Guitarist Chris Forsyth’s hypnotic compositions assimilate art rock texture with folk, blues, and experimental influences. Long active in the improv/experimental underground, he’s released a series of acclaimed solo and band-oriented records over the past few years, including his 2009 private press LP Dreams (reissued in 2011 on Family Vineyard) and Early Astral, a 2012 duo LP with Mountains’ Koen Holtkamp on Blackest Rainbow, that have earned favorable comparisons to Sandy Bull’s raga-fied Chuck Berry-isms and the majestic guitar tapestries of Television and Popol Vuh. His 2011 Paranoid Cat LP (also on Family Vineyard) has been described as “the work of an emergent master” (Uncut) and “a rapturous transmutation of noise into light” (Wire). Forsyth has toured throughout Europe and the US, sharing stages with such like-minded artists as Steve Gunn, Bill Orcutt, Ignatz, Rhys Chatham, and Träd Gräs och Stenar, and, from 2002 to 2011, as a member of Peeesseye. He has also collaborated with artists including Meg Baird, Tetuzi Akiyama, Mike Pride, Nate Wooley, Shawn Edward Hansen, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin, among others. Currently in the works are a split cassette for the Preservation label with Loren Connors, and a collaboration with choreographer Meg Foley. Forsyth was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship int he Arts and resides in the City of Philadelphia, USA.