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Chris Forsyth
electric and acoustic guitar

chris forsyth
2007 photo by Maria Dumlao

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, USA
Guitarist Chris Forsyth is a founding member of The Peeesseye, who have been referred to as "the most remarkable smorgasbord of back porch minimalism, sound poetry and urban decay of recent memory" by Eric Weddle in Signal to Noise and inspired comparisons to such diverse groups as This Heat, Nurse With Wound, Sun City Girls, and AMM. Their unique combination of droning acoustics and electronic walls of sound has been documented on numerous CDs and tours of the US and Europe since their formation in 2002. Other projects include solo performances as well as the drone/noise quartet Phantom Limb & Bison; the deconstructionist cover band Dirty Pool; lead guitar duties for cabaret art rockers Condor Moments; and improvised encounters with artists including Jozef van Wissem (Holland), Alessandro Bosetti (Italy), Chris Heenan (US), Nate Wooley (US), Burkhard Beins (GER), Tetuzi Akiyama (JP), and Ernesto Diaz-Infante (US). Everyone, his collaboration with choreographer Miguel Gutierrez & the Powerful People premiered in March 2007 at the Abrons Art Center at Henry Street Settlement in New York City, and was performed at the Springdance Festival in Utrecht, Holland, in April 2007. In addition to composing and performing music, Forsyth has been publishing challenging music on the Evolving Ear label since 2000, with 19 releases thus far. His own music has been released on labels including Creative Sources (Portugal), Utech (US), Archive (US), Unframed (US), Pax Recordings (US) and Evolving Ear (US). He lives in Brooklyn, NY, USA. www.evolvingear.com

  "Guitarist Chris Forsyth has been an illuminating presence on the NYC free rock scene for the past couple of years."   --  David Keenan, the WIRE, March 2001

  "Forsyth is doing something special." Julian Crowley, the WIRE, Feb 2003   -- 

mp3 samples:
I Once Carried (from as is stated...before known)
Part 11 (from "march")
Part 10(from "march")
Cut and Dried (from Wires and Wooden Boxes)
3:06 (from Left & Right)


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ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE & CHRIS FORSYTH: (as is stated...before known)

From their 2004 CD release, a kaleidoscopic range of post-Bailey approaches, quiet Fahey-esque folk-influenced fingerpicking. "I highly recommend this disc for a taste of some other aspects of what guitars can do." Steve Koenig, Jump Arts Journal.

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ERNESTO DIAZ INFANTE & CHRIS FORSYTH: march

2002 release recorded in NY following their 3 week European tour. A varied sonic guitar terrain of sparse, gestural, electronic static, ringing open strings. "This CD stands in a class of its own and it's recommended" --Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

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REV.99: Everything Changed After 7-11

a multimedia collective led by legendary NYC underground artist 99Hooker. a chaotic reaction to pre-apocalyptic consumer culture. "Take the time to investigate; it's well worth it." -- Francois Couture, All Music Guide

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THE FOCUS QUINTET: 1-8 in 1

The Focus Quintet works in the undefined area between free jazz and art song. Brought together at the 2001 Big Sur Experimental Music Festival. "Highly disciplined improvising produces a richly rewarding; gentle evocations of a world apart." --The Wire

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REV. 99: turn a deaf ear

Environmental improv: composition by temperament & inheritance, playing as one walks in a group, conscious of sound, economics & disdaining "the jam." rev. 99 is led by post-modern artist 99 Hooker. "If musicians hip to Eugene Chadbourne formed a Spontaneous Music Ensemble cover-band, they might sound like Rev.99." --Ben Watson, The Wire

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ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE & CHRIS FORSYTH: Wires and Wooden Boxes

Their 2nd studio release recorded in NY 2001 of improvised duets for acoustic & electric guitars, & piano. jagged Bailey-esque, percussive, free jazz inspired & meditative post-Feldman piano. "Recommended." --Francois Couture, All Music Guide

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