Alibi V.18 No.14 • April 2-8, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

EarWin VI

An interview with the Alibi's sixth Earwig playlist winner

Screen Name: slumberjack

Real Name: Dylan Gauntt

Age: 25, Pisces

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Fantastic Merlins: perfectly spellbinding
Courtesey of Fantastic Merlins

Jazzed

Fantastic Merlins

Quartet follows where the music leads ... and finds magic

“This is the essence of magic, which does not create, but summons.” So said Franz Kafka in his diary, and so it might be said of the Fantastic Merlins’ approach to music.

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Tout à fait Dissard
A.T. Willett

Music Interview

Marianne Dissard

Love and trust

Marianne Dissard was born in a small village in the South of France.

When Dissard was 16, her dad secured a job in Arizona and moved the entire family over. Her parents went back to France a few years later, but Dissard stayed behind. She went to USC for film school, then she returned to Tucson to film a documentary on the local band Giant Sand. The group featured future Calexico frontman Joey Burns.

Dissard says she planned to move back to France for good after her film was finished, but romance intervened. While visiting Paris, she met a French musician who adored Tucson, and the two returned to the desert.

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Flyer on the Wall

Hardcore Appreciation Day

Say "thanks for thrashing" to Last Fifteen, The Scarlet Ruse, Dead Hours, Wasted Days, The Aventine Hill and Morgan Ching at Bleeding Eardrum (9201 Indian School NE) on Sunday, April 5, at 5 p.m. Presented by Warehouse 508. Free, all-ages. (Laura Marrich)

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Sonic Reducer

Fever Ray Fever Ray · Black Randy and the Metrosquad Pass the Dust, I Think I'm Bowie · Rahim Alhaj & Amjad Ali Khan Ancient Sounds

When two masters collaborate, competing egos and agendas can undermine the work, but not on Ancient Sounds, where oud master Alhaj and sarod master Khan commit themselves to serve the music and one another. Their play together is so responsive and complementary that distinguishing who is who is occasionally challenging; as in some Navajo weavings, foreground and background shift continually, serving only to deepen your engagement and wonder. Ancient though the musical architecture may be, Ancient Sounds delivers a clear, eloquent, and moving message of compassion and beauty the modern world will do well to heed. (MM)

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Courtesy of Reighnbeau

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jun 29)

You don't need rain to see this rainbow

Reighnbeau • indietronica • Sazoram • electronic • Austin Morrell • rock

I have always been astounded by the potential of sound; for millennia, sounds have been pieced together in inventive ways, entrancing audiences and shaping emotion through music. Music to me is a thing of magic, constantly transforming into something new in the hands of those with the ability to harness it. Albuquerque native Bryce Hample, better known as the mastermind behind the surreal vibrations of Reighnbeau, is truly one of those wizards, an electro-maestro with a brilliant capability for intricately layering sounds where one would least expect, but where they truly belong. This Thursday, June 29, Reighnbeau will be transforming Sister into a dreamlike world of glinting shoegaze and celestial ambience, adorned by Hample’s remarkable capabilities for visual art and mesmerizing performance even as he concocts the magic of music before our eyes. Featuring opening performances from Sazoram and Austin Morrell, the doors to the cosmic stage will open at 8pm. Be sure to get your tickets at the presale price of $5 before they go up at the door.
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