Nick Millevoi, Eric Carbonara, Joey Molinaro, Michael Vallera | Elastic | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Nick Millevoi, Eric Carbonara, Joey Molinaro, Michael Vallera All Ages Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Sat., April 19, 9:30 p.m. 2014

Guitarist, composer, and engineer Eric Carbonara has played with and recorded the late Jack Rose, and he contributed a track to the fifth volume of Imaginational Anthem (Tompkins Square), a periodical compendium of folk-derived solo acoustic guitar. But he doesn’t trade in the American Primitive style that Rose championed (and that the Imaginational Anthem records have often documented); on his latest albums, both of which collect mostly improvised duos with harpist Jesse Sparhawk, Carbonara plays mainly upright chaturangui, a guitar-sitar hybrid developed by Debashish Bhattacharya whose expanded tonal range and resonating sympathetic strings are well suited to Hindustani classical music. But Carbonara doesn’t play Hindustani classical either; his briskly paced, purposefully winding lines owe more to flamenco and West African guitar music. For this show he’ll bring a semiacoustic arch-top guitar, which will allow him to balance an acoustic instrument’s clarity and tone with flickering drones and a bit of grimy distortion. —Bill Meyer

Price: $7

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