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June 29 Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY - Loren Connors & Tom Carter duet, Highlife, Steve Gunn

photo by mark mahaney

Release & Performance Announcements

Guitarist Loren Connors was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1949. Best known as a composer and improviser, Connors has issued over 50 guitar records on his own imprints (Daggett, St. Joan, Black Label) since the late 1970s and over two dozen on other labels across the globe. He has recorded under the names Guitar Roberts, Loren Mattei, Loren MazzaCane Connors and other variations. Connors' singular adpation of the blues is a distinct personal vision combining the Delta bottleneck sound and the ancestral blues voice (appearing as distortion, baying hounds or multi-tracked guitar), with hauntingly unexpected sounds. Outside of Connors' three decades of solo work, he has collaborated with Suzanne Langille, Jim O'Rourke, Darin Gray, Alan Licht, Christina Carter, Keiji Haino, San Agustin, Jandek and many others, as well as leading the group Haunted House. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Recent release

The Departing of a Dream -- Vinyl reissue of this modern classic that what would become a three volume series based loosely as tribute to Miles Davis' "He Loved Him Madly." Remastered from the original tapes this 180 gram LP extends the closing two-part suite "For NY 9/11/01" with the bonus track "Pretty as Ever," one of Connors' most enduring melodies recontextualized as a final glimmer of hope in this blackened meditation. I Wish I Didn't Dream is the first proper duo album between Loren and vocalist Suzanne Langille in 14 years. It's 14 new studio tracks inspired by the Brooklyn outsider, impressionistic artist M P Landis. The package comes in a lovely digipak with a 20 page tip-in art book featuring all fourteen M P Landis paintings along with lyrics by Suzanne. All tracks were improvised live during a four hour session.