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 Charlotte Street is pleased to host Sycamore House, a series of performances presented and curated by Kansas City composer and musician, Shawn Hansen. This July 18th showcase is the first in the series and features performances by A Pairing, Expo 70, and Chris Forsyth. Justin Wright of Expo 70 and Chris Forsyth are guitarists with different approaches to playing and expanding upon the rock lexicon.  At first glances, their palettes are similar and the sonorities have like origins; however, the resulting styles and execution are completely different.  By performing back-to-back, these two sets juxtapose the similarities and differences for the audience. A Pairing performs its own answer to this juxtaposition.

Date: July 18 featuring A PAIRING, EXPO 70, + CHRIS FORSYTH
Time: Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm
Venue: La Esquina / 1000 W. 25th St. KCMO 64108
Tickets: $8 suggested donation

A Pairing is a collaboration between Shawn Hansen and upright bassist, Neal J. Wilson.  A Pairing is an experiment in restraint and endurance.  Most of the compositions are rules for improvisation that have been completely stripped of musical form, leaving the simplest concept possible.  These concepts are derived from questions which the performance hopes to answer.  At its heart, A Pairing starts with a duo, and expands as a set of instruments and players are “paired” with the concept, the venue, and other groups on the bill. This particular composition will comprise of four to eight members.  Listen to A Pairing performance.

Expo 70‘s set is comprised of a solo performance by Justin Wright. Since beginning the project in Los Angeles in 2003, Wright has pushed his project to new levels. His first album Animism (2007, Kill Shaman) is an eclectic mix of krautrock, ambient drone, space exploration and minimal compositions. Wright’s recent release Black Ohms (Beta-lactam Ring Records) brings new life to the term drone and creates a world of sound to catch the listener’s subconscious and drift them to alien lands and foreign terrain while maintaining a dreamlike quality through shifting melodies and moods. Mostly comprised of single guitar improvisations, Wright manifests rich textures and brooding low end passages full of energy that sound like long synth compositions akin to early Tangerine Dream and early minimalist composers like Terry Riley. Learn more about Expo 70.

Chris Forsyth performs solo guitar and kicks off his Midwest Tour and solo record release, Kenzo Deluxe. His hypnotic compositions assimilate art rock texture with folk, blues, and experimental influences. Long active in the improv/experimental underground, Forsyth has released a series of acclaimed solo and band-oriented records. Forsyth was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and resides in Philadelphia. Learn more about Chris Forsyth.

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