Come join local post-rock favorite and fellow Ageless Hipster Norm's band TONE in welcoming ULAN BATOR from France for their latest CD RELEASE "EN FRANCE/ENTRANSE" and as a wonderful added bonus, DCs finest experimenters Janel&Anthony
ULAN BATOR is "one of the best French bands in the last 300 years" says Micheal Gira (Swans). This will be Ulan Bator's first ever US tour. Celebrating 20 years of blurring the boundaries of song structure, Ulan Bator has evolved over the last 20 years to explore and experiment with the avant-garde, psychedelia, “irreverent music concrete” (Alternative Press), avant-rock and more. They continue to “investigate the borders of song structure” (Wire Magazine). Over the years there have been many collaborators including Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and James Johnston (Gallon Drunk, Lydia Lunch, Bad Seeds), to name a few. They have also been remixed by by notable figures from the electronic scene including Scanner, Otomo Yoshihide, Erik M, and Carl Stone.
TONE has been deconstructing the conventions of a band since 1991. Founded by Norm Veenstra and Gregg Hudson in D.C., TONE relentlessly explores the often unpredictable, always epic sonic path of a dedicated instrumental ensemble. Currently a five-piece band, the ranks of TONE have swelled to as many as nine through the years to include multiple guitarists, bass players and drummers.
JANEL AND ANTHONY is the collaborative venture of two of the fastest-rising stars in DC’s burgeoning experimental music scene, Anthony Pirog, an omnivorous guitarist, and Janel Leppin, a conservatory trained cellist steeped in North Indian and Persian classical music, free improvisation and jazz. They began performing as a duo in 2005, and in 2006, they recorded and self-released an eponymous album which sold thousands of copies at countless shows they’ve played since. Their new album, Where is Home,was recorded over the past several years during an exhilarating and exhausting period for the two professional musicians. Anethereal instrumental song cycle soaked in the apprehension and thrill of wanderlust, Where Is Home in an astonishing creation,born in a studio that served as spiritual heart, home, and only fixed locale during 3 years of constant touring, travel to distant locales for musical collaborations, and multiple moves. While exploring themes of restlessness, homesickness and feelings of disorientation, the music itself is deft and focused—a vivid, dynamic offering that shimmers with consummate professionalism and a bond shared since adolescence.