On May 19, Mako Sica (Chicago); The Mantis (DMV) and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project (DMV) appear at Rhizome DC, which is located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. The performance begins at 8 pm. A donation to cover Mako Sica’s travel expenses would be appreciated, but nobody will be turned away. The event is open to all ages.
“Mako Sica” is a translation of what many Native American tribes called “land bad”; hence the moniker of dusty mazes of buttes and spires created by millions of years of erosion, mostly deserts poisoned by little to no drinking water or vegetation. Taking on a phrase from an extinct language for a band name certainly carries a fair share of social metaphor, political baggage and spiritual darkness. The group started in 2007 with original members Brent Fuscaldo and Przemyslaw Drazek. Since then, they’ve collaborated with Mark Shippy (US Maple, Shorty, Invisible Things), Michael Kendrick (Rope) and currently Chaetan Newell (Variety Lights).
Their music grows out of a city from which artists (past and present) including Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra push their music to the outer limits of definition. Traces of Ennio Morricone and prog rockers Soft Machine can also be found in their music. What all three members have in common is an early discovery of punk. The ethos of American underground DIY labels such as Dischord and Constellation had a lasting impression on their approach to making music. In fact, Drazek and Fuscaldo first started practicing together in the basement of Southern Distribution where they both worked at the time.
The Mantis is a multimedia group comprising of Dempsey Hamilton on drums and percussion, David Barker on treble string instruments, Doug Kallmeyer on bass string instruments, and Monica Stroik on visual projections. With an improvisational approach to musical arrangements and real time video manipulations, the group has drawn comparisons to Mogwai, Tycho, Explosions in the Sky and SunnO))). Hear a live cut from Verses Records ACLU benefit compilation here: https://versesrecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-mantis-dc-rhetoric-live
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax) and T. A. Zook (basscello). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Sam Lohman (drums) Larry Gomez (percussion), Patrick Whitehead (horns), Leah Gage (drums & electronics), Dominic Fragman (drums) and Emily Chimiak (violin). The project has been performing in the DMV region since 2008.
Project co-founder Ted Zook is proud to be a Steinberger Artist.
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