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Bird Show

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Ben Vida has lived in Chicago since 1996. Green Inferno is his second solo recording, a long-in-coming successor to Mpls., which was released on Brent Gutzeit's Boxmedia label in 1999. Boxmedia described Mpls as "a record of delicate acoustic guitar compositions, soft melodic songs with hidden teeth." Green Inferno is a different beast, showing its teeth with dense percussive tracks and odd stream of consciousness vocal/acoustic/drone songs. Green Inferno was recorded alone at home during the winter of 2003 and 2004. Ben Vida describes it as an attempt to fuse all of his favorite aspects of the groups he has been playing in.

Though best known for his work in Town & Country, Ben Vida has been a prominent player in the Chicago music scene, placing himself at the nexus between improvised and acoustic minimalist musics. Ben Vida has played and recorded with the experimental chamber group Terminal 4 with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jeb Bishop and Josh Abrams. He is in the improvising group Pillow, formed in 1996 with Michael Colligan, Liz Payne and Fred Lonberg-Holm. There will be a new Pillow album out later this winter. Ben Vida and his brother Adam (who also drums in U.S. Maple) founded Central Falls with Jason Adasiewicz and Steve Doreke. That group has recorded two albums and toured. And he is a member of the rock group Everyoned with Chris Connelly and Tim Kinsella.

Ben Vida plays guitar, cornet and harmonium in Town & Country, who have been experimenting in acoustic resonance , minimalist composition, and world folk musics for the past seven years. Town & Country continue to record and tour, most recently with Tony Conrad in spring 2004. Ben Vida has brought the deliberation and repetitive structures of Town & Country to Green Inferno and augmented it with somnambulant vocals, a trellis of percussion and psychedelic drone.

While working on Green Inferno, Vida had been listening to field recordings from around the world and Morocco, Zimbabwe, Japan and Pakistan in particular. He found himself as interested in the surroundings the recordings were made in as he was in the music itself. The home recording sessions were made in the attempt to retain a casual yet focused feel. Rough edges and external noises from the recordings were left in. Ben Vida recorded using vocals, violin, cornet, accordion, acoustic guitar, organ, qrareb (Moroccan castanets), assorted shakers, tambourine, mbira, field recordings from Tokyo by Atsuhiro Koizymi and from Puerto Rico by Fred Lonberg- Holm. Green Inferno was recorded and edited by Ben Vida at home on a digital 16 track and mixed with Jeremy Lemos at his apartment.

Subsequent to recording the album, Vida began Bird Show. Bird Show intend to pick up on and extend the material on Green Inferno and plan to tour as soon as the album is released. Although recorded entirely by Ben Vida, Green Inferno is being attributed to the band Bird Show.

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