Eugene Chadbourne

Eugene Chadbourne

Eugene Chadbourne––legendary guitarist, banjoist, and inventor of the electric rake––comes to LA from Greensboro, NC to perform a set of “Left Wing Country and Western” tunes in a debut duet with local rhythm whiz Corey Fogel. At The Unwrinkled Ear’s request, their set at Zebulon will focus on improvising around a medley of protest songs.

Chadbourne has been audaciously blending avant-garde improvisation and traditional country and western music since 1980, when his first Japanese tour with Toshinoro Kondo raised eyebrows and inspired controversy.

Part of the first generation of North American musicians to embrace deep explorations of extended technique and free improvisation, he also made the radical gesture to incorporate the wildness of these new vocabularies into the center of traditional song forms.

His collaborators include Michael Snow, Wadada Leo Smith, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Han Bennink, Lester Bowie, Paul Lovens, Steve Lacy, Peter Kowald, Bertram Turetkzy, Joan La Barbara, Violent Femmes, Camper Van Beethoven, the Sun City Girls, Butthole Surfers, Corrosion of Conformity, Hans Reichel, Jim O’Rourke, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Chris Cutler, Tatsuya Yoshida, Keith Rowe and Jimmy Carl Black & Don Preston of The Mothers of Invention.

He started the acclaimed vinyl label Parachute in 1975 and began releasing his own cassettes in 1982. He is also the author of the books “Draft Dodger,” “Bye Bye DDR,” “I Hate the Man That Runs This Bar” and “Dreamory.”

Born: January 4, 1954, Mount Vernon, New York

On his compulsive own, Eugene Chadbourne (previously the guitarist and leader of Shockabilly) has spewed forth a ceaseless stream of records and cassettes that easily represent the oddest version of country and folk music ever. While the notable left-winger's guitar playing is looser than clams, it harbors wildly unique energy. The North Carolinian is the master of several different voices, some of them deceptively sincere. Harsh, funny, irritating and packed with ideas, Chadbourne often suggests a politically correct Frank Zappa.

Three Thirds

Three Thirds combines the underdog instruments of the orchestra - bass, oboe, viola - with acoustic and just-intoned National guitar. Add some close three-part harmonies and the result is a jangly, sometimes exuberant, sometimes desolate sonic landscape of songs you never knew you grew up with. Experimental folk. Recent projects have been songs related to gardening, water usage and soil. They have an EP of Woodie Guthrie covers, and a recent "micro-release" of songs that focus on migrant workers and working the earth. Three Thirds is Claire Chenette - oboe/ English horn; Heather Lockie - viola; Jake Rosenzweig - doublebass; Alex Wand - acoustic and just-intoned acoustic guitar.

Elana Mann

New compositions for Elana Mann's sculptural instruments by Micaela Tobin, Alison Johnson, Chelsea Rector, Conrad Frieburg and Elana Mann. These instruments synthesize casts of the human figure with acoustic properties, demonstrating the symbolic and physical ways vocal sounds travel through the human body and affect the politics of the surrounding world. Hand gestures implemented for “hands-up-don’t-shoot-horns” and “histophones” call out for social justice by literally covering up the mouth of the speaker, while simultaneously amplifying the voice. A chorus of performers will sing through the sculptural instruments.

$8.00 - $10.00


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