Margaret Mead, Chris Forsyth, Michael Beach

Chris Forsyth

Guitarist Chris Forsyth's hypnotic compositions assimilate art rock texture with folk, blues, and experimental influences. Long active in the improv/experimental underground, he's released a series of acclaimed soloprivate press LP Dreams (reissued in 2011 onFamily Vineyard) and Early Astral, a 2012 duo LP with Mountains' Koen Holtkamp on Blackest Rainbow, that have earned favorable comparisons to Sandy Bull's raga take on Chuck Berry and the majestic guitar tapestries of Television and Popol Vuh. His 2011 Paranoid Cat LP (also on Family Vineyard) has been described as "the work of an emergent master" (Uncut) and "a rapturous transmutation of noise into light" (Wire). Forsyth has toured throughout Europe and the US, sharing stages with such like-minded artists as Steve Gunn, Bill Orcutt, Ignatz,Rhys Chatham, 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, Nate Wooley,Shawn Edward Hansen, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin, among others. Currently in the works are a new solo record titled Kenzo Deluxe on Northern Spy (July release), a split cassette for the Preservationlabel with Loren Connors, and a collaboration with choreographer Meg Foley. Forsyth was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship int he Arts and resides in the City of Philadelphia, USA.

Michael Beach

Michael Beach is a San Francisco-based musician who writes, records, and performs under his own name, and as a member of Melbourne-based trio Electric Jellyfish. 2013 has has also seen him take up guitar duties with Colossal Yes, and bass duties with Meercaz. Since 2008, he has put out records on the Thurston Moore/Byron Coley colab label Ecstatic Yod, Twin Lakes Records, Peru's Tacu Tacu Records, and Spectacular Commodity.

Having just finished 12 months of touring including tours of Australia, Europe, and the US both solo and with Electric Jellyfish, Michael Beach has returned to San Francisco to await the release of his sophomore LP, Golden Theft. The album was recently recorded with drummer Utrillo Kushner (Comets On Fire, Colossal Yes) and engineer Phil Manley (Wooden Shjips, Barn Owl) over three days at Manley's Lucky Cat Studios.

Electric Jellyfish also recorded their second LP in between shows on their last Australian tour. The band heads overseas in May for ten dates in Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Spain. The new LP is due out in November through 80/81 Records.



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