When: Sun., Nov. 6, 8 p.m. 2011
A Winged Victory for the Sullen is a new collaboration from ambient merchant Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid) and self-taught pianist and composer Dustin O'Halloran, and its self-titled debut (released by Kranky) delivers a more or less transparent merger of its members' individual interests. Wiltzie shapes patient drifts of sound while O'Halloran contributes melancholy, minimal piano melodies, and the components feel organically linked—the ethereal orchestrations are like rays of light emerging from each one of the piano's hammer strikes as they float, refract, and decay. Once the album ends, the memory of the music tends to evaporate quickly, but while it's happening there's a hypnotic, enveloping beauty to it. The recording features nine guest musicians, including Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir, but for this tour Wiltzie and O'Halloran will be joined by three string players from open-minded New York ensemble ACME. —Peter Margasak Benoit Pioulard and Ken Camden open.