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The Bay Area's New Sound Festival - July 27 August 2, 2014

John Finkbeiner

Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th, San Francisco, CA
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Q&A Sessions 7:30 pm
Performances 8:15 pm

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Guitars Thursday July 31
John Finkbeiner - guitar
peforming with Noah Phillips - guitar

Guitarist John Finkbeiner has performed and recorded with the best and brightest in the Bay Area music scene as a member of Darren Johnston's United Brassworkers Front, the Smith Dobson V Quartet, Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch, Aaron Bennett's Go-Go Fightmaster, Sheldon Brown's Distant Intervals, Scott Larson's Franco Nero, and the Vijay Anderson Quartet, among many others. He co-leads the Caribbean folk ensemble Les Gwan Jupons. As recording engineer and co-founder of New, Improved Recording in Oakland, John has helped shape the sound of West Coast creative music, working with ROVA Saxophone Quartet, John Schott, Jewlia Eisenberg, Tango No. 9, Aaron Novik, and Devin Hoff.

Two of the Bay Area's most singular and slippery guitarists team up for the first time in an improvised duo configuration that highlights the incredible range of sounds and approaches that inform their individual music making. Phillips, known for dreamy solo improvisations and his work in alt-rock/noise groups like Efft and Date Palms, creates atmospheric blankets of sound, using prepared guitar, alternate tunings and masterful effects to create abstracted tonal worlds and noisy layered landscapes. Finkbeiner’s guitar playing is a compelling and malleable hybrid of garage rock grit (Knights of the New Crusade), avant-garde jazz abandon (Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch, Josh Allen’s Deconstruction Orchestra), and adventures in extended techniques tempered by a wickedly rhythmic comping style (Franco Nero, Les Gwan Jupons).

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