David Torn and Dragonetti Ensemble play Denver's Walnut Room for 'Only Sky'
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Creative Music Works (CMW) -- one of the few performing arts organizations on the Front Range promoting musical diversity, innovation and local and international artists in this vein with concerts, and educational events such as artist lectures and workshops -- announced in a press release April 25 that they are bringing David Torn (Splattercell) to Denver’s Walnut Room on May 22. The show will feature Paul Riola’s Dragonetti Ensemble (Denver) and is in support of Torn’s new ECM release Only Sky which is in many ways an extension of his 2007 ECM release Prezens.
“This record is the closest to capturing what it is I do alone with a guitar at home – and in that way, Only Sky is the most personal record I’ve made,” Torn says. “When I’m improvising on my own in this way, it’s like a kind of self-hypnosis or, to put it another way, a sort of sonic, secular meditation. It’s real-time composition, but it’s about relaxing into it, enjoying the flow of sound, letting the music happen in its own time – and being open to the unexpected.”
Only Sky is haunting, refreshing work,” writes CMW. The music on the release features “distressed blues/country roots that become freeform...creating meditative landscapes.” The album and tour represent Torn’s first-ever real time solo guitar release and takes the listener straight into the meditation with him. The album features David Torn’s guitar, electric oud, and real-time loops and alterations from some of his favorite fuzz boxes which create timbre and ambience.
Torn has worked with many artists throughout his career such as Jan Garbarek from The Bad Plus, film composers Ryuichi Sakamoto and Carter Burwell and pop artists such as David Bowie and David Sylvian. He is also a noted film composer. Some of the scores he has composed include those for the movies “Friday Night Lights”, “Lars and the Real Girl”, “Everything Must Go” and “The Order.”
You can preorder or download David Torn’s album Only Sky at Amazon and iTunes. For more information, visit CMW’s page for the show.
Show Details:
When: Friday, May 22, 2015 – 8 p.m.
Where: Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Tickets: $15 advance; $20 day of show
Show is 21 and over
David Torn solo tour dates:
May 8 - New York, NY at Subculture
May 11 - Marlboro, NY at The Falcon
May 12 - Dunellen, NJ at NJ Proghouse @ Roxy & Dukes
May 13 - Cambridge, MA at Regattabar
May 14 - Philadelphia, PA at Philadelphia Art Alliance
May 16 - Portland, OR at Holocene
May 17-18 - Seattle, WA at Storyville (Pike Place)
May 19 - San Francisco, CA at Slim’s
May 20 - Sacramento, CA at Gold Lion Arts
May 21 - Los Angeles, CA at Blue Whale
May 22 - Denver, CO at Walnut Room
May 26 - Minneapolis, MN at Cedar Cultural Center
May 27 - Milwaukee, WI at The Jazz Estate
May 29 - Chicago, IL at Constellation
May 30 - Cincinnati, OH at The Monastery
May 31 - Pittsburgh, PA at Club Café
June 3 - Baltimore, MD at The Windup Space
June 4 - Carrboro, NC at Cat’s Cradle
June 6 - Asheville, NC at Streamside Concerts
June 7 - Atlanta, GA at Red Light Café

*originally published at AXS.