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Pet Bottle Ningen & Jonah Parzen-Johnson at Manhattan Inn
Jan 27, 2014 @ 10:00 pm| Free
Pet Bottle Ningen is an avant-garde rocketship which journeys through musical worlds of composition featuring three of New York City’s finest young “Downtown” musicians, saxophonist Nonoko Yoshida, guitarist Dave Scanlon and drummer Dave Miller. A first meeting improvisation in October of 2009 between Scanlon and longtime associates Yoshida and Miller at Brooklyn’s D.I.Y. space Death By Audio led to months of workshopping ideas, composing new music, playing shows, and Japan tours during August 2010, January and July 2012. Described by Dither guitarist Josh Lopes as “hyper specific, hyper non-specific music” PBN’s repertoire features a diverse world of sketches, melody, counterpoint, rhythm, noise and sonic curiosity which are displayed on their debut recording on Tzadik label, released in June 2011. Their second album “Non-Recyclable” is released in March 2013 on Tzadik label.
Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He writes lofi music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer with titles that are important to him. Jonah draws inspiration from the unadorned voices of Appalachian Music and lo-fi musicians like Bill Callahan. 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.