Johnny Brenda's & Alabaster Museum Present:

Daniel Bachman

Glenn Jones


Ryley Walker

Saturday, August 23rd 8:00 PM
Johnny Brenda's
1201 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Johnny Brenda's and Alabaster Museum present a special concert in tribute to the late guitarist Robbie Basho. The event is also a benefit to raise funds to complete the first ever documentary film about Basho - titled Voice Of The Eagle: The Enigma Of Robbie Basho - currently in the works by London-based filmmaker Liam Barker.

The lineup for the event, which is taking place on Saturday, August 23rd features performances by Virginia based guitarist Daniel Bachman, New Jersey's Glenn Jones, Maine based folk duo Arborea, and Chicago based guitarist/singer-songwriter Ryley Walker. ….performers whose work has been inspired by Robbie Basho's music. A preview of the film in production will be featured during the evening, and a drawing to win a vinyl copy of the Robbie Basho tribute record 'We Are All One, In The Sun'...produced by Arborea for Important Records in 2010. The album made Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Best Albums of 2010, 'Editors Top Pick' Guitar Player Magazine, Pitchfork 7.9, etc. The 180 gram vinyl edition of the Basho tribute was released on the UK label alt.vinyl in a limited 300 copy edition and is now Sold Out.

About the performers

Daniel Bachman

Daniel Bachman is a 6 string and lap guitar player from Virginia currently living in Chapel Hill North Carolina. From 2007 to present he’s been releasing material of almost exclusively an instrumental nature while touring everywhere from Istanbul to Los Angeles. Bachman began using the moniker Sacred Harp, releasing tapes, cdrs and an LP until switching over to his name after a duo record was recorded with Ryley Walker of Chicago. Following the switch Bachman has recorded three full length LPs and countless small batch projects over the last three years making a fairly prolific output for someone of his relative young age.

The next album in this series is “Orange Co. Serenade” which will be coming out in the spring through Bathetic Records and is Daniels strongest work as a player and writer yet. Back to a minimal Approach with little to no overdubs and sparse accompaniment the album is solely about the tension and release between each song. From the most ecstatic blurred moment to the loneliest thud on the gut string it will help you explore the best and worst parts of yourself.

Glenn Jones

A 30-plus-year devotee of the so-called “Takoma school,” Jones has written extensively on the steel-string guitar’s leading lights: John Fahey, with whom he was friends for nearly 25 years, and Robbie Basho, who befriended Jones during the five years before his untimely death in 1986. Glenn Jones has been playing guitar since the age of 14. He formed Boston pysch-rock band, Cul de Sac, in 1989 and led it on its 20 year journey to nowhere, leaving nine albums in its wake, including collaborations with guitarist John Fahey and Can's Damo Suzuki. In 2004 Jones complemented the release of his first album of acoustic 6- and 12-string guitar instrumentals, This Is the Wind That Blows It Out, with a month-long tour of Europe and the UK with guitarist extraordinaire, Jack Rose.

What sets Glenn apart from the many devotees to this style is the combination of expressive playing and technical skill, most significantly his inventive use of alternate tunings and partial capos. As anyone knows who has seen him perform, Glenn is a remarkable storyteller, and his songs reflect that talent. The songs on Glenn’s latest, My Garden State, are evocative and redolent, and serve as a testament to Glenn’s talent for conveying a wide array of emotions, many times in one song, without saying a word.


Since 2005, Maine based wife and husband Folk duo, Shanti and Buck Curran have released 5 albums, curated two various artist compilations ('Leaves of Life' and 'We Are All One, In the Sun': a tribute to Robbie Basho), and performed throughout the US, UK, and Europe...including sessions on the BBC, NPR, WNYC, and WXPN. Arborea's 4th album 'Red Planet', released in 2011 made Rolling Stone 'Best Under-the-Radar Albums of 2011'', 'Editors Top Pick' Guitar Player Magazine, and 'Top Vinyl Pick' Mojo Magazine. Arborea's 5th album 'Fortress of the Sun' was released in 2013 on the NYC label ESP-Disk' and made AllMusic's 'Favorite Folk Albums of 2013', Acoustic Guitar Magazine's 'Best Acoustic Albums of 2013', and Echoes 'Best of 2013' Listener Poll.

Ryley Walker

Ryley is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. Having kicked around Chicago’s experimental free/noise music scene for several years, Ryley recently turned to a folk-rock sound inspired by some of his heroes, among them Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and Bert Jansch. The result is the poised and accomplished debut album 'All Kinds Of You', recorded in Chicago by Cooper Crain (guitarist/keyboardist in Cave). The album was released by Tompkins Square in April 2014.

Set Times:

Daniel Bachman - 11:00 pm
Glenn Jones - 10:00 PM
Film Preview - 9:30 pm
Arborea - 9:00 pm
Ryley Walker - 8:30 pm

About Robbie Basho

Robbie Basho (1940 - 1986) was a Berkeley-based composer, guitarist, and vocalist and one of the foremost proponents of steel string acoustic guitar as a solo concert instrument. Along with John Fahey and Leo Kottke, Basho was part of the triumvirate of pioneering guitarists on the Berkeley-based Takoma label in the 1960s. Basho went on to record for Windham Hill, and was an important influence on the label’s founder, guitarist William Ackerman. His innovative guitar compositions incorporated American folk, European, and Eastern influences, and he is credited for developing the improvisational “American raga” style.

About the Film

Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho is a journey into the heart of an artist's lifelong struggle - designed to illuminate and satiate existing fans while serving as a perfect starting point for the uninitiated. Self-funded entirely to date by director Liam Barker, Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho features interviews with Basho's former students, contemporaries and few close friends; interspersed with abstract employment of archive footage and photography of the natural phenomena and localities that informed Basho's work. Basho claimed to paint America with music; the film will attempt to transfigure Robbie Basho with sound and images.

Fire Museum Presents:

Steve Baczkowski/Bill Nace Duo

Nick Millevoi's Bug Out!

Flandrew Fleisenberg

Saturday, August 30th 8:00 PM
Pageant : Soloveev Gallery
607 Bainbridge St
Philadelphia, PA
$6-10 sliding scale

Steve Baczkowski/Bill Nace Duo (Buffalo, NY & NYC):

Multi-wind instrumentalist Steve Baczkowski lives in Buffalo, N.Y. where he works as a conduit for creative music of any & every sort. Baczkowski began playing alto saxophone at age eight, switched to baritone by the time he was twelve, and has since developed a wide array of woodwind styles & formidable breathing techniques. In addition to organizing the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra, and the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit, Baczkowski also performs solo, in duo with Ravi Padmanabha, Bill Sack, Nola Ranallo, Omar Tamez & Bill Nace and in ensembles such as Genkin Philharmonic, 12/8 Path Band, Necrophonia, the William Parker Trance Quartet, and frequent collaborations with like-souled folks from around the world.

Bill Nace is one of the premiere avant-garde guitarists active today. He has one of the most personal and unique pallets of sound ever to be culled from an electric guitar. Nace creates a distinct, mind-bending cacophony and focuses his textures with intense precision and control. He works under various guises (x.0.4 with Jake Meginsksy and John Truscinski, a duo with Paul Flaherty, Northampton Wools with Thurston Moore, and Ceylon Mange with Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance) and his own name.

Nick Millevoi's Bug Out! (Philadelphia):

The debut show of a new group exploring free jazz put together by guitarist Nick Millevoi of Many Arms, et al. With Dan Blacksberg on trombone, Julius Masri on keys and others to be announced
The Village Voice has called Nick a "guitar-wielding, audience-massacring hero," and music journal Burning Ambulance has described him as, "A fierce player who knows his way around a riff and can tie himself, and the listener, in knots with his contorted, passionate soloing." Foxy Digitalis called In White Sky, "a searing collection of exploded guitar compositions." Millevoi's music has been reviewed by SPIN, NPR Music, The Onion AV Club, Wire magazine, and many others.

Flandrew Fleisenberg (Philadelphia):

Flandrew Fleisenberg plays percussion on an assortment of everyday ephemera and modified drum parts that he has reduced and eroded through a process of playing and breaking them. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. Flandrew has been involved in the improvised and creative music community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings and in set projects. Additionally, he organizes an ongoing series of performances at the flopera house in Boston.

Fire Museum Presents:

Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury - sitar with

Sanjib Kumar Pal - tabla

Monday, September 15th 8:00 PM
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
Free (donations encouraged)

Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury is a disciple of the sitar maestro Pandit Subroto Roy-Chowdhury.  Groomed in the Veen-kar style of the Senia Gharana, which maintains the Dhrupadi origins of Indian Classical music, Indrajit strives to innovate while keeping a firm connection with the past.  While completing his undergraduate studies at Duke University, Indrajit received the Bennenson Award for the Arts to further his study of Indian Classical music.  Since then he has taken the profession of a full-time sitarist and has performed on stages across the world including such prestigious venues as Gyan Mancha (Kolkata), Hammerstein Ballroom (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.) and has had his concerts telecast by Doordarshan (Indian National Television).  During the 2010 Fall semester Indrajit was a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and taught the University's sitar course.

Sanjib Kumar Pal is a well-established tabla player based in Calcutta, known for his balanced and clear accompaniment to vocal and instrumental music. Groomed from the age of seven under teachers of his home town, Navadvip Dham, Sunil Kammakan and Hridoy Biswas of the Ustad Keramatulla Khan style of the Farukhabad Gharana, Sanjib showed promise at early age at the youth festival, Nadia district.

In 1988 he became a disciple of legendary tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Gosh, well known for his brilliant accompaniement to Ustad Ali Akhbar Khan, Ustad Vilayet Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. From Pandit Gosh he learned intensively the art of tabla playing both as a solo performer and as an enrichment support to the main performer when accompanying. He still continues research and practice under his maestro´s able guidance.


9/25 - Michael Fischer @ Random Tea Room
10/1 - Mecca Normal & Oceans Roar 1000 Drums @ Random Tea Room
10/8 - Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya (dhrupad/hindustani vocals) @ The Rotunda
10/16- Tipple (Frode Gjerstad,  Kevin Norton & David Watson) & Keir Neuringer
10/19 - Colin Fisher/Mike Gennaro/Nick Millevoi, Bad Luck & Skye Skjelset
10/25 - Li Daiguo/Rick Parker & Northern Valentine
11/1 - Thollem McDonas @ House Gallery 1816

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