the wulf.

04.03.2016 8:00 p.m.

Tom Carter & Michael Hentz duo, Yek Koo

TOM CARTER: guitar
Tom Carter's electric guitar work weaves strands of melody, drone, fuzz, and charged silence into intricately detailed instant compositions. He lives in New York City. Best known for his work with iconoclastic acid-folk improvisers Charalambides (which he co-founded with Christina Carter in 1991), Tom Carter has focused on solo performances and recordings since 2012. His 2015 double LP on Three Lobed Records Long Time Underground is the final installment of a trilogy begun in 2009 with The Dance From Which All Dances Come and continued with 2014's Numinal Entry. Long Time Underground was selected as the number-one experimental album of 2015 by The Out Door/ Pitchfork.

Tom Carter frequently collaborates with other musicians. His regular projects include a duo with No Neck Blues Band co-founder Pat Murano, free-rock improvisers Eleven Twenty-Nine (Carter, Marc Orleans, and Michael Evans), Spiderwebs (with Houston guitarist Sandy Ewen), Sarin Smoke (with Pete Swanson), Badgerlore (with Rob Fisk, Ben Chasny, and others), and various ensembles with Bay Area sound artist and composer Robert Horton. Other fellow travelers have included Gate, Loren Connors, Jandek, Bardo Pond, Tom Surgal, Thurston Moore, Steve Gunn, Dredd Foole, Pip Proud, Tim Barnes, Aaron Rosenblum, Dora Bleu, Sam Shalabi, Marcia Bassett, Christian Kiefer, Paul Flaherty, Tetuzi Akiyama, Shawn David McMillen, Inca Ore, Starving Weirdos, Ensemble Economique, Helena Espvall, Robert Millis, and Matt Valentine, among many others.

Originally from Syracuse, NY, Michael Hentz has performed in the experimental duo American Sphinx along with drummer Jarek Miller alongside many experimental performers such as Tom Carter, Zs, Expo 70, Blues Control, Loren Connors, Magik Markers, and others.  Hentz moved to Brooklyn in 2010 and performed solo as Heavy Hymns and joined John Bohannon with his project Ancient Ocean which opened up for such acts as Destruction Unit, Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O)), Byron Westbrook and others.  Solace, his first proper solo release on House of Alchemy, taps into the cosmic other: "weaving guitars and synth together to create something that is lush and entrancing".  Hentz just recently finished a tour with Yek Koo and currently resides in Los Angeles. 

YEK KOO: pocket trumpet, tape
yek koo is the solo project of visual and performing artist Helga Fassonaki (half of free psych duo Metal Rouge), often appearing in a ragged stripped-down cloak of distorted guitar, wailing vocals, pocket trumpet, cassette loops, and body movements.  Originally from Los Angeles, she spent the last few years in the East Coast refining her own language for navigating the terrain of performance both with and without ‘the missing element’ – the live contact between audience and performer. 

Fassonaki has performed at Audio Foundation Gallery (Auckland, NZ), The Lab (San Francisco) Open Melody Festival at UC Irvine (CA), Ear&Eye Festival (Auckland, NZ), On Land Festival (San Francisco), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Public Fiction (Los Angeles), Whitney Biennial 2012 (NYC), Cafe Oto (London, UK), Wave Farm (NY), and a multitude of other galleries, venues, and radio stations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand with an upcoming cassette release on Drawing Room Records. She has collaborated with Andrew Scott, Zaïmph, Gabie Strong, Matana Roberts, Kathleen Kim, Julia Santoli, and Kelly Coats to name a few.