New Ghosts Presents Three Experimental Musicians at Mahall’s Apartment


Sun 8/11 @ 8PM

Three musicians will be part of the next concert presented by Cleveland’s New Ghosts, which describes its mission as “devoted to bringing improvised music in the tradition of Cleveland saxophonist Albert Ayler.”

Bassoonist Dana Jessen, guitarist Shane Parish and guitarist/vocalist Wendy Eisenberg are all dedicated to pushing the boundaries of their musical worlds.

Jessen is an Oberlin-based new music specialist, devoted to taking the bassoon places it hasn’t been before. She co-founded reed quintet Splinter Reeds, and has performed with numerous experimental ensembles. She’s currently an associate professor of Contemporary Music and Improvisation at the Oberlin Conservatory.

Parrish performs on both electric and acoustic guitars, as a soloist and with avant-rock band Shane Parish Ahleuchatistas. He absorbs and transforms folk, jazz and contemporary avant-garde music, creating his own original works as he stretches the capabilities of his instrument to the breaking point. He and Eisenberg have a duo album called Nervous Systems.

Eisenberg is an improvising guitarist, banjo player, vocalist, songwriter/composer and poet who incorporates musical vocabularies of free jazz, new music, metal and art song. Eisenberg’s debut record as an improviser, Its Shape Is Your Touch, came out in October 2018.

Jessen will do a bassoon solo set to open the evening, followed by a duo from Eisenberg and Parrish. A trio group improvisation will conclude the concert. It takes place at the Mahall’s Apartment space. Tickets are a sliding scale from $10-$15, depending on what you can afford.

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