Guerilla Toss with Opener DJ livforever

Guerilla Toss performs on a lit outdoor stage (seen from above) with a crowd seen in the shadows
Guerilla Toss, Tang Teaching Museum, April 30, 2019, photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Join us on Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00 pm, for free performances by DJ livforever and Guerilla Toss! The evening is presented by Skidmore College Student Entertainment Council (SEC) and the Tang Teaching Museum. The show will be held outside of the Tang.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Skidmore College Student Entertainment Council.

Guerilla Toss and DJ livforever are performing in conjunction with the 2019 Tang Party, happening the same night from 8:00–11:00pm.

About the Artists

Kassie Carlson: Raised in a devoutly religious family, vocalist Kassie Carlson started performing at the age of five. She often participated in large pastoral choral performances, as well as her family’s four-part harmony gospel quartet, making her no stranger to the stage. Growing up under the fear of God leaves a distinct footprint on your perception. An omnipresent male dictates not only your present waking life but also the rest of your eternity. Discovering a rock band was more than self-expression for Kassie, it was a manifestation of a self-healing temple, a personal pipeline for power. What better way to part the waters of toxic sludge than a matriarchal shout?

Arian Shafiee: Arian Shafiee, Guerilla Toss’ resident textural-guitar guru, is inspired by aspects of non-Western tuning and extended techniques. He designs moments of dense, glistening, pitch-shifted harmony and measured strumming that link classical impressionism to no-wave and early minimal music. His recent solo work truly comes through on this new record, as he tethers fantastical surreality to noise rock to deconstructed Middle Eastern pop music.

Sam Lisabeth: Keyboardist Sam Lisabeth paws the keys with distinct virtuosity and expressive sass. A new member, Stephen Cooper (of the band Cloud Becomes Your Hand), binds the group with an urgent, disciplined, and melodic style. The hypnotic, ostinato-like basslines and up front rhythm tracks guide and grip each song like gravity, keeping the listener from swirling off into the cosmos.

At times the listener wanders through mazes of dizzying, alternately pulsing time signatures, but the roads always bounce, meet and magically snap back together. That meditative groove, both live and in the studio, has become signature for Guerilla Toss, drawing deep influence from 70s krautrock and experimental rock music like Tom Tom Club, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Neu!, Cluster, Todd Rundgren, and La Dusseldorf.

Listen to Guerilla Toss here.

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