Delicate Monster Both Art Cohen (guitar) and Steve Bowman (synths) love to arg ue about what makes g ood music-with each other and with anybody else who feels as passionat ely as the y do. Through Delicate Monster, they make their arguments
When Art and Steve disagree with each other, it's a consequence of their divergent musical backgrounds. Art is rooted in psychedelic guitar,Berlin-school spacemusic, and American folk. He's been a fixture on the
Philly music scene for 25 years-you may know him as half of the duo The Ministry of Inside Things (with Chuck van Zyl). Steve has a musty degree in Music from Harvard, where he first encountered the Buchla. He draws his influence from classical music and radical composers like Ives, Stockhausen, Subotnick, Monteverdi, Bach, and Ligeti. (Their musical tastes do overlap with the Grateful Dead and Captain Beefheart). Art pushes Steve to let the music be clear and simple and to groove on the repetition. Steve pushes Art to surrender to his weird side and luxuriate in the complexity of counterpoint and the thrill of abject dissonance. Playing together off and on for 20 years, Art and Steve have managed to merge their stylistic differences into a novel musical language that is Delicate Monster.
Beck-Fields - Composer Jeremy D. Beck brings his ethereal aesthetics through guitar, piano, and voice to the electronic genius of William Fields, a veteran in atmospheric and dance works alike. Together they recognize no boundaries of style or genre. The duo is always expanding upon architectures and projections of sound, afforded by their near limitless collection of instruments and knobs. The result is a vast spread of original and unique scenery through the chance realm of improvisation.
Tom Carter - Tom Carter's electric guitar work weaves spare strands of melody into towering long-form drones, sculpting a rich landscape from both high-volume grit and charged silence. Although best known for his work with iconoclasts Charalambides, which he co-founded with Christina Carter in 1991, Carter has recently focused on his eponymous duo with No Neck Blues Band co-founder Pat Murano; Sarin Smoke, his duo with Pete Swanson; and his solo performances and recordings, which have increasingly featured visual components - including collaborations with filmmakers Martha Colburn and Margarida Garcia.
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