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Ma Ja Le + Jeff Pearce Live

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(Philadelphia 02-08-99) Tribal Ambient duo Ma Ja Le will perform a concert
of Electronic Music at The Star's End Gathering on Saturday, March 6th,
1999 in Philadelphia.

Using synthesizers, guitar, outboard processing gear and an array of exotic
instruments, Ma Ja Le creates an extended musical journey through rhythms,
soundworlds and sonic atmospheres.

Based in Milwaukee, Ma Ja Le consists of Chris Short (synths, effects,
flutes and Guitartronics) and Paul Vnuk Jr. (synths, voice and percussion).
Thus far they have released two full length CDs: "Dreams In The Orchards Of
Saturn" and (teamed with ambient groove wizard Vir Unis and produced by
Steve Roach) "Imaginarium".

Pursuing the course laid down by the recent music of Steve Roach, Vidna
Obmana and Robert Rich, Ma Ja Le is making significant contributions to the
emerging genre of Tribal Ambient. They have carefully examined the genre
and produce music with contrast, subtlety and originality. Drawing on their
influencences and their own inspiration, Ma Ja Le offers clear, crafted
timbres, driving pulse percussion, swirling clouds of harmonics and
floating dream textures.

Ma Ja Le's Gathering performance will be their first ever on the east coast
of the USA and will reflect their interest in soundscapes, texture and

Opening for Ma Ja Le will be sonic innovator Jeff Pearce. Based in the
Indianapolis area, Pearce is well known to the Spacemusic community for his
unique approach to playing guitar. The tones Pearce produces do not betray
their origin as they are processed, delayed, distorted and looped to create
complex harmonies and timbres not usually associated with an ordinary
electric guitar. Pearce's triumph does not lie merely in the technical but
in the emotional aspect of his playing. His music is compelling and moody,
and displays a talent for traversing the Space, Ambient, Experimental and
New Age genres.

With four full length CDs to his credit and represented on several
prestigeous anthologies, Pearce "mines the terrain where Ambient, Space and
Minimalism converge...". His music ranges from deep, dark, lengthy
soundworlds to bright, elegant, focused compositions. Performing live
infrequently, Pearce's appearence in Philadelphia at the Star's End
Gathering is unique.

The Star's End Gathering with Ma Ja Le and Jeff Pearce will take place from
8pm to 11pm on Saturday, March 6th, 1999 at St. Mary's Church, 3916 Locust
Walk, Philadelphia, PA. Admission at the door is $15; $10 w/WXPN MemberCard
and $5 w/proper student ID.

Before The Gathering: WXPN MemberCard holders are welcome to attend a free
Spacemusic workshop/discussion moderated by Star's End host Chuck van Zyl.
van Zyl will lead a discussion pertaining to the technology behind the
music, and Gathering artist Jeff Pearce will be on hand with his guitar and
effects processors to demonstrate the process and craft by which he
realizes his sound.

The WXPN Members Only Spacemusic workshop will run from 7-7:30pm on March
6th, 1999 at St. Mary's Church. Just show your current WXPN MemberCard at
the door and you'll be admitted free to the workshop.

Concert Preview: In the weeks prior to the concert, the Star's End radio
program will regularly feature the music of Ma Ja Le and Jeff Pearce. A
live telephone interview with the artists is scheduled for the 02.28.99

Following The Gathering: the Star's End radio program will feature a live
in-studio performance by featured Gathering artist Jeff Pearce. Tune in to
Star's End on 03.07.99 and hear a totally improvised, live radio concert
from one of the Ambient community's most innovative guitarists.

Where to find Star's End

Saturday Nights/Sunday Mornings 1:00am to 6:00am on:

88.5fm WXPN Philadelphia, PA
88.1fm WXPH Harrisburg, PA
90.5fm WKHS Worton/Baltimore, MD
104.5fm Allentown, PA

Gatherings are live concerts featuring musicians from the ambient,
electronic and space music worlds.  For more info:  http://www.starsend.org

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