Nick Millevoi; Keir Neuringer
Brooklyn (2003 - 2004) | Acra (2005 - 2015), NY
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440 Warren St. | Hudson, NY 12534 | 518-671-6006
90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley and wgxc.org/listen everywhere
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Nick Millevoi is a Philadelphia-based guitarist who explores and expands upon the sound of the electric guitar through frequent use of non-traditional tunings, feedback, and raw noise. On his new solo-guitar release, "In White Sky," Millevoi combines his 6- and 12-string electric guitars with drones and extreme volume to create a startling new work. This album follows Nick's 2011 debut, "Black Figure of a Bird," which was released on New Atlantis Records. Millevoi is a member of the trio Many Arms, who have four releases to date, the most recent of which is their self-titled album released in April 2012 by John Zorn's Tzadik label. Along with trombonist Dan Blacksberg, Millevoi makes one half of the experimental chamber duo Archer Spade, who have worked with composers such as Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, Mick Barr, and Johnny DeBlase. As a collaborator or sideman Nick has worked with Fugazi bassist Joe Lally, Joe Moffett, Alban Bailly, Ed Ricart, Toshimaru Nakamura, Thomas Buckner, Ken Ueno, Matt Ingalls, Ches Smith, Travis LaPlante, Weasel Walter, and many others. Nick is also a member of the band Electric Simcha, and is a former member of Make A Rising. The Village Voice has called Nick a "guitar-wielding, audience-massacring hero," and music journal Burning Ambulance has described him as, "a fierce player who knows his way around a riff and can tie himself, and the listener, in knots with his contorted, passionate soloing." Of Black Figure of a Bird, the Philadelphia City Paper said, "Millevoi wrestles a 12-string electric into doing things it clearly doesn't want to do, creating harsh textures, blistering runs, odd-angled lines and punishing eruptions."
Kier Neuringer weaves together experimental rock, political folk, free improvisation, psych/drone, and spoken word. He performs on saxophone, in intensely physical circular breathing improvisations that honor and build upon diverse music-making traditions, or on a vintage Farfisa organ, while simultaneously drumming and singing. Raised in New York and trained as a classical composer and multidisciplinary artist in Poland and the Netherlands, he’s created politically explicit music and art for the last decade that confronts basic contemporary dilemmas without advancing specific ideologies beyond the dictum to think critically and compassionately. He travels widely to present his work and collaborates closely in Europe with Rafal Mazur, Ensemble Klang and DJ Sniff. Among the acts he has shared bills with are Deerhoof, Faust, Peter Brotzman, Philip Jeck, CCMC (John Oswald, Michael Snow and Paul Dutton), Nat Baldwin, Arrington de Dionyso, Pamela Z, Jason Ajemian & the HighLife, powerdove, Tatsuya Nakatani, Not the Wind, Not the Flag, Nick Millevoi, and Johnny Dowd. He has improvised with Evan Parker, Misha Mengelberg, Paul Dutton, Raed Yassin, Colin Stetson, Matt Bauder, Audrey Chen, Matt Wright and others, and worked with electronic music pioneers (and former mentors) Joel Ryan, Marek Choloniewski, and Michel Waisvisz.