MARK TRECKA / BETH REMIS (PILLARS AND TONGUES) fr. Chicago + ELEPHANT MICAH fr. Kentuckiana
w/ Col Parmisan (Rochester)
and Malaria Control
Sugar city 19 Wadsworth St Buffalo, ny
$ 5 donation
These performances will feature Mark Trecka and Elizabeth Remis, both of Pillars and Tongues, performing material both within and outside of the Pillars canon.
Pillars and Tongues is a trio based in Chicago, IL, whose musical pursuits seem to defy genre categorization. Speaking literally, the trio makes extended use of the human voice, violin, double bass, drums, bells and organs. The music is perhaps distinctly American in both its affair with American forms and its refusal to adhere to them at all. In the past two years, the group has released a handful of limited recordings on several American boutique labels, as well as more extensive releases with San Francisco’s Empty Cellar and Chicago’s Contraphonic labels. Additionally, their unique style has been tapped via: a stint supporting Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy throughout Canada and the west coast; prominent participation in the last two records by Joan of Arc; and a variety of performances with the likes of The Cairo Gang, Dirty Three, Daniel Higgs, Sir Richard Bishop, and many others. Pillars and Tongues has performed over 250 concerts in the past two years, touring extensively throughout the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
-Last month’s Pitchfork review of the newest Pillars and Tongues release: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14016-lay-of-pilgrim-park/
Kentuckiana’s ELEPHANT MICAH has been practicing the fine art of flying under the radar for almost a decade now. In the middle 2000s, along string of home-fi folk rock albums (released by BlueSanct Records and Time-Lag Records) earned the band praise from avant-music mag The Wire and overseas gigs with Jason Molina’s Magnolia Electric Company. In 2010, ELEPHANT MICAH returns with a major CD/LP release on Time-Lag Recordsand its first American tour in five years. ELEPHANT MICAH is the name of a music collective led by musician Joe O’Connell. In addition, he has released work on his own LRRC (Luddite Rural Recording Cooperative), which has also released work from collaborators Justin Vollmar and Jason Henn.