Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Illuminating » Hans Fjellestad and GE Stinson

Sushi Contemporary Performing and Visual Arts
390 Eleventh Ave. (at J St), San Diego, CA 92101
Reservations: 619-235-8466
$15.00 / $10.00 students
8PM - Map

GE Stinson, guitar, computer, electronics (LA)
Hans Fjellestad, Moog synthesizer, analog electronics (LA)
BK Bynum, visual projections

Hans Fjellestad and G.E. Stinson are improvising musicians of inexplicable origin and undetermined destination. Coming from many disparate influences their unspoken intention is to construct coherent spontaneous compositions while mutating individual sound until it is rendered unrecognizable as any known form of music. Employing computer, analog synths + sequencers, one conventional instrument and far too many electronic effects, Fjellestad and Stinson create lush and pixelated textural frequencies that defy classification.

Hans Fjellestad

Los Angeles musician and filmmaker Hans Fjellestad tours and records extensively as a solo artist and in collaboration with numerous players on the experimental music scene in over a dozen countries. A "mad scientist improviser" (International DJ Magazine) and "master of analogue synthesis" (The WIRE), his music has been described as "unbridled sonic freedom ... raw, almost shamanic energy that embodies the true essence of unrestricted music" (XLR8R). As filmmaker, Hans is best known as the director of the feature documentary, MOOG, about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. He also programs and hosts ResBox, the monthly music series at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. http://www.hansfjellestad.com/

G.E. Stinson

Birthplace: Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

Early life: migratory nomadic. Chicago at 13, hears Bo Diddley on car radio, purchases guitar. Learns to play blues listening to Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, etc. Works/hangs out with Cash Mccall, Willie Dixon, etc. '60s erupt. Flirts with success as blues rock guitarist. Experiments with other music forms. Starts learning Charlie Parker tunes. Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" alters direction. Starts improvising.

1974: co-founds Shadowfax. Relocates to Los Angeles. Success and eventual dissatisfaction.

1989: jettisons into Los Angeles underground music community. Still refining extended technique, frequency manipulation and laptop pulse programming.