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Wendy Eisenberg’s Gloyd

$15 Cover @ the Door / Start 8pm / Doors 7:30pm

The Creative Music Series proudly welcomes…

…an epic Massachusetts underground

experimental music gang

Wendy Eisenberg’s Gloyd

Premiering its Trio format

Wendy Eisenberg, Improvising guitarist, banjo-player, vocalist and poet

Photograph by Charmaine Lee

Photograph by Charmaine Lee

“She can play with the scattershot ferocity of a cobra striking the neck of her 1989 Japanese Jazzmaster, or as contemplative and meandering as an acoustic instrumental plucked by a fireplace inside an old Upstate, NY hostel. And with two fantastic albums, former Birthing Hips guitarist Wendy Eisenberg emphasizes both sides of her style. ”

— Ron Hart, Billboard

Wendy Eisenberg is an improvising guitarist, banjo-player, vocalist and poet. Using the languages of free jazz, new music, metal and art song, her music challenges the representational and technical demands placed on a guitar and a banjo in contemporary music.

She has two solo careers: improviser/composer, and songwriter. Wendy’s debut record as an improviser, “Its Shape Is Your Touch,” came out in October 2018. Her trio, “The Machinic Unconscious,” with Ches Smith and Trevor Dunn, released their debut album on Tzadik that same months. Both records made Billboard’s Critic’s Choice Top Ten Jazz Records year end list, and received features and attention from NPR and National Sawdust. Her album of quiet art-pop songs, Time Machine was remastered and re-released on Feeding Tube records on September 7th, 2018.

In addition to her work as a solo artist, she has written and performed in numerous projects, including the critically acclaimed experimental band Birthing Hips, described by NPR as “brainy, noisy punk based in sonic adventure, technical mastery, and rejection of the status quo.” She leads a rock trio, Editrix, which explores similar parameters.

Her work as an improviser has led her to collaborate with Matt Mitchell, Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Ted Reichman, Joe Morris, Damon Smith, Shane Parrish and Zach Rowden, among many others. She has premiered work by John Zorn, Matt Mitchell, Ted Reichman, Maria Schneider, and Marta Tiesenga, as well as works by her many peers, and has premiered her own work at The Stone, The New School, the Hartt School of Music, New England Conservatory, Yale, and Hampshire College.

Wendy has provided soundtrack work for the scientific projects of MIT Media Lab fellow and scientist-artist Ani Liu. Her poetry has been set into two large scale works by Matt Curlee, premiered at the Eastman School of Music in 2014 and one awaiting its premier featuring percussionist Michael Burritt. Her writings on music can be found in John Zorn’s Arcana VIII: Musicians on Music, and in the forthcoming edition of the Contemporary Music Review.

Neil Young Cloaca, drums, trumpet

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Neil Young Cloaca is an artist based in Western Massachusetts who makes sounds, images, and events. Cloaca’s work celebrates intentionally-unstable systems, broken associations, misinterpretations, and irregular interstices as charged zones of possibility that can oscillate between humor and menace. Cloaca’s audio recordings and video works are often refined assemblages of practiced mishaps and collected incidental moments. As Bromp Treb, Cloaca mixes eager ineptitude with confident uncertainty to make busted sounds and performance. Additionally, Cloaca remains a proud member of the absurdist baroque noise quintet Fat Worm of Error, currently enjoying a hibernation after over a decade of activity.

Since the late 90’s, Cloaca has been programming experimental art events and building enthusiastic audiences. Projects have included performance and screening series such as the Bright Rectangle, the Montague Phantom Brain Exchange, Phantom Erratic, and The Peskeomskut Noisecapades, an outdoor winter landscape sound/performance festival held on the ice of a frozen river.

Solo and in collaborations, Cloaca has screened in and performed at countless basements, bars, lofts, living rooms, closets and art spaces all around North America and Europe including: High Zero, ICA Boston, EMPAC, Block Museum of Art, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Kunstencentrum Belgie, Center For New Music, Instants Chavirés, Nightingale Cinema, and Vox Populi.

Donald Warner Shaw, saxophone, bass

Donald Warner Shaw III (along with Neil Cloaca Young) are best known for their membership in Fat Worm of Error, but also have solo electronic and electroacoustic recording and performing projects on their own and in collaboration.

Donald also performs electro-acoustic music both in solo and in Carbus; was a member of the experimental Rock/Jazz ensemble Fat Work of Error and has toured extensively.

He lives in Western Mass. where he is an investigative journalist who focuses on money in politics.  His recordings (and those of this ensembles) have been released on these labels, Bonescraper, Guts:Tapes, Brazilian Wax, Load, Open Mouth, Resipiscent and Ultra Eczema.  Shaw attended the New School in NYC and UMass, Amherst, ands studies with Bhob Rainey. 


The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in January, 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from out-of-state, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area.  My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished, new talent and even unknown musicians to the Boston area.  CMS has now begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests, and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.