Paul Metzger • John Saint Pelvyn • Scott Nielsen
October 20th, 2017
Produced with NAH NAH at Helmuth Projects.
1827 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Doors: 7 pm
Space Time is pleased to present performances by two Minnesota musicians, along with San Diego's own Scott Nielsen. Each perform solo experimental strings, often with customized instruments, infusing deep folk with avant garde improvisation.
A virtuoso on a 23 string banjo he built himself, Metzger's Idiosyncratic & deeply original long form improvisations at times bring to mind American primitive guitar, the sarod of Hindustani music, or the Chinese Erhu. But refracted through his singular musical mind he creates a sonic universe all his own. Metzger’s "home made" aesthetic puts him alongside DIY mavericks like Eugene Chadbourne and his electric rake, and Charlie Nothing and his dingulators, but Metzger also posses a penchant to extract every possible sound out of an instrument that is reminiscent of the exhaustive instrumental explorations of Derek Baily. His many releases over the years have garnered high praise and helped establish him as a central voice in the world of Avant-Garde & Experimental Folk. Metzger creates a unique music evocative of some magical forgotten age, but simultaneously one deeply rooted in the eternal present when fingers touch strings.
"…Metzger’s banjo and guitar contain multitudes. Suspended between past and future, honouring the tradition while hijacking it, listening for its voice while revelling in its inarticulacies; this is how the thing sings. And the song, in the obsessive extensions of Metzger’s instruments, truly has no ending." - The Wire
John Saint Pelvyn
Guitarist, therminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is on tour this fall with his new solo release A Clerical Error in Shasta County Shouldn't have to Ruin a Saturday Night from Seeland/Electro Motive Records. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey, Loren Mazzacane-Connors, and Sandy Bull can be heard here, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He will sing otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself fingerpicking, or will throw modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.
"When wandering the stage singing into the F-holes of his electric arch top bringing forth arpeggios of feedback, or waving the neck of his guitar in the vicinity of a howling theremin, indeed, he seems to be playing the very air itself." - Electro Motive
Scott is a multimedia artist, sound designer, musician, composer, performer, instrument builder, and audio engineer from San Diego, California. Scott has taught courses in the Audio/Recording Arts, Computer Music, Sound Design, and Sound Synthesis at Miramar College, DePaul University and the Illinois Institute of Art. In addition to teaching, Scott has kept up a busy schedule. His Sound Designs for theatre have been heard at the Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven, CT), The Victory Theatre (Chicago, IL), The Merle Reskin Theatre (Chicago, IL), the North Park Theatre (San Diego, CA), as well as in various storefronts, warehouses and other non-traditional theatrical spaces around the country. Scott’s sound installations and experimental performances have been experienced at the Yale Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), Five Funerals at The Charnel House (Chicago, IL), San Diego Art Institute, Space 4 Art (San Diego, CA), The Carlsbad Music Festival (Carlsbad, CA), the San Diego Experimental Guitar Show (Stay Strange SDXG), Low Gallery (San Diego, CA) among many others. Scott currently performs regularly in the experimental Audio/Visual ensemble Die Mißbildungen Des Menschen, and with his Harmonics Guitar in a collaborative duo with Michael Zimmerman, and his own solo works.