Beat Circus, Friendly Rich, Clara Engel, Kee Avil
April 6 /8:00 pm April 7 /12:00 am
Formed in Boston in 2004 by singer and composer Brian Carpenter, Beat Circus is now celebrating the band’s fourth release and the third in a Weird American Gothic trilogy. Brian Carpenter formed Beat Circus shortly after his arrival in Boston and since then, he’s been the ensemble’s guiding light and sole constant member. He has recorded or performed with Swans, Kronos Quartet, Colin Stetson, and Marc Ribot, and collaborated with producers Martin Bisi (Dreamland, 2008), Sean Slade and Bryce Goggin (Boy From Black Mountain, 2009). Returning on These Wicked Things are drummer Gavin McCarthy (Karate, Thalia Zedek Band), bassist Paul Dilley (Reverend Glasseye), and guitarist Andrew Stern (Brian Carpenter & The Confessions). Relative newcomers include violinist Abigale Reisman (Tredici Bacci), violist Emily Bookwalter (Ghost Train Orchestra), and multi-instrumentalist Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic).
“Americana by way of David Lynch’s Lost Highway” — James Reed, Boston Globe
“Carpenter is equally drawn to the avant-garde as he is to the old, rural, and gothic. He has interests in free jazz, improvised music, film directing, and radio, and seeks ways to connect theses interests into a wide vision.” — Richard Elliot, PopMatters
“Boston musician Brian Carpenter has worked with so many big names that he seems bound to become a big name himself” — Chris DeVille, Stereogum
On this special night, Friendly Rich will be backed by Fat as Fuck – come hear FRIENDLY as FUCK!
Friendly Rich is a mad composer from Oakville, Canada. Mr. Rich composed background music for 3 seasons of MTV’s The Tom Green Show. Since 1994, he has recorded exclusively for his own eclectic record label, The Pumpkin Pie Corporation.
Based in Toronto, Canada, Clara Engel is a prolific and multi-faceted artist and musician. They have collaborated with musicians and artists from the UK, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Iran, and the US. Engel’s music has been played on Italian National Radio, as well as BBC Radio 2, making it onto Tom Robinson’s show “BBC Introducing” on several occasions. Their music has been described as “folk noir,” “minimalist holy blues from another galaxy,” and “sung poetry.” Engel’s voice and guitar stylings place them singularly on the genre-map, somewhere between avant-garde torch singer and gothic-blues artist. Influences span genres and media, amongst them are Vasko Popa, Virginia Woolf, Theodore Roethke, Jim Jarmusch, Arvo Part, Meredith Monk, Robert Johnson, Gillian Welch, and Jacques Brel.