Formed in 2012 in New York City by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen, 75 Dollar Bill created quite a stir with their 2016 album “WOOD/METAL/PLASTIC/PATTERN/RHYTHM/ROCK” (Glitterbeat). An album which The Observer called: “[A] gloriously mind-frying, ritualistic splatter of Zen blues and Arabic and African music-influenced riff-rock repetition”. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, early electric blues, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their hometown. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently expands into other configurations live and on record, from trio to 25-piece marching band. At ALICE they will perform in a special trio formation of the band features long-time collaborator Andrew Lafkas on upright bass. 75 Dollar Bill performed at Roskilde Festival in 2017 where they were hailed by critics for their trance inducing performance. Earlier in 2019 they released the acclaimed double album “I Was Real”
Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara is a well known face in Denmark, where he has played several incredible shows with his duo Senyawa. In December we’re looking forward to present yet another mind expanding project of his: the quartet Zoo. Started as a noisy fast paced band with punk attitude in 2005, Zoo began to shift the music to become more conceptual and added lots of tribal and traditional feel into the heaviness in the second and third album, creating new and undefined Indonesian rock music. The band now is evolving to become an art project that will end by the year 2025. Each album represents each element of civilization, from language in Prasasti (2012), architecture in Samasthamarta (2015), and religion in Khawagaka (2018). Zoo invented its own language system and writings as well as a fictious holy book written in that language called Khawagaka (Six Teachings). If that may sound abstract, don’t worry – Zoo is still a highly mesmerizing live experience and without doubt they will deliver a show out of the ordinary at ALICE!