Streets of Philadelphia: Desertion Trio and SoP Chamber Ensemble
Streets of Philadelphia is a series of 25 new compositions by Nick Millevoi. These pieces, all inspired by and named after streets in Philadelphia, were written to be played by any instrumentation. They're all new compositions and none of them have been recorded, so think of this as my new album, it's just on paper. The book was designed and printed on Risograph by Erik Ruin, a Philadelphia-based visual artist and leader of the audiovisual band, Ominous Cloud. The Streets of Philadelphia book is limited to 100 copies.
To celebrate the release of this book, Millevoi has assembled an all star cast of musicians to perform three special concerts in Philadelphia at Pageant : Soloveev on September 27, October 25, and November 9.
September 27, 2019
Nick Millevoi is a guitarist and composer whose music searches for the sonic cracks between jazz, rock and roll, noise, and modern composition. He leads the band, Desertion Trio, featuring bassist Johnny DeBlase and drummer Kevin Shea, whose sound has been described as “supremely weird desert noir” (Noisey) and “the sweet spot between Neil Young's exploratory Crazy Horse jams and a spaghetti western soundtrack” (NPR Music). Desertion Trio has released three full-length albums on the labels Shhpuma/Clean Feed and Long Song Records, which have been lauded by outlets such as Downbeat Magazine, and JazzTimes, with Rolling Stone describing their latest release, Twilight Time as “warmly nostalgic and potently surreal.”
Nick is a member of Moppa Elliott’s Unspeakable Garbage and was a co-leader of the power trio Many Arms, releasing five full-length records, including two for John Zorn’s Tzadik label. He was one half of the duo Archer Spade, along with trombonist Dan Blacksberg. Nick has performed John Zorn’s Bagatelles as a co-leader of the Hollenberg-Millevoi Quartet (with guitarist Matt Hollenberg); was a member of Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, performing on their critically-acclaimed double-LP, The Rarity of Experience, as well as a member of Hassidic doom metal band Deveykus. In addition to these longer standing collaborations, Nick has performed with Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Dead Neanderthals, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Fugazi’s Joe Lally.
NPR Music says, “When Nick Millevoi plays the guitar, it's like a rocket darting skyward between clouds.” Pitchfork has described his sound as “music that seeks the sun by exploding toward it.” Brooklyn Vegan calls Millevoi "an attacking chessmaster, tossing out chameleonesque scales and runs." Millevoi's music has been reviewed by Noisey, SPIN, NPR Music, The Onion AV Club, Wire magazine, and many others.