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Stirrup (w/Dan Bitney from Tortoise); Eric Salazar at the Irving

  • Irving Theater 5505 East Washington Street Indianapolis, IN, 46219 United States (map)

Wednesday September 14th at the Irving Theater $8.00
- STIRRUP - from Chicago
(Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri will perform with a special guest - Dan Bitney from Tortoise)
with and open set by the awesome
- Eric Salazar - from Indianapolis

- - - STIRRUP - - - 
"...a psychedelic horseback ride stitched together using bass ostinatos, supportive drumming, and exploratory guitar and cello solos..." — Brad Farberman, DownBeat

“… Let's not call the music jazz. Maybe groove-based psychedelia. Oh, so I've got your attention. Since Jerry Garcia is gone and Jimi Hendrix is long gone, Stirrup fills in vacancies for extended grooves and compelling harmonies. …”

"Swinging, scorching, and sweet, this record is a peak effort for everyone involved." — Bill Meyer, Dusted

"Pieces of blues slip out, rock is hinted at, as are hypnotic folky soundscapes. Stirrup coats American roots music with a layer of avant sound delivered with a pleasing infectious groove... " 

Fred Lonberg-Holm enjoys working with a wide variety of musicians in as many situations as possible. In addition to Stirrup, current and ongoing projects include Seval, Friction Brothers (with Michaels Colligan and Zerang), The Valentine Trio, The Boxhead Ensemble, ADA trio (with Brötzmann and Nilssen-Love), VCDC, Fast Citizens, Ballister, The Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Joe McPhee’s Survival Unit III, as well as numerous one-off projects. Improvisors he has worked with include Clare Cooper, Charlotte Hug, Andrea Neumann, Sofia Jernberg, Shelly Hirsch, Tomeka Reid, Michiyo Yagi, Carrie Shull, Carrie Biolo, Birgitte Uhler, Rachel Wadham, Mary Halvorson, Joelle Leandre, Joanne Powers, Zeena Parkins, Judy Dunaway, Lotte Anker, Katherine Young, Jessica Pavone as well as a number of guys. He also leads a revolving cast large ensembles under the name Lightbox Orchestra. His extensive discography includes free improvised and free jazz recordings as well as new music, pop, rock and noise. 
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Bassist and Chicago native Nick Macri has careened in and out of various musical situations over the years from creative group settings and notable sideman gigs to theater work and solo excursions. He is/was a contributing member to many groups including instrumental explorers Euphone (Jade Tree) and Heroic Doses (SUB>POP), arty-pop quartet The Zincs (Thrill Jockey), and the pastoral psych-folk of The Horse's Ha. He has performed as a sideman and recorded sessions with a varied list of artists including Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), Ken Vandermark, Azita, Bobby Conn, The Lonesome Organist, Wanees Zarour's Middle East Music Ensemble, and Hector Zazou. 
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Dan Bitney



Latest 2016 Release - “CUT” - (Clean Feed Records)
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2015 Release - “A Man Can’t Ride on One” - (Whistler Records)
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2013 Release - “Sewn” - (482 Music)
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- - - Eric Salazar - - - 

“Salazar is a dynamic and creative performer who composes music pairing his virtuoso clarinet skills against washes of electronic sound...” 
— Kyle Long, NUVO Music Columnist

“‘La energia de Eric es contagiosa y su talento a la hora de tocar su clarinete es impresionante...’

’Eric’s energy is contagious and his talent for playing his clarinet is impressive...’” 
— Karla Romero, Editor-in-Chief of Eñe Monthly Magazine, Indianapolis, IN

Eric Salazar is an emerging artist with international press attention. Dubbed a super-human clarinet hero (Big Car, 2015), Salazar pioneers the indie-classical genre. He takes his classical training and fuses together modern electronics with classical instruments, blending ancient styles with present musical trends. Salazar’s connective approach to performing wins the hearts of audiences as he guides them through explorations of raw emotion. Eric’s purpose for writing music is to create art that challenges standards, unites audiences of uncommon backgrounds, and connects souls through creative understanding. When not writing and performing new music, Salazar enjoys drinking tea, playing video games, reading comics, enjoying the nightlife, and making people laugh.

Salazar holds a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Ball State University and an M.M. in Clarinet Performance from Bowling Green State University. He has performed as a soloist and group musician in 8 states of the US and overseas in Belgium. Salazar resides in the Indianapolis, IN area. Here, Salazar teaches music, performs, and composes. Eric can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, and other major music platforms. He released his first EP album, Live in Chicago, in Spring of 2016. The album contains live performance recordings of Salazar's original compositions for solo clarinet and electronics. Eric is always on the lookout for talented musicians to engage in collaborative performance projects. Eric actively writes, commissions, and premieres new works for himself and classical chamber ensembles. His other professional interests include: conducting, social entrepreneurship, social media management, pedagogy, music psychology, marketing, graphic design, and project management.
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