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Ava Mendoza streaming debut album, playing Jonah Parzen Johnson’s new solo music series at Silent Barn

by Andrew Sacher

Ava Mendoza
Ava Mendoza

Experimental guitarist Ava Mendoza, who’s collaborated with Fred Frith, Nels Cline, tUnE-yArDs, Henry Kaiser and more, will release her debut album, Unnatural Ways, this week (4/14) via New Atlantis Records (pre-order). The album has her backed by keyboardist Dominique Leone and drummer Nick Tamburro, and it’s got a pretty huge variety of sounds. It pulls from free jazz, noise, metal, prog and more, but it’s listenable on a visceral level too. Check out the full stream, premiering below.

Ava is on a European tour as we speak, and a month after she returns home, she’ll play the second edition of Jonah Parzen-Johnson‘s new solo music series at Silent Barn called ‘Singles’ which begins this month. The first show happens April 20 with Diamond Terrifier, Mrs. Adam Schatz, Ralph Alessi and Booker Stardrum (Cloud Becomes Your Hand); and Ava plays the one on May 18 with Patrick Higgins (Zs), Indigo Street and Matt Nelson. They happen one Monday each month, and $5 at the door gets you in.

Saxist/keyboardist Jonah Parzen-Johnson also plays both shows in the series, and he’s releasing his new album, Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow, on June 2 via Primary Records. We’ve got the premiere of “If You Can’t Sleep, Just Shut Your Eyes,” which you can listen to, with Jonah’s full list of dates, below.

Ava Mendoza — 2015 Tour Dates
4/14 Cologne, DE @ Stadtgarten 
4/15 Wurzburg, DE @ Freakshow w/ CA (France) 
4/16 Amsterdam, NE @ Bimhuis 
4/17 Utrecht, NE @ Rumor Festival 
4/18 Lille, FR @ CCL w/ YOLK, THE WITCHES
5/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn (Singles solo music series)

Jonah Parzen-Johnson – “If You Can’t Sleep, Just Shut Your Eyes”

Jonah Parzen-Johnson — 2015 Tour Dates
4/20/2015 – Brooklyn NY – Silent Barn – Singles: Solo Series
5/18/2015 – Brooklyn NY – Silent Barn – Singles: Solo Series
5/27/2015 – Brooklyn NY – Manhattan Inn
5/28/2015 – Hudson NY – The Spotty Dog
5/29/2015 – Pittsburgh PA – Mr Roboto Project
5/31/2015 – Toledo OH – Robinwood Concert House
6/1/2015 – Cleveland OH – The Bop Stop
6/2/2015 – Detroit MI – Cliff Bells
6/4/2015 – Portland OR – The Improvisation Summit of Portland 2015
6/5/2015 – Seattle WA – Cafe Racer
6/6/2015 – San Francisco CA – Center For New Music
6/8/2015 – Sacramento CA – Luna’s Cafe
6/9/2015 – Los Angeles – Moryork Gallery
6/11/2015 – Chicago IL – Elastic Arts
6/12/2015 – Milwaukee WI – Frank’s Power Plant
6/13/2015 – Madison WI – Bright Red Studios
6/15/2015 – Minneapolis MI – Ice House
6/16/2015 – St Louis MO – Foam
6/19/2015 – Greensboro NC – New York Pizza
6/20/2015 – Durham NC – The Shed
6/21/2015 – Asheville NC – The Mothlight
6/24/2015 – Charlottesville VA – The Garage
6/25/2015 – Washington DC – 453 Florida Ave NW
6/27/2015 – Philadelphia PA – TBA
6/30/2015 – Boston MA – The Lilypad
7/1/2015 – Montreal QC – TBA
7/2/2015 – Providence RI – 186 Carpenter

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