Our first music show of the year celebrates those explorers that wander beyond the edges of melody. Dallas has a very active and rich –yet not always visible enough– experimental
Our first music show of the year celebrates those explorers that wander beyond the edges of melody. Dallas has a very active and rich –yet not always visible enough– experimental scene; we’ve invited some of its most talented artists to showcase what’s going on in the local outskirts of sound. Don’t miss the opportunity to be dazzled by the ethereal beauty of Lily Taylor + the challenging sounds of Monte Espina and Cut Shutters.
“Taylor’s extremely diverse background informs her artistic voice without overtaking the singular vision explored on [her album] The Ride. She has studied contemporary, Western classical, jazz, funk, R&B, West African and Middle Eastern/Balkan music at College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Over the last decade she has performed with experimental rock bands, Americana, Turkish and Classical ensembles, noise shows, indie-pop bands, jazz bands, DJs and hip hop crews. With such a diverse background, Taylor is capable of whatever she puts her mind to. That makes the striking originality of her album all the more special. The Ride is currently available in digital format, vinyl and cassette tape.”
–Wanz Dover, Dallas Observer.
Taylor also locks harmony and tours nationally with San Francisco’s darling, Karina Denike and her band. She has collaborated with dancers, performance artists, musicians, poets, fashion designers, and artists around the Bay Area and the state of Texas- exploring the art of Drag, dive rock clubs, vintage jazz halls, SoMA theaters, parlors, galleries, and underground venues of San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; Portland, OR; Providence, RI; Cambridge, MA; New York, NY; Denton, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and Dallas, TX. Other projects include: experimental/noise acts: Ulnae, Locations, and XIOIX ; Hip Hop collaborations with Juicy The Emissary, Joey Mousepad; Jazz collaboration with Daniel Fabricant, The Cottontails with Karina Denike, Drizzoletto and Octomutt; dance and electronic music collaboration with Brian Mayhall. Taylor tours her solo material in California and the Southwest regularly, currently collaborating with husband and video artist, Sean Patrick Miller.
Monte Espina is an electroacustic free improvisation duo consisting of Ernesto Montiel and Miguel Espinel. The group focuses on the use of amplified sounds and signal processing to create evolving soundscapes and musical forms. Montiel and Espinel, both Venezuelan born, met in early 2016 while attending experimental music shows around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. They began creating music in the summer of 2016 and shortly after got opportunities to perform live.
Miguel Espinel is a Venezuelan musician and composer currently based in Texas. Espinel is interested in electroacoustic composition, intermedia work, as well as structured and free improvisation. His influences include electroacoustic music, various types of heavy metal, progressive and avant-garde rock, ambient, noise, among others. Espinel lived in Bryan, TX for about a decade, where he played guitar, bass or drums for bands such as Throne of Odin, Casuist, Redmeadow, Galactic Morgue, Ride at Anchor, Drapetomania, Domain of Arnheim, and others. He also started a few solo projects and wrote the music for the collaborative conglomerate Todeshuhn. While living in Denton, TX, Espinel played drums for the blackened-doom metal/ambient noise act Cacodemon and has been developing the processed soundscapes electroacustic solo act Tangencial Meandering; some of this later ideas has become foundational and fluent on what has become Monte Espina.
Ernesto Montiel was born in Maracaibo, has been playing free improvisation steadily with some projects since the mid-nineties (El Jaibo, Metra, Los Jardineros Del Chance, Gabinete Sonoro Goma Espuma, Oso/Malderabia) and is a visual artist that for some years has been developing a chance driven body of work that he has named Stochastic Ethics. Also has been a dj for some decades, lately under the name Mutarrancho.
You can listen to their work here.
Cut Shutters is a duo between artists Adriana Valls and Chase Gardner. Both aim to challenge themselves and their listeners through their exploration of ideas in composition and performance within their own personal experiences together and the urge to dabble in the unusual and absurd. Recently, they have performed many events throughout Denton and Dallas as well as released their debut album, “It Will Make Sense for Now” on local Dallas label Art for Motels. Today, Chase and Adriana are looking towards what is in front of them in order to project themselves upon the world. Cut Shutters like to tell you what they’re thinking about and share what moments they capture together.
Check them out here.
(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas