Tuesday 4 July 2017, 7.30pm

Photo by Damian Calvo & Linda Pugliese

75 Dollar Bill + Sue Garner

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“It’s hard not to slip into ridiculous hyperbole when it comes to 75 Dollar Bill. Best band in New York City? Best band in the USA? Best band in the universe? Whatever conclusion you come to personally, you’re gonna love the instrumental duo of guitarist Che Chen and percussionist Rick Brown.” – Aquarium Drunkard

“75 Dollar Bill performances are rich in the ways a moiré pattern is rich. Pit small differences in phrasing and meter against each other, wait, and waves of detail follow. You are not likely to hear a traditional solo in a 75 Dollar Bill song, no matter how many musicians are in the room. The band does its research beforehand, sets up the active ingredients, and lets them interact for as long as it takes to bring up the heat. It is a sound that conjures the old in the specific sense of music that is suitable for various kinds of social activity: dancing, mourning, commemorating, or simply beginning again.” – Sasha Frere-Jones in The Village Voice

75 Dollar Bill

75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 in New York City by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, early electric blues, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their hometown. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently draws on an extended family of players, expanding into other configurations live and on record, from compact trios to their “little big band” to 25-piece marching band. 75 Dollar Bill has released a string of cassettes and three LPs. Their most recent record, the double album I Was Real, was released in 2019 (on Thin Wrist in North America, and on tak:til, a sub-imprint of Glitterbeat, in Europe and the UK) and was named #1 record of the year by WIRE magazine.
Percussionist Rick Brown has been in bands in NYC since the late 70s, including Blinding Headache, V-Effect and Run On. Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Che Chen is also a member of the band True Primes and has been an energetic organizer and improviser in the American underground since the mid-2000s. Andrew Lafkas is based in Berlin where he continues to develop solo music and music for large ensembles thru his Model Infinity Orchestra project. He is also a member of Oceans Roar 1,000 Drums, a trio with Todd Capp and Bryan Eubanks.

75dollarbill.bandcamp.com

Sue Garner

Sue Garner has been playing with different groups and solo since the late 70’s. Two solo records To Run More Smoothly and Shadyside, and a duo LP with Rick Brown, Still, were released on Thrill Jockey. Earlier groups Run On and The Shams had multiple releases on Matador. She has worked on various of these and other projects with Doug McCombs, James McNew, JD Foster, Pat Gubler, Cheryl Kingan, Jim Pugliese, Doug Wieselman, Fred Frith, Georgia Hubley, Karen Waltuch, and many other wonderful musicians. Sue has recently been playing in a trio with Ted Reichman and Talice Lee, and has done a couple tours and local gigs with 75 Dollar Bill playing bass and percussion. She also sings and plays in an improvising quartet with Daniel Carter, Che Chen, and Amirtha Kidambi.

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