Mick Barr

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mick Barr presents a solo performance of his electric guitar works. A guitarist of the highest technical caliber, Barr makes music that exists somewhere between progressive black metal, hardcore, and avant-jazz. Alternating between witheringly complex and gutturally primal, Barr is at the center of the extreme sound scene with works of unrivaled experimental improvisation.

Argeo Ascani

Mick Barr is a guitarist and composer currently living in the NJ/NYC area. Noted for his relentless speed and agility on guitar and avant-garde compositions, he has been an active musician for almost 20 years and has released over 50 recordings. He is most known in the experimental and metal worlds for his work with the technical duos Orthrelm and Crom Tech, the progressive black metal band Krallice, and for his two solo projects, Octis and Ocrilim.

He has released records with notable labels such as Tzadik, Ipecac, Profound Lore, Hydrahead, and Kill Rock Stars. He has also been an active improviser, releasing records and playing alongside greats such as Zach Hill, Weasel Walter, Mike Pride, Jon Irabagon, Chuck Bettis, Marc Edwards, Nondor Nevai, Kevin Shea, and Tim Dahl, among many others. His chamber music includes works commissioned and performed by ACME, Archer Spade, and Wet Ink Ensemble. He was named one of the 50 fastest guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine in 2008, and in 2009 he was awarded an unrestricted grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Most recently, he has worked with Jonathan Bepler and Matthew Barney, and is featured in their film/opera River of Fundament.

Mick Barr
Studio 2
October 4, 2014, 9PM

EMPAC 2014-2015 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.

National Endowment for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA