SEASON PERFORMANCE
Nels Cline: Music from Lovers
plus Big Lazy
Sat, Apr 8 at 8PM
Royce Hall

Guitar explorer Nels Cline is best known these days as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco. His recording and performing career – spanning jazz, rock, punk, and experimental – is well into its fourth decade, with over 160 recordings, including at least 30 as bandleader. Rolling Stone anointing him as both one of 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. This all new project (supporting Nels' next album release Lovers) amasses a 17 piece band of some of Cline’s most gifted collaborators. Says Nels of the album (out on Blue Note Records on August 4th): "I have been dreaming about, planning, and re-working my rather obsessive idea of this record for well over twenty-five years, and it was always going to be called Lovers. It is meant to be as personal in its sound and in its song selection as it is universal in its endeavor to assay or map the parameters of “mood” as it once pertained, and currently pertains, to the peculiar and powerful connection between sound/song and intimacy/romance. In this, I hope Lovers offers something of an update of the “mood music” idea and ideal, while celebrating and challenging our iconic notion of romance." 

NELS CLINE - electric guitar
MICHAEL LEONHART - conductor, trumpet, flugelhorn
DEVIN HOFF - bass
ALEX CLINE - drums
STEVEN BERNSTEIN - trumpet
DAN CLUCAS - trumpet
MICHAEL DESSEN - trombone
BEN GOLDBERG - contra-alto clarinet, Bb clarinet
GAVIN TEMPLETON - Bb clarinet
VINNY GOLIA - woodwinds
SARA SCHOENBECK - bassoon
JULIAN LAGE - electric & acoustic guitar, Dobro
JEFF GAUTHIER - violin
MAGGIE PARKINS - 'cello
ZEENA PARKINS - harp
YUKA C HONDA - celeste, synth
BRAD DUTZ - vibraphone, marimba, percussion

Big Lazy is the instrumental trio from New York City. Their music dwells in the unmistakable landscape of gritty yet gracefully crafted American music. Simultaneously noir and pastoral, gothic and modern, Big Lazy conjures images of everything from big sky country to seedy back rooms. With sparse instrumentation—electric guitar, acoustic bass and drums—the trio creates richly evocative soundscapes with a distinctly narrative quality and an undeniable sense of place.  

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