Levon Henry

Star Rover, Cantina

Tue, April 19, 2016

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Levon Henry
Levon Henry is a woodwind multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer/arranger currently living in New York City.
Star Rover
Will Graefe (Jesse Harris, Larkin Grimm) and Jeremy Gustin (Marc Ribot, Albert Hammond, Jr.) spent 2012 in a Bushwick loft – modest but airy and bright, with a wall of windows – so that, in the moments when their attention wavered from music, they could watch garbage trucks unloading across the street. Perhaps this is the reason that their attention so rarely wavered. While dissecting the records of John Fahey, Sonny Sharrock, Lighting Bolt, and Leadbelly, among others, they discovered other music yet-to-be-played and yet-to-be-heard.

After months of improvising, writing and rehearsing, Graefe and Gustin recorded Western Winds Bitter Christians with engineer/producer Cedar Appfel (Nature Boy, Masterface, House on a Hill) live in two urgent sessions. By the end of tracking, both sobriety and a fine vintage tape machine had been sacrificed. And yet, listening to the dirge that opens Rye, the last tune of those sessions, one hears a practiced calm in the face of inebriation and exhaustion.

Star Rover’s original compositions use John Fahey’s guitar playing as a launching point for interstellar explorations. The title track on Western Winds Bitter Christians is a call to attention, a blast of grungy backwoods distortion. It’s crooked like an Appalachian fiddle tune, sour like a Mississippi lament, but still brash and majestic.

When Star Rover plays Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, CA (a Fahey composition) the melody is slowed altered and carefully re-orchestrated for drum set and guitar. The result sounds less like two instruments than a tight ensemble of ten. Those 6 strings, kick, snare, tom, and cymbals separate and recombine, lead and accompany, and alternately push and pull the time with incredible variety. Rhythmic drive comes as often from Will Graefe’s guitar as it does from the drum set; Jeremy Gustin’s languid drumming is full of song-like melodies; and a casually precise blend of kick drum and low guitar strings provides ample bass-register harmonic grounding.
Cantina is Renata Zeiguer’s growing music project. Horizons was recorded last spring with the help of Adam Schatz, Ian Chang, Ian Davis, and Alex Jacobs.
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
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