MIKE BAGGETTA & AVA MENDOZA DUO
Mike Baggetta (mikebaggetta.com) & Ava Mendoza (avamendozamusic.com), two cutting edge guitarists join up for an evening of new & improvised music in preparation for their first recording project.
Ava Mendoza is a Brooklyn based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. She started with performing her own compositions, and has collaborated in many different projects. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most recent work is as leader of art rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer of her own music and works by contemporary composers. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. & Europe and recorded/performed with Carla Bozulich, Nels Cline, Steve Shelley, John Zorn, William Parker, Fred Frith, Mick Barr, & Negativland.
Mike Baggetta's singular and very personal music style seeks to blur the lines between song and solo, while connecting a wide range of musical genres that influence him. Baggetta's recent project, mssv is a post-genre power trio featuring Stephen Hodges and Mike Watt. Baggetta has had the pleasure to work all over the world with a wide range of visionary musicians including David Torn, Jeff Coffin, Ruth Brown, Ches Smith, Psychic Temple, & Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.
Sloth Bear is a couple of members of Vex Party (blind dude, beard-o). Instead of trying to keep it tight in a loose way, this time we're going to try cutting loose, but still keeping it sorta tight. Ya might have to squint.