Aidan Baker + A-Sun Amissa + Dean McPhee

Aidan Baker

Thursday 21 February 2013


Door Times : 8pm

Tickets : £6.50 adv


Bird on the Wire presents....


Aidan Baker is a classically trained musician in flute, self-taught on guitar, drums, and various other instruments. As a solo artist, Baker explores the deconstructive sonic possibilities of the electric guitar, creating music that ranges from and incorporates elements of experimental, ambient, jazz, metal, post-rock, and contemporary classical music. In addition to his solo work, Baker also performs with the following ensembles: Nadja, Whisper Room, Infinite Light Ltd., Adoran, B/B/S/, Caudal, and ARC.


A-Sun Amissa is a new project formed out of Leeds, UK by members of Glissando. Built on the foundations of the unknown, a project that encompasses minimalist drones, modern-classical movements and avant-garde tendencies.

Richard Knox (Glissando / 'The Rustle of the Stars' / Of Thread & Mist) & Angela Chan (Glissando / 'The Rustle of the Stars' / Ten / Tomorrow We Sail) began forming initial ideas in the Autumn of 2011, moving away from the piano-led ambience of previous outputs. Long-time friend Owen Pegg was soon invited to join the project as the pieces developed to enable the songs the depth and intensity they require.

The trio produce a dense, drone-like atmosphere accompanying evocative, melodic string sections and intertwining guitars. The live show features sections of the recorded output combined with improvisation to unlock new movements and progressions in the music. The subtle, considered textures and the hypnotic interaction between players and instruments provide an intense live performance.


DEAN McPHEE is a Lancastrian finger-picking electric guitarist now based in West Yorkshire, whose gorgeously liquid, pure-toned playing is supremely evocative of the small splendours and grand transitions of the natural environment. His magnificent debut album proper ‘Son of the Black Peace’ has cemented the reputation won by debut EP Brown Bear.

“Dean McPhee’s debut conjures pellucid, iridescent worlds with little more than a Fender Telecaster, a tremelo pedal and a litany of liquid runs and baroque, improvised figures”. (MOJO Magazine).

“The hallmark of McPhee’s style is a picked bassline and free-ranging variations on melodic ideas via a mesmerising progression of harmonics, cleanly picked notes, full chords and string-bending arab-esques… Son of the Black Peace is a 37 minute gem of an album” (The Wire Magazine)

Loscil: 20 March 2012