Evolving Ear

News Archive: 2007 2009


2008 is ending quietly at Evolving Ear HQ, but 2009 is shaping up to be a busy one. Peeesseye is working on a CDR release for Golden Lab and the Peeesseye + Talibam collab record (this is not a split release - this is a full on collaboration between the two groups) is slated for a springtime LP + CD release on Invada to be followed by some Peeeseye + Talibam UK/EU dates. Let us know if your festival/club/venue is interested.... In the nearer term, Chris Forsyth will be on tour solo in Europe in January, then in Atlanta and ending a busy month with a killer show at Issue Project Room, sharing the bill with fellow guitar godz Tom Carter (Charalambides) and Steve Gunn (GHQ). Oh, it's an exciting time to be alive.


Check out the new Chris Forsyth website at www.thechrisforsyth.com
Some nice unreleased mp3 downloads there.
And a nice review of Peeesseye's Teton Trout CDR just showed up in Tiny Mix Tapes.



Peeesseye's Fall European tour is history. Thanks to everyone who came, played, organized, and in some way helped make it happen. We still have a few copies of the Peeesseye Teton Trout tour CDR release available here. Chris Forsyth has a few shows coming up in New York City, including the premiere of his collab with choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin at The Kitchen. Details:




It was a supreme bummer that Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail was rained out in NYC last week, but plans are afoot to remount the piece sometime in the future, maybe next summer. When it does happen, it promises to be magic.


Chris Forsyth's first solo CD Live Journal at the Mice Machine VIP Dance Floor will be out on the Incunabulum label within the month and is available here now as a pre-order. Copies will ship after the Peeesseye tour is complete in late September. This studio recording features Forsyth's 12-string acoustic guitar, supported in places by organ and drum machine. Spare, hypnotic, and lyrical.

It's going to be a busy next month, perforance-wise for Evolving Ear family: The Chris Forsyth (trio with CF on 12-string electric, Peter Kerlin on bass, and Ryan Sawyer drumming) is playing at the Cake Shop Tuesday the 26th and then Chris Forsyth will be in Philadelphia for a week with Miguel Gutierrez & the Powerful People, performing Everyone at the Philly Live Arts Festival. September will see Peeesseye's 2008 European Tour get underway, including the first Peeesseye shows since 2004 in The Netherlands and first shows ever in the UK. Jaime Fennelly is going to stick around Germany for a couple of shows in Berlin and Bremen too.



Peeesseye 2008 Fall European Tour dates are all confirmed, September 4-23, including shows at Colour Out of Space in Brighton, ZXZW in Tilburg, and Rumor Fest in Utrecht. Eleven shows in the UK, Scotland, Netherlands, France, and Switzerland. Maybe one more date still to be added. Peeesseye made 100 copies of a new tour only live CDR release, and will be carrying them to the European gigs. A limited number of them are now available through Evolving Ear. Check it:


The Chris Forsyth has a couple of shows coming up before the end of the summer. That's: Chris Forysth (guitar) + Ryan Sawyer (drums) + Peter Kerlin (bass). Here's the next:



Peeesseye European tourdates for September are being finalized. Three festivals - Colour Out of Space in Brighton, England, Rumor Fest in Utrecht, Netherlands, and ZXZW in Tilburg, Netherlands are confirmed, all with a lot of great artists. Complete dates are on the live page. Contact chris (at) evolvingear (dot) com for booking.



The Chris Forsyth is playing out on Thursday at Glasslands in NYC. The Chris Forsyth is Ryan Sawyer of Tall Firs and Charles Gayle Trio fame on drums, Peter Kerlin of Minetta on bass, and Peeesseye's Chris Forsyth on 12-string electric guitar. They'll be playing some serious streamlined voodoo. Koen Holtkamp and Mike Wexler round out the bill.

And, brand new Peeesseye tour T-shirts are up in the shop. These are excellent quality tees with beautifully printed design by Fritz Welch. Have a look:



The Peeesseye's new site is up.
Buncha studio and live mp3 downloads, gig chronology, and photos available.


Peeesseye will be playing a few shows in the Northeast US and Canada in May, including Philadelphia with KTL, Brooklyn with Talibam!, and a midnight set at the Victoriaville Festival in Quebec. See here.


New Peeesseye vid action from Nov in NYC:



historical W!77iN6 footage w / BrO'Malley on 2nd guitar:

Restless Crowd Control (RCC) from mriver on Vimeo


Two bits of exciting news for the spring: The Peeesseye will be peforming at midnight on Friday, May 16 at Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) in Victoriaville, Quebec. This'll be The Peeesseye's first Canadian show ever. Look for a few other dates around the Northeast at that time as well, including May 20 in Philly with KTL and May 21at Zebulon in Brooklyn with the brothers Talibam! More dates to be announced shortly.

Also, Chris Forsyth's first full length solo record Live Journal at the Mice Machine VIP Dance Floor is finished and will be out on CD on Incunabulum by late winter or early spring. It's seven tracks were recorded over the last six months of 2007. The material spans elegiac solo 12-string acoustic guitar numbers, overtone laden workouts featuring layers of organ, keyboards, and drum machine, and the cascading rhythms and highly unusual tuning schemes of the multi-tracked guitar pieces which begin and end the record. Live Journal at the Mice Machine VIP Dance Floor will be Chris Forsyth's first solo release since 1998's long out of print 071797/102597 7 inch. The cover image is going to be this portrait by the mighty Anne Polashenski:



Go to Under Your Wet Blanket, Fritz Welch's new gallery show at Cueto Project in Chelsea, openng Jan 17 and running thru Feb 16:


Happy New Year!
Chris Forsyth is going to be in Minneapolis next week, performing solo at the Bryant Lake Bowl on Jan 6 and then doing six shows of Everyone at the Walker Art Center with Miguel Gutierrez & the Powerful People Jan 9-12. MGPP will then be doing three more performances of Everyone at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC Jan 13-14.

"At a time when so much art lacks a heartbeat, Mr. Gutierrez’s chest pounds. “Everyone,” his newest dance for his group, the Powerful People, is another adrenaline burst, smart and moving and full of questions, the way only real art can be." - Claudia La Rocco, NY Times