CHRIS BROKAW

The jack-of-all-trades among US guitarists.

As a drummer he invented the slowcore with Codeine in 1989, two years later - this time on guitar - he founded the groundbreaking "alternative rock band" Come with Thalia Zadek. With Chris Eckman ("The Walkabouts") and Hugo Race ("The Bad Seeds") as Dirtmusic he combined Americana with African folklore.

With more than two dozen solo releases - from singer/songwriter albums to classical guitar versions of David Bowie and Prince to Ambient - he always finds time for exciting duos, be it with Geoff Farina and Blues, Stephen O'Malley ("Sunn O))") and Drone or Ryley Walker and Noise.

As a sideman he played with GG AllinThurston Moore ("Sonic Youth"), Steve Wynn ("The Dream Syndicate"), Evan Dando and Johnny Depp, among others.

He is currently the guitarist of The Lemonheads and plays in The New YearThe Martha's Vineyard Ferries and The Empty House Cooperative.

Holly Anderson was a writer, poet and designer living in NYC.

Her early poems were inspired by composer John Cage, who eventually became her mentor. She designed the cover for Mission Of Burma'Signals, Calls and Marches and wrote the lyrics to Mica from their album Vs.

Her work has been collected in various anthologies and the library collections of MOMABrooklyn Museum and London's Victoria & Albert Museum. She also collaborated with her husband, the musician and co-founder of SwansJonathan Kane, on a book that archived the photography of his father Art Kane.

After 9/11, Anderson worked at Respite 1, an emergency center where workers searched the toxic rubble. As a result of this work, she died of cancer in December 2017.

Geoff Farina has spent the past 30 years performing original music

in the US, Europe, and Japan, and recording a large and varied discography as a solo artist and with his bands Exit Verse, Glorytellers, Karate, and the Secret Stars. He has performed with Elizabeth Mitchell, Thalia Zedek, and Alan Sparhawk. Together with guitarist Chris Brokaw he has recorded three albums of blues and country obscurities.

At home in Chicago, Geoff performs the solo guitar arrangements of Elizabeth Cotten, Norman Blake, Clarence White, Doc Watson, Bayless Rose, Blind Blake, and other American roots guitarists. Geoff is one-half of the old-time duo The Last Kind Words with mandolinist Kenneth P.W. Rainey, and he occasionally performs the music of Scott Joplin with the Great Crush, a ragtime quartet fronted by pianist Marc Riordan.


JellyFant releases

LP * six inlays * download

CHRIS BROKAW and HOLLY ANDERSON - THE NIGHT SHE SLEPT WITH A BEAR * LP * six inlays * download

Gästeliste: "Brokaw accompanies Anderson´s "collection of flash fictions and mesostic poems" congenially with 35 often emphatically short instrumental pieces, which are sometimes more atmosphere than music in the actual sense, and takes the listener into a hallucinogenic different world between dream and reality, with which he seems to dock Cabaret Voltaire´s legendary film music for Johnny Yesno in the most exciting moments and yet effortlessly creates the swing to bluegrass-infected banjo numbers, too."


LP

CHRIS BROKAW - ROAD (OST) * LP

Soundtrack to an environmental thriller by director Leslie McCleave, sometimes with band backing, sometimes with solo songs and sketches, for which Brokaw won the Original Score Award of the Brooklyn International Film Festival.


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CHRIS BROKAW and GEOFF FARINA - THE ANGEL´S MESSAGE TO ME * LP * inlay * download

With congenial partner Geoff FarinaChris Brokaw starts from Robert Johnson's infamous crossroad to pre-WW2 North American Blues, Folk and Ragtime classics: Reverend Gary DavisKentucky RamblersBlind Arthur BlakeLeroy Carr and others.