Amsterdam's Cactus Truck - AKA saxophonist John Dikeman and drummer Onno Govaert - are joined in concert by NYC bassist Brandon Lopez. Cactus Truck creates startlingly intense music, not merely in terms of volume or velocity but through complete physical/psychological surrender. One can find hints of delta blues, early free jazz, Japanese noise, and no wave in their sound.
Ants on a Log presents CURIOUS, a fun, feminist, eco-minded exploration of clean energy, community, and kids who have big ideas. Curious encourages kids and their families to "think outside the pipeline" and get curious about other forms of energy beyond oil. The folky feminist musical tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who sees members of her community becoming sick due to the local oil refinery. When she hears of the refinery's plans to expand, she begins to learn more and organizes her neighborhood. With the help of her songful community and a dancing pencil, she strives to make big change even in the face of some bigger and more powerful people. Curious showcases Ants on a Log's playful and timely advocacy, as well as the vibrant harmonies and clever lyrics that have propelled them into the national kids' music spotlight. Their first album, You Could Draw the Album Art has been featured on WXPN's Kids' Corner as well as several other kids' music programs and blogs. Curious is funded in part by a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.
Loren Connors has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades. His music - which embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms - has been recorded on Family Vineyard, Northern Spy, Drag City, Table of the Elements, Recital, RoadCone and other labels. Today he'll be performing with lauded guitarist and composer Chris Forsyth, whose work assimilates art-rock textures with vernacular American influences.
Svitanya ("the light at sunrise") is a Philadelphia area small women's a cappella vocal ensemble that performs traditional Eastern European folk music in the original languages. Svitanya's repertoire is drawn from the entire Eastern European region, encompassing the Slavic, Balkan, Baltic, and Southern Caucasus areas, totalling 15 languages, with extensive selections in Bulgarian, Croatian, Ukrainian and Russian. Entertaining translations and stories make their music accessible to English-speaking audiences.