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Live In-Studio at Hollow Earth Radio: Uneasy Chairs, Paul Metzger, John St. Pelvyn, and Freman

  • Hollow Earth Radio 2018 East Union Street Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)

Hollow Earth Radio presents an in-studio live in the flesh @ 2018 E. Union St, on-air @ 104.9 FM and online @ feat.

Uneasy Chairs (Seattle)

Patrick Neill Gundran is a guitarist residing in Seattle, Washington. After years of conventional songwriting and playing he began focusing on experimenting and collaborating live as an improvisor in 2013 as Uneasy Chairs. Elements of his approach involve deep listening, free improvisation and minimalism. He has worked live and in the studio with many other free improvisors from a variety of sonic backgrounds as well as exploring the interaction of sound and movement by collaborating with Butoh performers. All along his goal his been more spiritual and transformative rather than purely musical or noise-making. To delve deeper into the present moment with sound and performance, to connect with the environment and others and to break free from conceptual thinking.

Paul Metzger (MN)

A master on a self-built 23 string banjo, Paul Metzger’s Idiosyncratic & deeply original long form improvisations bring to mind American primitive guitar, the sarod of Hindustani music, or the Chinese Erhu. But fundamentally, his music grows from a deep commitment to exploring every possible expressive sound that can be extracted from his instrument. His ‘home-made’ aesthetic has drawn comparisons to DIY mavericks like Charlie Nothing and his Dingulators or Eugene Chadbourne with his electric rake, but the depth of Metzger’s explorations led David Keenan to assert in Wire magazine that Metzger’s playing “reveals the true meaning of virtuosity”. A key voice in the world of avant-garde & experimental folk, he creates a music evocative of some magical forgotten age, but is simultaneously deeply rooted in the eternal present when fingers touch strings.

"Like Cage and Corner’s pianos, Metzger’s banjo and guitar contain multitudes. Suspended between past and future, honouring the tradition while hijacking it, listening for its voice while revelling in its inarticulacies; this is how the thing sings. And the song, in the obsessive extensions of Metzger’s instruments, truly has no ending." – The Wire.

John Saint Pelvyn (MN)

Guitarist, thereminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is a musical enigma of the best kind. At the root of his playing is something akin to traditional stride, but rich with quivering whammy bar wobble and shimmering feedback. He often plays the tailfin strings of his archtop like one would play harmonics, or retunes seamlessly mid-stream to create a shifting temperament across the length of a piece. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey and Loren Mazzacane-Connors can be heard here, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He will sing otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself fingerpicking, or will throw modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.

“When wandering the stage singing into the F-holes of his electric arch top bringing forth arpeggios of feedback, or waving the neck of his guitar in the vicinity of a howling theremin, indeed, he seems to be playing the very air itself.” – Electro Motive Records

Lauren Freman (Seattle)

Doors at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm.
On-air at & 104.9 FM

$7-15 donation / no one turned away for lack of funds

Always all-ages
No drinking or drugs in or around the space, please

The main space is ADA accessible; the bathroom is down a long hallway with one small step down.

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