Noted New York electric guitar quartet Dither unveiled plans for the much-anticipated Invisible Dog Extravaganza. The event, to be held on July 8 at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, boasts an eclectic bill that features an array of experimental sounds, presented by composers and performers notorious for carving out unique musical niches. In addition to Dither, who will perform works by Phill Niblock and Corey Dargel, the lineup includes renowned guitarist Marc Ribot, So Percussion, Ches Smith and These Arches, Ted Hearne and Philip White’s R We Who R We, Lesley Flanigan, Nathan Koci, and a multimedia work by composer Paula Matthusen. In 2010, the festival was dubbed the summer’s “official concert on the edge” by The New Yorker, a description that Dither’s artistic directors state accurately captures the vanguard purpose of the event: to present exciting and exploratory artists in performances that welcome listeners into the sphere of the creative process. This year’s Extravaganza is sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery, with funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council.
Dither will perform with the “consistently provocative” (The New York Times) baritone Corey Dargel in his new song cycle Say Yes, for four electric guitars with live and pre-recorded vocals. Noted for their “clock-like precision” by New Music Box, Dither will present minimalist composer and pioneering sound artist Phill Niblock’s dense, microtonal “Guitar too, for four.” Dither and friends will also perform Paula Matthusen’s multimedia piece “Portable,” a choreographed work for eight performers with home-built suitcase-radios.
“NYC experimental powerhouse” (The Village Voice) So Percussion will perform original music from their upcoming project “where (we) live,” and Ches Smith and These Arches (an all-star lineup including Tim Berne, Mary Halvorson, Marc Ribot, and Andrea Parkins) will perform their brand of tunefully energetic free jazz. Ribot, hailed by The Village Voice as “one of the most individual of guitarists and a master of introverted ironies,” will also perform a solo set of his transcriptions of the music of John Cage.
The newly formed R We Who R We, a raucous collaboration between composers Ted Hearne and Philip White for voice and homemade electronic instruments, is also featured, along with the sound-sculpting composer/vocalist Lesley Flanigan, who builds her own feedback speakers, and accordionist and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Koci.
WHAT: Invisible Dog Extravaganza, featuring Dither, Marc Ribot, So Percussion, Ches Smith and These Arches, Corey Dargel, Lesley Flanigan, Ted Hearne and Philip White, and Nathan Koci
WHEN: Friday, July 8th, 7pm to midnight
WHERE: The Invisible Dog Art Center – 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY – http://www.theinvisibledog.org