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Luke Stewart & Sarah Louise Henson duo w/Dylan Aycock

Sarah Louise composes, improvises and writes songs for multiple instruments. Known primarily for her work with solo 12-string guitar, she has been praised by Pitchfork as “one of the most exciting figures in solo guitar music” and by NPR as a creator of “new languages” for the guitar. She has released records on Scissor Tail and VDSQ as a solo artist and has released an album on Thrill Jockey as part of the critically acclaimed avant-Appalachian duo House and Land. Her solo debut for Thrill Jockey, Deeper Woods (May 2018), is a meditation on her home in the Appalachian mountains through lushly arranged songs that she recorded and produced herself. Louise plays regularly in duo form with free guitar master Tashi Dorji and just completed an improvised electric guitar tour with Kryssi Battalene and Rosali. Sarah Louise’s work with music extends beyond her own music-making as co-founder of  S P I N S T E R, an intersectional feminist record label devoted to the connections between traditional, radical and experimental music. Look for their first release in summer 2018 in collaboration with Scissor Tail Records.

Multi-Instrumentalist Luke Stewart is a DC-based musician and organizer of important musical presentations. He also has a presence in the national and international professional music community. He was profiled in the Washington Post in early 2017 as “holding down the jazz scene,” selected as “Best Musical Omnivore” in the Washington City Paper’s 2017 “Best of DC,” and in the 2014 People Issue of the Washington City Paper as a “Jazz Revolutionary,” citing his multi-faceted cultural activities throughout DC. In DC his regular ensembles include Trio OOO with legendary DC Free Jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin, Six-Six, a duo with guitarist Anthony Pirog, experimental jazz trio Heart of the Ghost, and experimental electronic group MOM^2 (Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind).  As a solo artist, his recent interests are in compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore real-time harmonic and melodic possibilities. He has performed at many of Washington’s high-profile venues including the Kennedy Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, 9:30 Club, Black Cat, and many others throughout DC’s storied DIY community. Luke is also a presence in the greater community of Creative Musicians, with regular multi-city ensembles including Ancestral Duo, Irreversible Entanglements featuring Moor Mother, James Brandon Lewis Trio, Heroes are Gang Leaders, and has performed in a myriad of other notable collaborations. He has been a featured artist at the Vision Festival, Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music, Fields Festival, Philadelphia Free Form Festival, Forward Festival, Furious Flower Poetry Festival, and has toured abroad at North Sea Jazz Festival, Toulouse Jazz Festival, Vitoria Jazz Festival, Belgrade Jazz Festival, and Rotterdam Jazz Festival. As a scholar/performer, he has performed and lectured at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Medgar Evers College, George Mason University, Wayne State University, University of Montana, New Mexico State University, and the University of South Carolina.

Dylan Aycock’s recordings weave ambient, experimental, and classical influences into the fabric of traditional American musical styles. Flecks of country and blues appear, but they’re mutated into enveloping soundscapes that go far beyond those genres’ tropes.” -Decoder

Friday, April 13th, 2018 | 7:30 PM  10:30 PM | $6 - $10

Earlier Event: April 12
Håkon Berre & Aram Shelton
Later Event: April 18
Signal Problems & TBA