Anxious Sound’s Holiday Ho-Down

Nothing says the holidays like experimental cajun music, right?

The Hi Ho Lounge is hosting Anxious Sound’s annual Holiday Ho-Down tonight at 10pm. Here’s the deets:

Anxious Sound’s annual tradition of closing out the year with a convergence of the region’s most adventurous improvising musicians continues with the 2010 installment which looks to be the most exciting one yet. The cast of characters will include such local luminaries as JAMES SINGLETON, SIMON LOTT, DONALD MILLER, JESSE MORROW, WILL THOMPSON, ROB CAMBRE, and Mississippian BRUCE GOLDEN. But there’s one set in particular that we’re really psyched about….

Are you ready for FREE CAJUN IMPROV ???
There is no better proof of the universality, endless scope, and continuing vitality of free improvisation than GERARD DUPUY. A resident of Moncla, LA (on the Red River) in Avoyelles Parish, Mr. Dupuy is the leader of the Moncla Cajun Band and plays the traditional instruments used in Cajun music, particulary the violin. He is know in those circles as the “Stump Man” due to the tree stump he stands on in performances. Gerard is a retired GED instructor from the Jumonville Memorial Area Technical Institute. He performed in France and London for the first times this past June. BUT in addition to all of this, Mr. Dupuy has independently evolved his own free-improvising approach to the double-bass that in some way resembles the organic treetrunk crackle-and-throb of such giants as Peter Kowald and William Parker but filtered through Mr. Dupuy’s life & music experience in Cajun culture. This achievment is all the more remarkable for being developed in relative isolation and with NO knowledge that such an approach to music existed on a worldwide level. Mr. Dupuy arrived to this type of playing completely on his own.

Six years ago, Baton Rouge-based bassist & improvisor BILL HUNSINGER came across film footage from a French doumentary “GUM-BOH! LA! LA!” that featured Mr. Dupuy playing in this fashion and henceforth dedicated himself to finding the man. Since then Hunsinger & Dupuy have met and played together, and will feature the public debut of their collaboration – dubbed CONTRA-CONTRA-CAJUN – at the 2011 Holiday HO-Down.

Needless to say, we are VERY excited to present this dynamic new project to New Orleans listeners. In addition to being fun & exciting music, it serves as living proof that adventurous approaches to sound are RIGHT AT HOME here in Lousiana.


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