Michael Chinworth

Michael Chinworth

Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Will Stratton

Fri · August 21, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show

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Michael Chinworth
Michael Chinworth
As a singer, Michael Chinworth has played a prominent role in the development of established New York City acts such as Anawan and Horse’s Mouth, as well as California’s Pat Hull. His vocal and performance abilities have also established him as a much sought after performer in experimental theatre troupes within NYC and the surrounding region.

Michael Chinworth was raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and rural Indiana. He first encountered music on stage in the church choir, in school musicals, and at home wearing out VHS tapes of The Sound of Music. He went on to study music composition at Bennington College where he experimented with many musical languages and practices with Allen Shawn, Nick Brooke, and Kitty Brazelton. His post-college tutelage with voice teacher Tom Bogdan began a journey that has not ceased.

With the release of Rudder Songs (due out Aug. 22, 2015), he confidently steps to the front of the stage and studio, acting as both lead singer/song interpreter as well as producer/arranger.

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson
Jonah Parzen-Johnson
“Saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson tells stories in sound”
– The Boston Globe

“A poetic horn-smith and master manipulator of melodic sounds.”
– Village Voice

Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He writes lofi music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer. Imagine the raw energy of an Appalachian Folk choir, tempered by a lofi, minimal aesthetic inspired by the music of Bill Callahan. His carefully assembled analog synthesizer breathes with his saxophone, building independent melodic layers to support his sound, or soaring above his extended technique driven saxophone playing. All performed live, without any looping or recorded samples.

A Chicago native, Jonah’s circular breathing, multi-phonics and impossibly nimble vocalization owes a debt to the Chicago saxophone legacy, but his devotion to a quirky almost vocal style places him in new territory for the solo saxophone. He has meticulously constructed a world of warm memories remembered in a cold present, as he melds the evocative nature of folk music with the chilling power of experimentalism. In addition to relentlessly touring as a solo saxophonist, Jonah is a co-leader of the nationally touring afrobeat ensemble, Zongo Junction, and an active part of Brooklyn’s ever-expanding independent music community.
Will Stratton
Will Stratton
Will Stratton (b. 1987) is an American songwriter, guitarist, and arranger. He has released five full-length albums, an EP, and two compilations of rarities and instrumentals. His music has been featured on NPR, WNYC, WFMU, and other radio stations and publications.

Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215