ANIMAL HOSPITAL ENSEMBLE
plus DJ Robin Lohrey
Cash bar only (no cc)
The origins of ANIMAL HOSPITAL ENSEMBLE are rooted in Kevin Micka’s solo moniker “Animal Hospital.” Since the winter of 2011, a large ensemble version of his music has been realized with performances at Machines with Magnets, MassArt, the Museum of Fine Arts, Art Beat Somerville, and First Night. Altering traditional concert convention by situating the audience in the center of the room encircled by dozens of guitarists and drummers, Animal Hospital Ensemble performances provide a unique sonic experience for each listener.
For this concert, Animal Hospital Ensemble is Kevin Micka, Andy Abrahamson, Scott Craggs, Mike Gintz, Ernie Kim, Steve Norton, Rob Noyes, Michael Hutcherson, Adam McGrath, Frank Aveni, and Nick Neuberg.
“Standing in the middle, it sounded like you were deep inside an angry hornet’s nest. Electric guitars … ringing in primal, circular rhythms…You felt dizzy - but exhilarated.” (James Reed, The Boston Globe)
GLENN JONES is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo, and to convey a range of emotions. This process starts with the compositions themselves and carries through to his selection of recording environment and engineer. His latest album, Fleeting, was just released on Thrill Jockey.
KATE VILLAGE, described as a surfer shooting the curl in a wave of feedback, fights her Guild T-50 guitar in the endless battle between human and electronics. She has ridden the texture/noise continuum for the past 25+ years in rock bands and improv/noise configurations. Best known for elephant guitar work alongside her husband Wayne Rogers in Magic Hour, Vermonster, Major Stars, and Heathen Shame; she’s also performed with other bunches of males including Stefan Jaworzyn, Luxiourus Bags, Alan Licht, Michio Kurihara, Thurston Moore, Bill Nace, Greg Kelley, Chris Corsano, Rinji Fukuoka, and Paul Flaherty but, sadly, not all at the same time.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.