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Chris Schlarb + NORTH Live at Leon!

Chris Schlarb with special guest NORTH Live at Leon!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Doors: 8pm

$10 Suggested Donation at the door

$7 Pre-sale tickets available at:

If you don't recognize Chris Schlarb's name, it's because he's the kind of man whom music flows through, rather than the sort who spends his time corralling sound into the spotlight. 

Guitarist and producer Chris Schlarb's collaborated with Wilco’s Nels Cline, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, Daedelus, the Philip Glass Ensemble’s Mick Rossi, Sufjan Stevens, and pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley. That list of collaborators speaks to his eclectic sensibility; under his own name and with the groups Create(!) and I Heart Lung, he's blurred avant-garde jazz into electronic ambient, minimal classical and pop-folk. Schlarb’s music has a pensive, numinous feel, emphasizing fine-grained and muted, sparkling textures.

This time around, he's taken a solo approach to making music, giving a rare glimpse of his unfiltered sensibility. In a gap between ensemble tours, he found himself in a cabin in the San Bernardino mountains and spent a few days recording these structured improvisations for guitars and electronics. “I love small records,” he writes of the record, citing Fripp & Eno’s No Pussyfooting as one. Schlarb’s idea of “small” is surprisingly large: for Making the Saint, he produced two very long tracks of monumental proportions centered on the electric guitar, and two short ones for acoustic guitar.

"Making The Saint is my newest full-length record. I recorded it inside a cabin in the San Bernardino mountains of California. The owners told me to keep an eye out for ghosts. When I started driving up into the mountains, I didn’t have any new music prepared. I’d just finished an East Coast tour with my Psychic Temple band; six members strong on the road and twelve musicians back at home. A big band for sure. We’d already booked another tour with the guys, each of whom have their own bands. As I drove, I found myself yearning for an intimate, unpolished sound. Even though Psychic Temple is a big deal, I love small records. When I say “small record,” I think of Sandy Bull’s Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo, Bill Evans trio albums at the Village Vanguard, Fripp & Eno’s No Pussyfooting, or Thelonius Monk’s sublime Solo Monk. Each of these albums is simple and direct. Making The Saint is a small record too. I didn’t belabor it. Everything came together quickly. I followed my instincts. 

Making The Saint is also a spiritual retreat; a healthy and necessary separation after so many strong collaborations. If you’re Sufist, you’d call this khalwa. In Japanese Zen Buddhism, it’s known as sesshin. The Santerian process of Asiento requires the initiate to dress in white garments and avoid physical contact for one year. Like so many have done before me, I forced myself into solitude and found something new. I recommend listening to this album on a Sunday morning before the day makes an imposition. I hope you enjoy it." – Chris Schlarb

Chris Schlarb's Making The Saint is out May 27th on Asthmatic Kitty. 

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