JOHN WIESE at the Piano Craft Guild
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Non-Event, Intransitive Recordings and Semata Productions present

JOHN WIESE
NOISE NOMADS
BENJAMIN NELSON
EMBOUCHURE

Piano Craft Guild (entrance at rear)
791 Tremont Street
Boston, MA (South End)
8 p.m. / $7

About the musicians:

JOHN WIESE is an artist and composer from Los Angeles, California. His ongoing projects include LHD and Sissy Spacek, with plenty of freelance work with many artists as diverse as Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Merzbow, Dave Phillips, Smegma, Kevin Drumm, Cattle Decapitation and C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core). He has toured extensively throughout the world, covering Europe, Scandinavia and Australia as a member of Sunn O))), the UK as part of the Free Noise tour (a tentet including Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Yellow Swans, etc.), the United States alongside Wolf Eyes and recently performed in the 52nd Venice Biennale with artist Nico Vascellari.

Caveman performance action/noise from western Massachusetts, NOISE NOMADS is the solo project of Jeff Hartford, also of the band Grey Skull. His recordings have appeared on Load, Gods of Tundra, Bonescraper, Breaking World Records, and a recent LP on RRRecords. Load Records describes him thusly: “Western Massachussets is a land of shopping outlets and hemp-skinned hacky sacks. Jeff Hartford breathes in and out amongst all this hub bub. What he does do is give off an organic crunch. He’s never content to just play to one schtick as it were, instead, practicing everything from christmas tree impersonation, to hand chime phasery, to all out 4-track abuse.”

BENJAMIN NELSON has performed in various groups with styles ranging from instrumental metal and power electronics to free folk and improv. His solo work seeks to bridge the gap between academics and emotional music, drawing inspiration from minimalism, electro-acoustic and post industrial music. While spending the last five years studying electronic music in Boston, Benjamin has performed solo throughout the US and Europe, but this will be his first solo performance in his hometown.

EMBOUCHURE (Nathan Ahlers and Ricardo Donodo) channels frustration, isolation and dread through their minimalist/maximalist drone compositions. Where most drones tend to revolve around healing/meditative practices, Embouchure sets out to poison and scorn. This is not easy listening. Using an arsenal of digital and analog electronics, prepared acoustic instruments, granular synthesis and feedback systems, Embouchure creates a mood of total desolation and abandon.

Non-Event concerts are supported in part by a grant from the LEF foundation.