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Julian Lynch + Emili Earhart, Harper, Sleep Now Forever

  • Williamson Magnetic Recording Company 1019 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Madison-based musician Julian Lynch made a name for himself with a series of albums, starting with 2009's Orange You Glad, that created a warm sense of immersion and a sturdy emotional pull with an ever-shifting mix of rippling guitars, woodwinds, gentle percussion, synths, and half-buried vocals. Songs like "Clay Horses," from 2011's Terra, and "Just Enough," from 2010's Mare, combine deceptively subdued, psychedelic production with a keen sense of melody and an indifference to genre barriers. His last solo release was 2013's Lines, and over the past few years he's been pursuing his PhD in ethnomusicology at UW-Madison, and joined New Jersey band Real Estate on guitar. However, he completed a new solo album for release in 2018, and will be playing an improvised show here with pianist Emili Earhart (who is also a Tone Madison contributor, and plays in projects including And Illusions and Cave Curse). Even during the height of the hype around his first couple releases, Lynch tended to play improvised and/or collaborative live sets about as often as he'd play his actual recorded material in a more straightforward band format, so this is as much a continuation of his established M.O. as the new songs he has in the can. Earhart's work has ranged from disorienting electronic improvisations to rigorous performances of piano compositions by John Cage and Philip Glass, so you can safely expect a challenging and spaced-out performance when these two join forces. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: January 14
Winter Jazz Fest
Later Event: January 16
Cap Times Talks: Kathy Cramer (free)