Eric Carbonara and Nick Millevoi

Categories:  Music    Events
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 5:39 AM
Eric Carbonara and Nick Millevoi by Alex Bieler

While some guitarists stick with power chords and simple hooks, there are those that use the instrument in new, less pop-radio-friendly ways. The guitar is quite a versatile beast, with six – and twelve-string specialists taming their musical monster to perform all sorts of sonic tricks, from droning layers of feedback bliss to melodic, meditative meanderings.

Basement Transmissions will welcome in a pair of these alternative guitarists, with Philadelphia-based musicians Eric Carbonara and Nick Millevoi coming to town for an installment in the electroFLUX experimental music series on Thursday, April 24.

“I never really thought of myself as a traditional guitarist,” Carbonara said over the phone earlier this month. “I’ve just recently been learning theory and traditional aspects of the instrument, but the way I always approached it was more of a cathartic vehicle for self-expression and to tell stories about myself.”

After years of dealing with mostly stripped-down, acoustic songs, Carbonara started experimenting with more electric instrumental pieces influenced by flamenco and classical Hindustani styles, the latter being a traditional form of playing found in North India. His fellow Philly guitarist, Nick Millevoi, however, ventures into rougher sonic terrain, dealing out intense batches of mesmerizing feedback and fuzzed-out guitar on a night that should explore plenty of musical ground.

“People should expect a huge dynamic range, from abrasively loud to as quiet as an electric guitar can get,” Carbonara said. “I myself don’t know what to expect, really. I like the trial-by-fire nature of when you feel confident in your playing but not necessarily 100 percent positive of how you want to do something, so it’s kind of nice to put yourself into a situation where you have to figure it out.”

Carbonara and Millevoi both embrace fretboard exploration, and there will be plenty of experimentation on the night, as the two guitarist will be joined by Wisconsin-based ambient artist Boyle, local artists Adam Holquist, Joseph Allen Popp, Alex Wilson, and Hossa Nova. The music may not be so simple, but it’s an easy choice to check out a bunch of artists that thrive on providing something different from the norm. — Alex Bieler

6 p.m. Thursday, April 24 // 1501 State St. // basementtransmissons.cm

Erie Reader: Vol. 7, No. 24
Now Available — Pick It Up Today

CURRENT

Be part of something meaningful 

Pennsylvania, Prohibition, and the renegade pastor who took on his town

Is Murder on the Orient Express interesting enough to hold its own against the full massive blockbusters?

Celebrate Yuletide in the style of the Emerald Isle with Danu.

The Erie Philharmonic kicks off the most wonderful time of the year with “Come Home for the Holidays”

IN THIS ISSUE

Be part of something meaningful 

Pennsylvania, Prohibition, and the renegade pastor who took on his town

Is Murder on the Orient Express interesting enough to hold its own against the full massive blockbusters?

Celebrate Yuletide in the style of the Emerald Isle with Danu.

The Erie Philharmonic kicks off the most wonderful time of the year with “Come Home for the Holidays”

What better way to greet December than with a full slab of bone-crushing metal?

Vulfpeck is an emergent band brimming with youthful energy.

Post-election reactions after Erie Democrats gain a narrow victory

Guys Focus

Thor: Ragnarok is a good attempt at something new, but it could’ve gone even weirder!

2017 Best of Erie Voting Now Open! Vote Now!
Closing in
Click here to close now