Listen: Lee Ranaldo & Dither Premiere 'Hurricane Songs'

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Lee Ranaldo, Dither and Brian Chase perform at Merkin Concert Hall February 2, 2016 (David Andrako)

March 2, 2016, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo joined experimental electric guitar quartet Dither and drummer Brian Chase (formerly of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) at Merkin Concert Hall as part of this year's Ecstatic Music Festival. 

The evening centered on Hurricane Transcriptions, pieces derived from Ranaldo's recordings of wind whipping through tall buildings in New York City during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The program also included a piece written specifically for Sonic Youth by pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros as well as selections from Sonic Youth's 1999 release "Goodbye 20th Century."

Between his work in Sonic Youth and as a solo artist, Lee Ranaldo has released over 25 albums, spanning more than 30 years. Ranaldo has also extended his experimental reach into books of poetry, travel journals, and visual art.

Formed in 2007, Dither, a New York-based electric guitar quartet, has collaborated with composers David Lang, John Zorn and Larry Polansky. Their latest album "Dither plays Zorn" was released in January 2015.


Dither Quartet

Gyan Riley - The Tar of Gyu

James Moore - Mannequin

Joshua Lopes - Mi-Go

Taylor Levine - Renegade

Dither Quartet with Lee Ranaldo and Brian Chase

Pauline Oliveros - Six for New Time

Lee Ranaldo - Hurricane Transcriptions

Lee Ranaldo - Thrown Over the Wall

Q2 Music is the digital partner of the Kaufman Music Center's 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival.

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