Saturday 8 September 2018, 7.30pm
Marisa Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. Her deeply original work applies elements of minimalism, electronic music, drone and 20th century classical music to compositions based on blues, jazz and gospel and country music, re-imagining the landscape of American music. Onstage, she is a master storyteller, bringing warmth, wit and insight to her virtuosic compositions and arrangements.
Originally from Northern California, Anderson dropped out of college at age nineteen to walk across the US and eventually landed in Portland, Oregon, where she currently lives. Classically trained, she honed her skills playing in country, jazz and circus bands. In 2011 she released her first solo guitar record, ‘The Golden Hour’ followed by ‘Mercury' (2013) and ‘Into The Light’ (2016). She is in demand as a collaborator and composer, contributing to recent recordings by Beth Ditto, Sharon Van Etten and Circuit Des Yeux among others, as well as creating music for short films and soundtracks.
Lia Mazzari and Sholto Dobie are both artists who work with sound, environment and performance. In their collaborative work they use loose structures and and array of instruments including whips, cello, self-built organs and anything else at hand, to create performances that are at once delicate, physical, playful and absurd.
Lia has performed with Ilan Volkov, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Tarek Atoui and Ashley Paul. Sholto has released music on Cosmovisión registros andinos and OtoRoku and regularly collaborates with Ben Pritchard, he has played with Mark Harwood, Billy Steiger and Ivor Kallin.
They both live in London, where Sholto founded the concert series Muckle Mouth in 2014 and Lia founded Silver Road in 2016, a non-profit arts organisation devoted to site-specific and time-based art practises.