Grind Sight Open Eye

Experimental and avant-garde music events in Edinburgh

25th June – Susan Alcorn, Campbell/Davidson/Duff Trio, Edimpro

25th June, Door 7:30pm, Donations £5 suggested
Alison house (atrium room)
12 Nicolson Square, EH8 9DF

Susan Alcorn

is a Baltimore-based composer and musician who has received international recognition as an innovator of the pedal steel guitar, an instrument whose sound is commonly associated with country and western music. Alcorn has absorbed the technique of C&W pedal steel playing and refined it to a virtuosic level. Her original music reveals the influence of free jazz, avant-garde classical music, Indian ragas, Indigenous traditions, and other musics of the world. The Manchester Guardian describes her music as “beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from pulse and conventional harmony.”

Recent performances include the Musique Action festival in Nancy, France, Leipzig JazzTage in Germany as a part of the Chris Cutler Project, critically acclaimed performances at the London Musicians Collective’s Festival of Experimental Music, and performances at the High Zero Festival in Baltimore, Birmingham Improv Festival, and the No Idea Festival in Austin, Texas. Though she usually performs solo, she has collaborated and recorded with others including Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne., the late Peter Kowald, Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Maggie Nicols, LaDonna Smith, Joe Giardullo, Joe McPhee, Mike Cooper, Lê Quan Ninh, Ellen fullman, Caroline Kraabel, Johanna and Christofer Varner, and Scottish guitarist George Burt.

Her recent recordings Curandera (Uma Sounds), Concentration (Recorded) and And I Await the Resurrection of the Pedal Steel Guitar (Olde English Spelling Bee) are available in Europe and the United States. Ms. Alcorn currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Press quotes:

“Susan A. is a great player who has mastered and redefined an unlikely instrument. With an exquisite touch she invoked it’s history, extended its emotional and ethereal strengths and explored its microtonal possibilities—drawing it out of the contexts that traditionally render it invisible, or generic, and into its own mature discourse—reminding improvisers that ‘free’ includes the right to be romantic, melodic and four to the bar.”
Chris Cutler, The Wire Magazine

“From the relatively unadorned sound of pedal steel and amplifier, Susan Alcorn brings forth music that is as full of emotional honesty as it is of melodic and harmonic exploration and surprise. She possesses a virtuosic technique that is always at the service of the musical moment and its possibilities for expression and communication.”
Kevin McNeil Brown, Dusted Features

“Alcorn is a rare musician who embraces the full spectrum of expressive possibilities for an instrument to communicate a full human experience instead of a restricted aesthetic paradigm. She’s a maverick and her solo recordings are destined to become classics that we turn to year after year for relief from common music.”
Michael Anton Parker, Downtown Music Gallery

“With clarity and precision and a gift for invoking sweeping landscapes, Alcorn is able to perform arrangements of Curtis Mayfield or Olivier Messiaen highlighting both their structural and spiritual aspects simultaneously and then attacking the strings zen-slap-loud or hovering stained-glass mobiles of sound-clouds.”
Ian Nagoski, Arthur Magazine

Aileen Campbell/Neil Davidson/Malcolm Duff Trio
A joint group of two proactive Glaswegian experimental players (vocal, guitar) and THE comic sound projectionist in Edinburgh ( unique, if not worldwide).

Edinburgh based free improvisation ensemble.

by Grind Sight Open Eye and Edimpro


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25/06/2010 at 6:29 pm

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