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Soundworks Gathering #7

Shumoto & The Byrde | Guitar, Amplified Bowls, Water.
Shumoto & The Byrde is the mostly improvised duo of Austin Hatch and Jefferson Pitcher.  Using multiple amplifiers and sound sources, they create a sonic landscape of clanging, clicking, drifting, and swelling drones, with plenty of melody and an intense focus on overtones and space.  With a deep interest in blurring the lines of composition and improvisation, theirs is a vast, meditative, and at times explosive sound world.  

Jefferson Pitcher is a guitarist and composer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent his formative years involved in the DIY Berkeley punk-rock scene, at 924 Gilman Street, which still influences him today.  While much of his work explores free improvisation, he also draws heavily on his gift for melody, as well as on the simple repetitions of minimalism, the space and North African influence of flamenco, and a history of performing and recording in the West Coast indie-rock scene as a singer-songwriter, where he fronted the band Above the Orange Trees.

Since that time, Pitcher has released music with Standard Recording Co. (USA), Digitalis Recordings (USA), Camera Obscura (Australia), Tape Drift Records (USA), Moonpalace (Spain), Dutch East India (USA), Words on Music (USA), Tract Records (USA), and his own Mudita Records (USA). He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, Okkyung Lee, Scott Amendola, Rosie Thomas, Christian Kiefer, J. Matthew Gerken, Denison Witmer, Sarah Weaver, Mark Dresser, Mike Bullock, Tim Keiper, Doug Van Nort, Jonathan Chen, David Gibson, Kristina Forester, Ron Guensche and many more. He has twice been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has been well reviewed by Pitchfork, Blurt, The Melbourne Sun, Prefix, and Harp magazines.  Pitcher holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he studied improvisation and composition with Pauline Oliveros and Tomie Hahn.

Austin Hatch is the frontman of Americana indie band Matt Byrde, and the primary composer of the duo song-based project called Shadowcat.  He daydreams about fronting a traditional jazz quartet with a perfectly subtle trumpeter.

Wendy Eisenberg | Guitar Improvisations

Wendy Eisenberg is an improvising guitarist, banjo-player, vocalist and songwriter. She has written for 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, Matt Mitchell and Zach Rowden, among many others. Eisenberg has premiered work by Mitchell, Zorn, Maria Schneider, and Bill Holman, as well as the work of her many peers.

In addition to her work as a collaborative artist, she has two solo careers: improviser/composer, and songwriter. Wendy’s debut improvisational solo guitar record as an improviser will come out on Steve Lowenthal's VDSQ imprint in 2018. Her “songs” album, Time Machine, released on HEC Tapes in April 2017, was re-released on vinyl on Feeding Tube records on September 7th. She also has a trio album with Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith on John Zorn's Tzadik label, set for release this October.

Earlier Event: September 6
Soundworks Gathering #6
Later Event: November 1
Soundworks Gathering #8