April 2007

Avant Gentlemen's Lodge4028 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $5 General Admission
Friday, February 9, 2007 - 9:00pm

Nels Cline-Toshi Makihara Duo

Nels Cline, el. guitar
Toshi Makihara, percussion

Nels Cline is one of the most versatile, imaginative and original guitarists active today. Combining breathtaking technique with an informed musical intelligence, Cline displays a mastery of guitar expression that encompasses delicate lyricism, sonic abstractions, and skull-crunching flights of fancy, inspiring JazzTimes to call him, "The World's Most Dangerous Guitarist." Born in Los Angeles in 1956, his earliest musical influences included Jim "Roger" McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Fahey and Duane Allman. Later these giants as well as those of jazz, jazz/rock, punk and the improvising avant-garde twisted his head around.

Cline claims his most valuable music training came from his work with bassist/multi-instrumentalist Eric von Essen, with whom he performed as a duo from 1977 until von Essen's untimely death in 1997. In the late 1970s, Cline played in the chamber-jazz group Quartet Music with his brother, percussionist Alex Cline, violinist Jeff Gauthier and bassist von Essen. Quartet Music recorded 4 albums and toured extensively, a 12 year run that was highlighted by two performances in 1989 with the Milwaukee Symphony for which Nels arranged several of his compositions. Cline's 1987 Enja release, Angelica, which added New York City altoist Tim Berne to a roster of longtime Cline collaborators Alex Cline, Stacy Rowles, Eric von Essen, is a fine example of his work from this period. In 1989, the guitarist formed the amped-up Nels Cline Trio, a worthy vehicle for Cline's guitar excursions, which range from probing, reflective balladry to bracing freeform assaults. The Nels Cline Trio recorded 4 CDs, Chest, Ground, Sad and Silencer. The success of the trio format served as a launching pad for Cline's current band, The Nels Cline Singers, which features drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Devin Hoff.

Some of the musicians that Nels has performed and/or recorded with include: Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Mike Watt, Tim Berne, Mark Dresser, Bobby Bradford, Zeena Parkins, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, Gregg Bendian, Mark Isham, The Geraldine Fibbers, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Kaiser, Banyan, Bloc, fIREHOSE, Carla Bozulich and Scott Amendola. Artists that Nels currently performs with include: Wilco, Scarnella, The Scott Amendola Band, the Jeff Gauthier Goatette, a duo with percussionist Glenn Kotche, a trio with Andrea Parkins and Tom Rainey, Banyan and The Nels Cline Singers.

Toshi Makihara studied drums, percussion and improvisation with Sabu Toyozumi, a prominent percussionist in Tokyo. Since arriving in the United States, he has worked with various new music ensembles as well as with numerous dance and theater companies internationally. Makihara has worked with Joel Thome's WORLD SOUND, and provided original music to Arden Theater Company, Diversions Dance Company (Wales), Pennsylvania Ballet, ZeroMoving Dance Company, Merian Soto / Performance Practice, Leah Stein Dance Company and Zornitsa Stoyanova's Here[begin] Dance Company. Over the years, he has worked with musicians including Steve Beresford, Peter Brotzmann, John Butcher, Nels Cline, Eugene Chadbourne, Tom Cora, Amy Denio, Thurston Moore, William Parker and John Zorn. He has also collaborated with poets, visual artists, filmmakers and performance artists widely.


Charles Cohen-Yanni Papadopoulos Duo
Charles Cohen, Buchla Music Easel
Yanni Papadopoulos, dg-20 Casio digital guitar

This performance will feature Buchla Music Easel master Charles Cohen and Stinking Lizaveta’s Yanni Papadopoulos.

Rick Iannacone-John Swana Duo
Rick Iannacone, guitar
John Swana, trumpet

This duo will feature guitarist Rick Iannacone - who has worked frequently with Jamaaladeen Tacuma - and trumpeter John Swana - who has worked with the Mingus Big Band, Freddie Hubbard, Uri Caine, Peter Bernstein, Ravi Coltrane, Bobby Watson, and many others.