Will Guthrie All Ages Free Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., June 13, 8 p.m. 2015

In 2008 my hearing was realigned by a stunning concert of improvised electro-acoustic music from electronic sound artist Jérôme Noetinger, saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet, and percussionist Will Guthrie. The performance, organized by experimental-music presenter Lampo, was as visceral as it was tactile, each musician creating abstract, almost radiophonic utterances that hit like missiles guided by composerly logic, and playing a standard kit, Guthrie, an Australian based in Nantes, France, punctuated the proceedings with gut-thudding rumbles and explosive accents while otherwise fitting into the liquid flow. The 2011 album Face Off (Erstwhile) is a similarly compelling duo effort with Noetinger that sends my imagination to town every time I play it. But Guthrie also thrives at improvising in a more conventional setting, battering his toms like a jackhammer in Ames Room, his trio with Guionnet and bassist Clayton Thomas. And he can go either way when he performs solo: his 2012 album Sticks, Stones & Breaking Bones (Lespourricords) is a virtual carpet bomb of furious beats, but on his bracing new solo cassette, Stepped Stoned (Astral Spirits), he morphs his cymbals into spell casters by creating a hydroplaning drone of subtle ringing, pinging, and vibrating that’s judiciously accented by low toms and metallic clangs, though he gets pretty aggressive near the end of the piece. —Peter Margasak

Price: free with RSVP at lampo.org

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