Nels Cline News

From Nels Cline:

Guitarist Nels Cline and Los Angeles-based painter Norton Wisdom–both masters of their medium and long partners in improvisation, joined together in 2009 for an afternoon of sonic and visual improvisation caught on film by Aught Nign. Armed with his guitar and effects, Cline constructs lush soundscapes brought about by Wisdom’s brush-stroke spontaneity. Wisdom in turn follows Cline’s auditory twists creating and recreating the same canvas.

Cline & Wisdom will reconvene this collaboration with three appearances this month most notably at Knoxville’s acclaimed Big Ears Festival on March 28. Cline will also play with singer Sam Amidon and Wisdom in two lead-up shows at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA on March 25 and The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC on March 26.

Stained Radiance will also perform at the Summer 2015 edition of Wilco’s Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival. Their performance will include a new dance work by choreographer/director Sarah Elgart of Arrogant Elbow.

Additionally at Big Ears, Cline reunites with the world famous Kronos Quartet on Sunday March, 29 in a collaboration originally premiered at UCLA in 2014, with an original composition, “Views from Here to the Heavens (For Scott Fraser),” which Cline was commissioned to write for Kronos, in honor for Kronos sound designer Scott Fraser on his 60th Birthday.

This week Cline will bring his band, The Nels Cline Singers, with drummer Scott Amendola, bassist Trevor Dunn and percussionist Cyro Baptista to Europe for their first ever European tour. Since founding the band in 2001, they have released 5 albums, including it’s latest, the 2014’s acclaimed Macroscope (Mack Avenue Records). Of Macroscope, NPR called it, “a record that has no boundaries, and an album with the musicianship to make that a memorable experience.” On Macroscope, Cline augmented his longstanding trio by adding the inventive percussionist Baptista, who has worked with Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock and many others.

Finally the acclaimed experimental festival FIMAV (Festival International de Musique à Victoriaville) presents the world premiere of a supergroup called NELS CLINE SINGERS UNLIMITED; an amalgamation of artists and artistic alliances of Cline, including Amendola, Dunn and Baptista, plus keyboardist Brian Marsella, harpist Zeena Parkins & fellow guitar iconoclast Marc Ribot. The show will take place May 16th, 2015 in Victoriaville, Quebec.