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march, 2022

02marwedLittle Mazarn + Thor & Friends7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Show

Event Details

In June last year, Little Mazarn filled our backyard with magic, a month later Thor & Friends hypnotized us. Now, they are melding into one band with two names, and we can only wonder the enchanting effects will be exponentially doubled.

TICKETS: $10/person

Little Mazarn is Lindsey Verrill and Jeff Johnston, an electric banjo and singing saw duo from Austin, TX. Inspired by the 1960s primitive folk revival and early “high lonesome” Appalachian sound, as well as modern minimalism and ambient music, they combine imaginative songwriting with dreamy and innovative use of traditional instruments and textures. Since 2016 they’ve been performing live in rock clubs, folk listening rooms, and unconventional spaces such as dry riverbeds, abandoned buildings, galleries, theaters, and churches in the United States and Canada.

Polymath percussionist Thor Harris inaugurated “Thor & Friends” in the autumn of 2015 after five years of touring as the percussionist of iconic avant-rock ensemble Swans. The project is intended as a vehicle for experimentation with the conceptual vocabulary of American Minimalism collaborating with a rotating cast of Austin-based musicians. With its line-up expanding and contracting with the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts. The range of tonal color depends on what instrumentalists are present or absent from the process at any given time. Drawing on classic Minimalist composers, including Terry Riley and Steve Reich, but also amalgamate such diverse influences as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks around a polyrhythmic core of mallet-struck instruments, primarily marimba, xylophone, and vibraphone. Circling these core motifs are shifting streams of everything from processed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola, stand-up bass, clarinet, duduk, and oboe.

The range of collaborations between both bands includes Swans, Xiu Xiu, Bill Callahan, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Frost, Shearwater, Dana Falconberry, Okkervil River, and many others.

“The music of Little Mazarn is a cool float a few feet from the ground through a dimly lit, almost familiar forest. It is quieter than silence, big as everything, still but always moving. If you’ve ever had flying dreams, or an amazing nighttime bike ride on LSD, this might be a world for you. Chords are made up of notes; Little Mazarn gives them all their own moment. There are NO superfluous notes played here…Lindsey is at once a baby and a wise old man. Get in this canoe at dawn on some Texas river that remembers when Comanche slept under the stars.” Thor Harris

“Those expecting an extension of Harris’ crushingly heavy work with Swans will discover Thor & Friends to be gentler and more solemn yet intense in its own way. In some ways, this music reflects its origins in the Southwest but it’s also detached from time and space, busy ambient exploration applicable to contexts both active and meditative.”
Chris Deville, Stereogum

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***Use of mask is highly encouraged***

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Time

(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas

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