Ryan McGuire is a double Bassist from Boston, the founder/bandleader of avant metal group Ehnahre, and the Bassist for the Chaparrals.
Helena Espvall started to play electric guitar as a bored teenager in northern Sweden, and went on to take cello lessons and was never bored again.
After having played in rock bands, a silent movie orchestra, an Arabian ensemble and being inspired to play free improvised music by a shocking Eugene Chadbourne performance, she moved to the US in 2000,where she spends much of her time collaborating with dancers, playing with folk psych band Espers and singing bossa nova and Swedish traditional songs.
Helena has performed several times at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, twice at the High Zero Festival of improvised music in Baltimore, MD, at the Improvised and Otherwise Festival in Brooklyn, NY, at Big Sur experimental festival in California and at Terrastock 2006 & 2008 among others. Espvall has received grants for artist residencies in Mojacar, Spain and at CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic, and was invited to play at OpenCircuit InterAct, an international festival for improvised music in Hasselt, Belgium, last May where she performed with Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh, Daniel Carter and others. In 2006 she released her debut solo album Nimis & Arx on Fire Museum/Pax records. She has worked with Lukas Ligeti, Fursaxa, Damon & Naomi, Bert Jansch, Masaki Batoh (Ghost), Vashti Bunyan and many more.
In the next movement, Helena Espvall improvises with Bardo Pond, a band loosely formed in 1989 by guitar wielding art student siblings, Michael and John Gibbons.
Bardo Pond became a reality in 1991 with the addition of vocalist and flautist, Isobel Sollenberger, bassist, Clint Takeda and drummer, Joe Culver (replaced in 1999 by trainee librarian, Ed Farnsworth).
Mette Rasmussen is a danish saxophone player based in Trondheim, Norway.
She works in the field of improvised music, drawing from a wide range of influences. She spans from free jazz to textural soundwork.
She works on exploring the natural rawness of her instrument and dives in to experimenting on what the saxophone is capable of in sound and expression, with and without preparations.
Carbonara’s music draws on an array of rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani classical.
Over the years he has developed a unique exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease by combining self-taught, free form classical and flamenco techniques with those learned from formal studies in India from master Hindustani slide guitarist, Debashish Bhattacharya.
Philadelphia trombonist and composer Dan Blacksberg is rapidly establishing himself as one of the city’s premiere musicians, renowned as one of the leading trombonists in the world of klezmer.
Dan is making a name for himself across many genres in Philadelphia and beyond. For his opening performance for Bop Kaballah at The Little Shul, he played a short solo set based on his explorations into old Ashkenazic cantorial music.
“A virtuosic technician with abundant creativity and a drive to engage disparate and unlikely scenarios….”
All About Jazz New York
The following YouTube playlist includes Dan’s solo performances
Wexler creates sound washes on keyboard and guitar and tries to reach for new territory with each performance.
Keir Neuringer is a musician and interdisciplinary artist who is involved in creative arts communities in Poland, Holland, and the US.
He has cultivated a personal and intensely physical approach to saxophone improvisation, plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, and sings and narrates text.
After training as a composer and jazz saxophonist in the US, he spent two years on a Fulbright research grant in Krakow. He then moved to The Hague, where he curated performances for audiovisual art and earned a masters degree from the experimental ArtScience Institute.
He now lives in Philadelphia and continues to travel widely to present his work, collaborating closely with Rafal Mazur, Ensemble Klang, and Julius Masri, among many others.
Neuringer’s solo saxophone album “Ceremonies Out Of The Air” has just been released and is available on bandcamp.
In April 2014, Nick Millevoi released his latest [and greatest] album: Numbers on the Side.
Numbers on the Side is Nick’s fourth solo guitar recording, picking up where 2012’s In White Sky (The Flenser) left off, using the 12-string electric guitar to delve more deeply into feedback, drone, and noise.
Recorded in July 2013 at West Philadelphia’s Rotunda by engineer Eric Carbonara, the sound of this album relies heavily on the 103-year-old building’s high ceilings and 80-ft dome to help create the sonic space for this intense music.
In March, Philadelphia based guitarist Eric Carbonara released Tributes and Diatribes with harpist Jesse Sparhawk on VHF Records.
Told in the form of solo instrumental guitar, Carbonaraʼs lyrical playing offers the listener seven personal autobiographical narratives that play out as carefully shaped thematic song poems.
Carbonaraʼs playing draws on an array of rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani classical. Over the years he has developed a unique exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease by combining self-taught, free form classical and flamenco techniques with those learned from formal studies in India from master Hindustani slide guitarist, Debashish Bhattacharya.