Our September Experimental Coffee House
KEVIN MICKA + MARK PEARSON DUO
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
Local multi-instrumentalists/instrument designers Kevin Micka and Mark William Pearson build aleatoric and improvised hallucinatory soundscapes using prepared guitars, homemade electronics, cassettes and voice. Kevin and Mark also perform together in the long-running sculpture-project-cum-rock-band Neptune as well as in Kevin’s Animal Hospital Ensemble. As a duo, their explorations rely on simultaneous deft impulse and the choice of making discerning minimal movements. At times, the results are pretty funny.
KEVIN MICKA’s Animal Hospital is a one-man musical recording/performance entity. Formed at the tail-end of Micka’s time with Boston band The Common Cold, Animal Hospital slowly began to take on a life of its own in 2004. A self-titled debut CD by Animal Hospital was released on Boston’s Mister Records that year and displayed Micka’s ability as a composer and engineer in communicating his creative expression. Since then, Kevin has consistently toured the United States, the U.K., and Europe throughout France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark and Iceland. Within the last 5 years Micka has continued writing and releasing several additional tracks on various compilations around the world. Animal Hospital has won followers from all corners of the music world, earning himself spots with bands as diverse as The Jesus Lizard, Beirut, No Age, Thrones, Dosh and Codeine (not to mention a recurring role as bumper music on Boston’s NPR station). He also plays in Neptune, Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Trio, and is currently directing a fleet of guitarists under the moniker Animal Hospital Ensemble.
MARK WILLIAM PEARSON lives in Cambridge and has played in a variety of projects including Neptune, Young Sexy Assassins, Animal Hospital Ensemble, Pewter Zebra, Krap Ghos’, Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Trio, Man Forever, The Grand Island, and Gooloo.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.