MOSSENEK (Mick Barr + Chuck Bettis) Performing Live at The New School
Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm
New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Space, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street
MOSSENEK consists of Mick Barr (guitar) and Chuck Bettis (throat + electronics). Both are no strangers to the extreme experimental worlds nor to each other, since they have been collaborating sporadically for well over a decade in various projects that span the musical spectrum. Mick and Chuck first met in Washington, D.C. in the late 90's where eventually they both would end up living and playing together in the same communal house known as The Embassy. After such a long period, Mossenek erupted onto this world.
Mick Barr is a musician, composer, improviser currently based in the NYC/NJ area. Notable for his relentless speed and agility on guitar and meticulous compositions, he has been an active musician for over twenty years and has released over 50 recordings. He is most known for his work with the technical duos Orthrelm and Crom Tech, the progressive black metal band Krallice, as well as his two solo projects Octis and Ocrilim. He has released records with notable labels such as Tzadik, Ipecac, Profound Lore. His compositions have been performed by ACME and Wet Ink Ensemble. He was named one of the 50 fastest guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded an unrestricted grant from the Foundation for ContemporaryArts.
Chuck Bettis was raised in the fertile HarDCore soil, nourished within Baltimore's enigmatic avant garde gatherings, and currently blossoming in New York's downtown musical tribe. He has performed with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Jamie Saft, and Afrirampo, and has recorded or played live with Ikue Mori, Nautical Almanac, Audrey Chen, Yellow Swans, Toshio Kajiwara, Mick Barr, as well as numerous punk bands, most notably the experimental punk band Meta-matics as well as the enigmatic All Scars. Besides Mossenek, currently he is currently working on many of his experimental projects such as Brown Wing Overdrive (trio with Mikey IQ Jones and Derek Morton), Mudang Rouge (quartet with Jerry Lim, Evan Rapport, Josh Blair), Period (trio with Mike Pride, Charlie Looker), Hell Hoarse (duo with Brendan Murray), Pretty Clicks (duo with Berangere Maximin) and Chatterblip (duo with Dafna Naphtali), in addition to improvising, recording, or composing with an array of musicians from around the world.
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