Eliot Cardinaux, 8pm
Born in Dayton, Ohio in 1984 to a musical family, Eliot Cardinaux is a pianist and poet now living in Northampton, Massachusetts. Having studied jazz piano at Manhattan School of Music, as well as contemporary improvisation and poetry at the New England Conservatory, he has lived in many places and absorbed a variety of influences. He is the founder of The Bodily Press through which he has released the works of other poets, as well as several of his own chapbooks, including, most recently, Mother of Two. His first album as a leader, American Thicket, was released in 2016 on Loyal Label, and features Mat Maneri (viola), Thomas Morgan (bass), and Flin van Hemmen (drums). He has since been involved in projects such as Odysseus Alone, Magpie, take me by the hand of darkness, Our Hearts as Thieves, and The Gown of Entry. His poetry has been published in Caliban Online, Big Big Wednesday, Hollow, Bloodroot Literary Journal, and others. Cardinaux performs and records regularly around the East Coast and in Europe, with musicians such as Asger Thomsen, Jeb Bishop, Mia Dyberg, Randy Peterson, Herb Robertson, and Kresten Osgood. His latest project, Sweet Beyond Witness, is an album of solo piano compositions and spoken word with accompanying writings and film, released in August, 2018 on The Bodily Press. He was recently accepted into the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He is 34.
Wendy Eisenberg, 9pm:
Wendy Eisenberg-guitar, Kate Gentile- drums, Jeremy Viner-reeds
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 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