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Wendy Eisenberg

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Wendy Eisenberg (guitar)

Wendy Eisenberg is an improvising guitarist. Her debut record as a solo improviser, “Its Shape Is Your Touch,” and her trio album, “The Machinic Unconscious,” with Ches Smith and Trevor Dunn, were both released in 2018, on VDSQ and Tzadik respectively. She has also released an album of songs for voice and guitar, entitled Time Machine. She has written and performed in numerous projects, including the critically acclaimed band Birthing Hips, described by NPR as “brainy, noisy punk based in sonic adventure, technical mastery, and rejection of the status quo.” She leads a trio, Editrix, which explores similar parameters. Her work as an improviser has led to collaborations with John Zorn, Matt Mitchell, Trevor Dunn, Ted Reichman, Joe Morris, and Weasel Walter. Her writings on can be found in John Zorn’s Arcana VIII, and in the Contemporary Music Review.

Praise for Wendy Eisenberg "She can play with the scattershot ferocity of a cobra striking the neck of her 1989 Japanese Jazzmaster, or as contemplative and meandering as an acoustic instrumental plucked by a fireplace inside an old hostel. And with two fantastic albums, Wendy Eisenberg emphasizes both sides of her style." – Ron Hart, Billboard "Rewardingly weird punk...her approach to the instrument recalls the deceptively sparse vocabulary of Derek Bailey." – Lars Gotrich, NPR Music "Her singular style is vividly evident even when she is alone on acoustic guitar spinning out these wonderful, abstract shapes." – S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! "If Its Shape is Your Touch is a book of cerebral and introspective verse then The Machinic Unconscious is fiery expressive prose. The music maintains an exhilarating and cinematic atmosphere through their ardent and electrifying performances." – Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz