Sign up for our free newsletter
Free D.C. news, delivered to your inbox daily.
“How many of you are here because of the Post or the City Paper articles?” opener TL0741 asked of a packed-house crowd at Pyramid Atlantic last night, which prompted fully a third to a half of the audience to raise their hands. This may have been one of the more thoroughly previewed shows ever put on in the Silver Spring art space, between a City Paper pick and a feature-length story on Richard Pinhas in last Thursday’s Post.
Pinhas is an experimental French guitarist who made his name in the ’70s with the prog-rockers of Heldon and has, since 2008’s Keio Line, been collaborating with avant-garde luminaries from Merzbow and Wolf Eyes to this year’s new releases with Oren Ambarchi and Yoshida Tatsuya. His all-too-brief set at Pyramid Atlantic sounded familiar to longtime fans, although his soundscapes—-simultaneously ominous and relaxing—-are so masterfully done that familiarity never bled into boredom. A quick collaborative set with Surak + Hawkins kept things fresh as well. All told, well deserving of all that coverage and the subsequent turnout.
Check out a dozen photos in the full slideshow.