalia Panzer (NYC, Tiny Mixtapes, Refresh Gallery).