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Empty Bottle, Inc.

Alan Licht / Slow Planes / Michael Vallera

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over

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ALAN LICHT is a guitarist and composer, whose work combines elements of pop, noise, free jazz and minimalism. He is also a writer and journalist. Hailing from New Jersey, he has released many albums both as part of an ensemble and as a solo artist. For this performance, LICHT will be performing material from his latest acoustic solo release, Currents, on VDSQ.

SLOW PLANES create music focused on the ceremonial passing of time. Using traditional folk sounds they build patient, ritual rhythms out of guitar, banjo, brass, violin, drum, percussion, and voice. Taking influence from American improvisation and classical minimalism, the six musicians create primitive dance music and engaging, hypnotic landscapes. Internal narratives and oblique vignettes swell and fall away as acoustic manipulation and repetitive movements construct a sound that feels both early American and prehistoric.

MICHAEL VALLERA is a musician and visual artist currently based out of Chicago who has shown and performed internationally. This past January we helped him celebrate the release of his second full-lenght solo record, Vivid Flu, his first on the Denovali imprint. The record is committed to pushing the electric guitar into new territory among a latticework of samples, piano and machinic stutter. The five tracks operate as a fever dream, filled with confusions of space and the cosmic thrum of post-industrial life.

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