Ben Von Wildenhaus, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, FRI 5/4/12


InterCambio Presents*
Ben Von Wildenhaus / Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps
Friday, May 4, 2012
at Gilt Restaurant and Lounge
266 College Street
New Haven, CT

*Please note that this event will not be at our 756 Chapel Street location.

Acclaimed Guitarist/conceptualist Ben Von Wildenhaus is coming to New Haven, hosted by local folk-mischief group Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps.

For this tour, von Wildenhaus is performing a set with video and his unique electric guitar sound, halfway between vintage and avant-garde, entitled “Orbothology.” Additionally, he will perform a set of his original music accompanied by members of Dr. Caterwauls, who will also perform a set. This is the first Dr. Caterwaul’s show after a month+ long hiatus.

Orbothology is a collaboration between the video artists House Plants and the guitarist Ben von Wildenhaus. The audio/visual project looks at the uneasy politics that arise when American youth engage with the world through the skewed lens of youtube videos and hipsterized ‘world music.’ The orb takes center stage as a fetishized object of Eastern mysticism and American new ageism. The performance is both hilarious and intensely psychedelic.

House Plants is a collaborative video enterprise by Brooklyn, New York artists Michael Nason and Brendan Harman and a loosely associated group of artists. Their works include music videos for Das Racist, Led Er Est, Acrylics, Ben von Wildenhaus, and Jeffery Jeruselem; acting and video collaborations with Weird Days and Sunset Television; as well as the internet video source HelloHousePlantsdotCom.

Ben von Wildenhaus is a multi-instrumentalist from the Pacific Northwest, who performed in groups such as Federation X, Quaalude County Country Band, and Juanita Family and Friends. He currently resides in Queens, New York. Performing on solo electric guitar, Wildenhaus works with minimal loops, hypnotic rhythms, and strange and beautiful melodies to create an aural landscape that falls somewhere between the darkness of a murderous forest and the playful seduction of Americanized belly dance music. His 2011 album Great Melodies From Around has been been featured in Spin, Magnet, and Foxy Digitalis.

Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps plays as much music as it’s able to: blues and murder ballads, Eastern European folk, traditional music from North and South America, tango, swing, classical music, and the songs of contemporary songwriters, using the influences of the music they love to create fluid, improvised arrangements. The band is sometimes joined by vocalist Arminda Thomas, guitarist Jonny Rodgers, and the Cygnet Sisters, composed of sopranos Zohra Rawling and Anne Rhodes. Additionally, the group has served as a pickup band for songwriters Tyler Bussey, Spiff Wiegand, and Andru Bemis.

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