Photo: Bryony McIntyre

Alan Licht, Chris Corsano, Jandek, Loren Mazzacane Connors & Matt Heyner

Issue Project Room, New York 05

In 2005 we produced a series of performances with Corwood Industries with appearances at our INSTAL and Music Lovers Field Companion festivals along with a series of dates around the UK and in the US. This event at Issue Project Room featured Jandek and Loren Mazzacane Connors performing with Alan Licht. The tour was meant to have stopped in New Orleans, but due to Hurricane Katrina, was diverted and this gig at Issue Project Room (in their Gowanus silo space) was set up at the last minute.


Loren Mazzacane Connors & Alan Licht

Loren Connor’s conceptions for guitar are some of the most deeply human and moving recordings ever cut.  From the late ‘70s, recording under a raft of aliases (Loren Mazzacane, Loren Mattel and Guitar Roberts before settling on Loren Mazzacane Connors in the early 90s), he has pared down and honed a profoundly melancholic approach to guitar playing – an utterly deep introspection told in aching, weeping guitar lines; melodic, simple and with heartbreaking staccato phrasing; always minimal but somehow entirely epic.

Loren has a long history of collaboration, having worked with Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, John Fahey and Thurston Moore amongst many others.  His work with Alan Licht though, is particularly inspired; Licht seeming to have an ability to craft simultaneously abstract and intuitive improvisations in tandem with Connor’s peeling sound. Whether the work is fragile and quiet or laden 



Jandek’s is a melancholic, ghostly and desolate moan of a voice, as haunted as any of the great blues singers, bent to a sometimes iron, sometimes faltering will; enunciating far-sighted yet personal visions of universal existential truths. The songs are full of allegorical fictions and metaphoric dramas, degenerate and oblique blues imagery, hallucinatory theology and corrupted childhood memories.


The audio and video recordings of this performance were released as Brooklyn Wednesday (Corwood 0789) and lists the tracks as

Set One
Disc One
Put Me There (11:21)
Destroy the Day (10:43)
Obscure Physics (8:26)
Structure of Words (9:02)
Disc Two
All I Want (5:11)
Lonely World (8:32)
Change My Brain (9:51)
I'll Send a Thought Out Floating (5:09)
I Love You (10:51)
Set Two
Disc One
How 'R You (13:31)
City Pounding Down (12:12)
Different Blues (9:21)
My Necessity (8:21)
Disc Two[edit]
Sea of People (7:59)
Sorry, Sorry (9:13)
Tequila Girl (10:54)
Just Enough (10:15) 
  • Audio - Loren Connors & Alan Licht