Zomes, Insect Factory
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
In the crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. Playing in the repertoire of desert guitar popularized by groups like Tinariwen and Bombino, Mdou is pushing the boundaries of the genre with a uniquely personal sound. With versatile compositions and genre-defying albums, Mdou's music has been an underground success with an international following, set on redefining the sound of the desert. Mdou Moctar hails from a small village in the Azawagh desert of Niger, a remote region steeped in religious tradition. As a child, he taught himself to play a homemade guitar, cobbled together out of planks of wood. It was years later before he found a “real” guitar, teaching himself in secret. In an area where guitar music was all but prohibited, he quickly rose to the status of the local celebrity amongst the village youth.
Mdou Moctar and his band have toured Europe and North America, playing sold out shows from small DIY rock clubs in Portland to New York City's Lincoln Center. His music has been featured in the BBC, The Guardian, Pitchfork, New Yorker, L.A. Weekly, NPR, Rolling Stone, Les Inrocks, and his film continues to be screened at film festivals around the world. From underground star of Niger to international film star, Mdou Moctar has undoubtedly one of the quickest rises to success.
He continues to tour with his original band.
Insect Factory is music from Silver Spring, MD musician Jeff Barsky. Insect Factory focuses on texture and mood, building layers of dense sounds that slowly evolve into hypnotic and atmospheric drones.
Since the 90's, Barsky has continuously played in bands and improvisational collectives, and has performed frequently on the east coast of the U.S., and also in Canada, throughout Europe, and Japan. His first proper release, "Air Traffic Control Sleep", was released on Insectfields in the late summer of 2007, to acclaim from the likes of Washington Post, the Wire, and Terrascope.
Barsky's various projects have shared the stage with acts as diverse as Richard Pinhas, Nels Cline, Acid Mothers Temple, and Carla Bozulich, and he has performed at Suoni Il Per Popolo festival in Montreal, Terrastock 7 in Louisville, KY, and D.C.'s Sonic Circuits, Queering Sound, and Fringe Festivals.
Insect Factory recently released a split 7" with RST (New Zealand) and a full length LP entitled "Melodies from a Dead Radio" on Fabrica/Insectfields in early 2012.
"...a warped psychedelic collage, muted percussive loops, all woozy and warbly, wheezing melodies, layered textures, softly distorted and dreamily chaotic" - Aquarius Records
"Music that evokes the feel of a plane ride through the clouds and the surreal world of dreams…Insect Factory's music grows with repeated listens" - The Wire