Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band

Guitarist Chris Forsyth's hypnotic compositions assimilate art rock textures with folk, blues, and experimental influences. Long active in the underground/experimental scene, he's released a series of acclaimed records over the past few years, including his 2011 LP Paranoid Cat on Family Vineyard and Early Astral, a 2012 duo LP with Mountains' Koen Holtkamp on Blackest Rainbow.His 2012 Kenzo Deluxe LP/CD on Northern Spy has been described as "resonant [and] incisive... a cosmic abstraction of the American guitar tradition, reducing blues, rock, folk and improvisation into their spare, hypnotic base elements." (Philadelphis City Paper). Forsyth has toured throughout Europe and the US, sharing stages with such like-minded artists as Steve Gunn, Bill Orcutt, Rhys Chatham, Sic Alps, Grouper, Loren Connors, Mind Over Mirrors, PG Six, and Träd Gräs och Stenar, and, from 2002 to 2011, as a member of Peeesseye. He has also collaborated with artists including Meg Baird, Tetuzi Akiyama, Mike Pride, and Nate Wooley. Forsyth was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and resides in the City of Philadelphia, USA.

In Fall 2013, Paradise of Bachelors will release Forsyth's next record, Solar Motel. According to critic Tony Rettman, "sneak listens to his upcoming LP hint that the best has yet to be heard. Solar Motel is broken up into four parts, each one of them escalating in sequence with head-swelling psychedelic bliss while showcasing Forsyth's equal admiration for the guitar interplay of both Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd from Television and Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. It serves as a perfect example for what Forsyth calls his music: cosmic Americana."

For this show, Forsyth will be debuting the new Solar Motel Band featuring bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin') and drummer Steven Urgo (ex-The War on Drugs).

Nick Millevoi / Brian Osborne

Nick Millevoi is a guitarist from Philadelphia. In June 2011, Nick's first solo guitar album, Black Figure of a Bird, will be released by DC's New Atlantis Records and Sunmagi Records as the first of a series of three premier collaborative releases which also includes a release by Peter Brotzmann and Han Bennink, and Jason Ajemian. Black Figure of a Bird consists of a series of alternately tuned pieces written for the twelve string electric guitar, masterfully recorded by Philadelphia-based guitarist and engineer, Eric Carbonara. Of Black Figure of a Bird, Brian Rademaekers of recently wrote: "His latest effort is a solo record of 12-string guitar compositions, one that bends the perceived limits of the instrument into some twisted places using open tunings and a passionate attack on the frets."

Nick is co-leader of the avant-garde punk-jazz trio Many Arms (Engine Records, Majmua Music), and the new music duo Archer Spade, with Dan Blacksberg. Nick is also a member of progressive chamber-pop collective Make A Rising and Hassidic punk band Electric Simcha. As a sideman, Nick has toured with Discord Records recording artist Joe Lally, and performed with Gene Coleman, Glenn Branca, and many others. Nick composes regularly for his groups and has also composed a series of six improvisation-based pieces called SHREDfest for various instrumentations, one of which was released by Tiger Asylum Records.

Of his work with Many Arms, writer Phil Freeman recently wrote in Burning Ambulance: "Guitarist Nick Millevoi takes Greg Ginn's misshapen, barbed-wire soloing style as a starting point and injects doses of Derek Bailey, Sonny Sharrock and Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Octis, Krallice) for good measure. He's a fierce player who knows his way around a riff and can tie himself, and the listener, in knots with his contorted, passionate soloing



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