Founding member of Sonic Youth, now in 30th year; composer/visual artist/writer etc. Recent live performances with partner Leah Singer, Contre Jour , have been large scale, multi-projection quadraphonic sound+light events, w Lee performing suspended electric guitar phenomena.
Lee and band are currently finishing up his second solo effort, a follow-up to 2012’s Between the Times & the Tides. The new record, as yet untitled, is to be released in September 2013, again on Matador. This will be Lee’s second fully self-penned, song-based album, a much more band-oriented affair this time out. After a year of touring behind the last record, the band is now fully road-tested, and features Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and new bassist Tim Luntzel. Fellow traveler John Medeski again puts in an appearance playing keyboards on the new disc. The band has an ongoing series of dates thru the summer, and will have a full touring schedule behind the record in the fall.
Although performing with the band is his current focus, Lee continues to perform experimental events with partner Leah Singer, and will premiere a new work for Berlin-based string ensemble Kaleidoskop (with Lee on acoustic guitar) with the group at the Holland Festival on June 14, 2013, with more performances to follow in the fall and spring 2014.
Lee currently has a drawing show in Porto, Portugal at Galeria Pedro Oliveira (May 2013). His visual and sound works have been on view recently at gallery and museum shows in Vienna, Prague, Antwerp, Tampa, Bratislava, Auckland, Salt Lake City and in Brooklyn and Manhattan NYC.
Other recent solo recordings include Glacial (LR/Tony Buck/David Watson) [Three Lobed, 2012]; Les Anges Du Peche: Thurston Moore/Jean-Marc Montera/Lee Ranaldo: guitar duets [Dysmusie, 2011]; and Afternoon Saints: The Shirley Jangle (with Christian Marclay, Gunter Muller, David Watson) [Kraak, 2009].
His latest collections of writings, How Not To Get Played On The Radio [SoundBarn Press 2011] and Against Refusing [Waterrow Press, 2010], enlist Internet spam as a springboard for poetry.
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Ground Control Touring’s Best of 2012: It’s a Wrap!
Bravo to all the Ground Control Touring artists who made 2012 an exciting year in music and landed spots on the “Best of 2012” lists. Soak up the glory and see how our artists performed this year in the list below.…
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