Polyorchard & Duane Pitre at Nightlight August 16th


Polyorchard (Dan Ruccia, Shawn Galvin, Jeb Bishop, & me) will be opening for Duane Pitre at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill on Friday August 16th. Show starts at 9:30pm. This is Duane’s first show in the Triangle since his appearance at the 2011 Hopscotch Music Festival.

Read IndyWeek’s article on Duane: “Duane Pitre and the simple spell of seemingly difficult music”

Duane performing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit back in June:

Bridges, Duane’s new album on Important Records, is now available for purchase.

Insect and Western Party


designed by Lincoln Hancock  prints by AHPeele

From IndyWeek:

Blessed be the five Mondays of this July, as Neptune’s—the subterranean bar two floors down from Kings—puts a hold on its dance-club routine to welcome acid-trip improviser and open-to-all composer Eugene Chadbourne for a weekly residency. Oboist Carrie Shull, cellist Chris Eubank, bassist David Menestres and violist Dan Ruccia join Chadbourne to revisit pieces from his daunting and long-running Insect & Western series, in which the Doctor pulls various strands of jazz and rock music into a roots music framework in a musical attempt to illustrate the lives of insects. If you’re worried about the rest of the week paling in comparison, welcome to Chadbourne’s general aesthetic, where nothing ever sits still for very long and where no idea seems quite deliriously strange enough. —Grayson Currin

Insect and Western Party: Brood II

Dr. Eugene Chadbourne’s Insect and Western Party will be celebrating the arrival of the Cicadas every Monday in July at Neptune’s Parlour in downtown Raleigh (underneath Garland and King’s Barcade). The core band will be:

Eugene Chadbourne

Chris Eubank

David Menestres

Dan Ruccia

Carrie Shull

with special guests. The party starts at 8pm every Monday. All hail our cicada overlords!


thingNY and Polyorchard at MotorCo June 2

Polyorchard: 3 +1 (with Jason Bivins, Dan Ruccia, and Carrie Shull) will be opening for the ever interesting thingNY at MotorCo Music Hall in Durham on June 2 at 8pm. Free show in the Garage Bar. Bring the kids, we will hopefully warp their little minds.

Facebook event page

More about thingNY’s Patriot project

From thingNY:

A night of experimental music from New York and The Triangle, with an improvised set by Polyorchard and a verbose two-man opera about illegal immigration and national identity by New York guests thingNY.

About thingNY
thingNY is a New York-based 501c3 not-for-profit collective of composer-performers who create and perform theatrically charged experimental music, champion the work of avant-garde and contemporary classical composers, and collaborate across disciplines, media and genres. Since their first concert in 2006, thingNY’s projects have included three collaboratively created operas, their yearly SPAM avant-garde variety show, the IN HOUSE site-specific house concert/installation, programs featuring composers from Berio to Globokar to your next-door neighbor, a radio play by Beckett, and over a hundred premieres of new music.

This June, Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto, members of thingNY, are going on a seventeen-city “Election Tour for a Stranger America” with their absurdly titled work, Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: An Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young. Created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians, the half-hour piece focuses on issues of immigration and national identity. Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, and lots of cardboard boxes. In …Patriots…, instrumental music alternates with sung and spoken words, zany and humorous topical quips alternate with personal, pointed critiques of the political zeitgeist, fully notated sections merge into structured musical and textual improvisations, and tonal harmonies mix with less traditional musical effects.

“Face it. This is why you live in New York”
– Time Out New York

“As avant-garde as anything I’ve seen recently – by which term I inexactly mean that it was more focused on how we live at this exact moment than on the traditional conventions of concert-giving.”
– Kyle Gann (PostClassical)

“Truly a thing of great beauty, and wonder. Thank god there are groups like thingNY (or maybe you’re the only one).”
– Art Jarvinen (composer/author)

“thingNY catapulted a slew of notes and words from the stage and we laughed at snatches of the hysteria.”
– Rebecca Lentjes (Bachtrack)

For more information visit:

January 17 at MotorCo

I’ll be playing at MotorCo in Durham on January 17. Joining me in Polyorchard: string trio formation will be Dan Ruccia on viola and Jason Bivins on guitar. Free show, starts at 9pm. We should be going on first, followed by Cantwell, Gomez, and Jordan around 10 and Savage Knights around 11. I’m told the show will start promptly at 9 so be sure to show up on time.

December 20 at the Nightlight

This Thursday I’ll be playing with a new group with the possibly disposable name of Polyorchard, consisting of Dan Ruccia, Shawn Glavin, and myself (maybe with a special guest or two). We will be opening for my great pal Baby Copperhead. Also on the bill is Schooner and Organos. I think we will be playing first, around 9.


There is even a Facebook event page for people who still insist on turning over all their personal information to an evil marketing company.