ELI KESZLER, WENDY EISENBERG, ARIAN SHAFIEE
SMFA Anderson Auditorium
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Non-Event, Boston Hassle, and SMFA Library Sounds present

ELI KESZLER, WENDY EISENBERG, ARIAN SHAFIEE
solo sets

SMFA Anderson Auditorium
230 The Fenway
Boston
8:30pm / $15 general admission / $10 members + students / FREE for SMFA students

Eventbrite - Eli Keszler, Wendy Eisenberg, Arian Shafiee

ELI KESZLER is a New York based artist, composer and percussionist. Keszler’s installations, music and visual work have appeared at Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, 67 Ludlow, Victoria & Albert Museum, Sculpture Center, The Kitchen, South London Gallery, Hessel Museum, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Luma-Foundation, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Barbican-St. Lukes, Walker Art Museum, LAX Art, and Greater New York at MoMa PS1. His work has been featured in Frieze, Bomb Magazine, The New York Times, Wire Magazine, The Washington Post, Gramophone, Modern Drummer and Modern Painters among others. He has released solo records for Empty Editions, Esp-Disk’, PAN and REL records. As a composer Keszler has received commissions from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, ICE Ensemble, Brooklyn String Orchestra and So Percussion. Keszler is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and was a 2016 New York Foundations for the Arts fellow.  

WENDY EISENBERG is an improvising guitarist, banjo-player, vocalist and poet. Using the languages of free jazz, new music, extreme metal and art song, her music sets to pose and expose the questions surrounding the human body in the world and the representational and technical demands placed on it in artistic practice. She has written and performed in numerous projects, including the critically acclaimed experimental band, Birthing Hips, described by NPR as “brainy, noisy punk based in sonic adventure, technical mastery, and rejection of the status quo.” Her work as an improviser has led to collaborations with Ted Reichman, Joe Morris, Damon Smith, John Zorn, Travis LaPlante and Zach Rowden, among many others.

ARIAN SHAFIEE is a Brooklyn based guitarist/composer most known for his playing in the off-kilter dance punk band Guerilla Toss. Inspired by aspects of non-western tuning and extended techniques, he crafts moments of dense, shimmering harmony and aggressive gesture through a unique approach, hinging classical impressionism to no-wave and early minimal music. The music from his recent full length on VDSQ finds him edging between overtly lyrical flourishes and deep quietude; where each piece exists in its own expansive harmonic world, unfurling and unfolding.