Sound It Out presents: Desertion Trio (Nick Millevoi/Johnny DeBlase/Kevin Shea) and Ava Mendoza
Saturday, September 14 at 7 pm @ Greenwich House $15
Desertion Trio is the creation of guitarist/composer Nick Millevoi (John Zorn, Nels Cline, Moppa Elliott’s Unspeakable Garbage). The band fearlessly explores the history of instrumental electric guitar music and throws it in a blender, creating an explosion of jazz, psychedelic rock, surf music, and country rock instrumentals. Noisey described the band’s sound as “supremely weird desert noir,” and NPR Music said the band “hits the sweet spot between Neil Young’s exploratory Crazy Horse jams and a spaghetti western soundtrack.”
Desertion Trio features bassist Johnny DeBlase – Millevoi’s former bandmate in Many Arms (Tzadik) – and drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Talibam!), but the band is frequently joined by other collaborators, such as keyboardist Ron Stabinsky (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Meat Puppets), Jamie Saft (John Zorn), Tara Middleton (Sun Ra Arkestra), and others.
Desertion Trio formed after the release of Millevoi’s 2016’s Desertion album on the Clean Feed label’s Shhpuma imprint, which featured DeBlase as well as Saft and drummer Ches Smith. In 2018, Shhpuma released the debut record under the Desertion Trio’s name, Midtown Tilt, with also featured guest Saft on keyboards. In 2019, Long Song Records released Twilight Time, Desertion Trio’s anarchic take on the music of the 50s and 60s.
Bandcamp Daily called Midtown Tilt a “manifestation of the rapid-fire chemistry” of the band, while Downbeat Magazine selected the album as an Editor’s Pick, and Rolling Stone described Twilight Time as “warmly nostalgic and potently surreal,” calling their version of the title track, “a stakes-raising celebration of the song’s eerie emotional pull.”
AVA MENDOZA is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was old enough to get into 18+ venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality.Her most ongoing work is as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer on guitar/voice. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Mick Barr, Nels Cline, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mike Watt, Matana Roberts, Ikue Mori, Matt Mitchell, Adele Bertei, William Hooker, Jon Irabagon, members of Caroliner, the Violent Femmes, and more. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Weird Forest, Clean Feed, NotTwo, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis.