Concert: Hush Arbors/Jason Ajemian

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701 Center for Contemporary Arts Plus Series presents:

Hush Arbors/Jason Ajemian:

The Two of Us Riding Nowhere Tour

Sunday, January 16, 2011

8:00 pm; doors open at 7:00 pm

Admission: $10; $8, 701 CCA members; $5, students

For its first concert of the new year, 701 Center for Contemporary Art presents on Sunday, January 16, 2011, 8:00 p.m., “Hush Arbors & Jason Ajemian: The Two of Us Riding Nowhere.” The concert will feature guitarist and songwriter Hush Arbors, a.k.a. Keith Wood, and upright bass player Jason Ajemian.

Hush Arbors/ Keith Wood, has gone from “soft and hypnotically picked folk songs” to “belting rock records,” David Morris of Hinterground.com wrote.  The London-based guitarist and songwriter, a native of Virginia, is a member of Current 93 and Voice Of The Seven Thunders. Wood played for sold-out crowds at the ATP festival and shared the bill with Sonic Youth.

Jason Ajemian, no stranger to Columbia audiences, is among experimental jazz’s most exciting and innovative bass players. He has played with Ken Vandermark, Dave Rempis and other stars of the genre. He has toured solo, including his February 2010 gig at 701 CCA. Ajemian has performed in over 15 countries and at world-renowned art events and venues like The Basel Art Fair in Switzerland, The Palais De Tokyo in Paris, the Festival Della Creativa in Florence and the 50th Anniversary of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

Ajemian and Wood are old friends. “After 20 years of playing music apart and together,” Wood says, “we’ve decided to take it on the road and roll like we always roll.”

Nashville, TN, writer James Jackson Toth wrote of Hush Arbors 2009 record Yankee Reality:  “This is a classic, timeless, ageless American album, full of hope and yearning, beauty and melancholy, and which pours out stories like flowers. Are these rainbow-at-end-of-the-world songs? Or heart’s break/heart’s ease-at-the-end-of-the-road songs? Anyway, I thought of horses and acid, death sleeping in a shack, the river bursting its banks and grinning like whisky, the birdlight and fading empires. Starry, dreamlike, plaintive, gorgeous and broken, Yankee Reality is a perfect and utterly individual work, endlessly inventive yet instantly recognizable as being in a noble and generous tradition.”

Jacksonville, FL, reviewer Jack Diablo wrote about a 2009 solo performance by Ajemian that the musician “coaxed the audience to the floor below the stage, politely asked for their attention, and then received it in full. While his request was polite, his music demanded it. For an instrument that is normally relegated to providing accompaniment for a melody, he made the beast sing, eliciting sounds far outside its usual range.”

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