Guitar: Justin Allen with Sean D.Henry-Smith
Thursday, March 19th, writer and performer Justin Allen opens his 2020 ISSUE residency with the premiere of Guitar, a new performance stemming from ongoing research into how to emulate, experiment with, and better understand the performance practices of punk singers.
Building on his work Explain Totality (version 4) in which he performs as a singer of a four-piece punk band, Allen is preparing a series of performances in which he sings and experiments with screaming vocal techniques, accompanied by three isolated instruments: electric guitar, electric bass, and drums. The performances focus in on the individual instruments, incorporating both rehearsed and improvised material as well as movement. The first performance of the series, Guitar, will feature electric guitar and vocals by poet Sean D. Henry-Smith.