New York’s David Watson (bagpipes! High Zero 2011) and Che Chen very durationally meet local filmmaker and friend of the Red Room Meg Rorison (High Zero 2014) very filmically. Loud and long–just the way you like it.
Doors at 8:30, show at 9
Che Chen & David Watson have been active as a duo since 2014, playing in underground and experimental music spaces and occasionally, outdoors. They use amplified strings, reeds, electronics and bagpipes, setting sustained tones against discreet gestures, silence, and noise. Their improvisations emphasize the scale, duration, and position of sounds in space.
Originally a guitarist, Watson has developed an experimental approach for the bagpipes. He has had projects with vocalists Shelley Hirsch and Makigami Koichi, The Afternoon Saints (a group project with Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay and Günter Muller) and Glacial, (with Lee Ranaldo and Tony Buck). He has written experimental pieces for traditional pipe-bands, and Phill Niblock created the piece “Bag” using his sounds. He organizes the WORK series.
Chen plays guitar in the band 75 Dollar Bill and has been an energetic improviser and organizer in New York City for the last decade. He is also a member of the band True Primes and has collaborated with Aki Onda, Tashi Dorji, Tetuzi Akiyama, Chie Mukai, Amirtha Kidambi, Robbie Lee, and many others. He organizes the monthly Fire Over Heaven series at Outpost.