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Loren MazzaCane (Connors)
Five Points
Guitar Series Vol. II

1994

Table of the Elements
[Phosphorus] TOE-SS-15
7-inch single

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TONY CONRAD (USA)
JOHN FAHEY (USA)
GASTR DEL SOL (USA)
BRUCE GILBERT (UK)
BERHNARD GÜNTER (GERMANY)
KEIJI HAINO + FUSHITSUSHA (JAPAN)
THURSTON MOORE AND FRIENDS (USA)
LOREN MAZZACANE CONNORS (USA)
JIM O’ROURKE (USA)
SPECIAL GUESTS

YTTRIUM
TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS FESTIVAL NO. 2

Table of the Elements
November 7, 8 and 9
1996

[Yttrium] TOE-29
The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL
Three-day festival pass: $25.00
Producers: Jeff Hunt and Kris Johnson

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Loren Mazzacane Connors
The Murder of Joan of Arc
Lanthanides Series

2003

Table of the Elements
[Praseodymiur] SWC-LP-59
Phono LP, silkscreen, luminous ink

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Loren Connors
Sails
2005

Table of the Elements
[Actinium] TOE-CD-89
2x compact discs, custom enclosure

To accompany guitarist Loren Connors (née Mazzacane) is to discover a strange and forgotten America, then venture irreversibly beyond. Connors is frequently pegged as an avant bluesman, and the blues are never far from the surface of his art—but what a shimmering surface. The brevity and lyricism of his improvisations bear the mark of haiku; the floating, expressionist tones reflect the influence of Mark Rothko; and as he conjures keening Celtic wails, Connors offers himself as medium to the ghosts of New York City Past.

With Sails, Connors enters the third decade of such intimate explorations. In the course of these two discs, we pass through saturated phrasings, slowly undulating drones, doldrumic introspection and squalls of white noise. The penultimate highlight is a duet with Connors' aesthetic compadre, the late, great John Fahey. It's an intuitive and seemingly predestined meeting of two enlightened fellow travelers: wily Fahey as the Dr. Livingstone of raw Americana to Connors' indefatigable Stanley. For his own part, Connors can evoke more clarity and purity in a short cluster of notes than most of his shred-happy contemporaries can muster in a lifetime—and with Fahey's passing, he may be justifiably considered this country's greatest living guitarist.

Ultimately, Loren Connors’ path, while not for the timid, is one of unspeakable treasure: a journey to the heart of brightness; a quest to penetrate a Terra Incognita of the soul.

“Connors’ trademarks … are consistently prominent and sublime, always inferring something that runs a little thicker than sound… It makes sense that the like-minded John Fahey even saluted Connors on his final album with a piece using, in part, the same wandering tones and atmosphere, showing that after the poetries and aesthetics of life are gone, after style and sense are gone, there is something much harder to deal with – that innate, tangible void that Connors has spent his life tugging at draws ever near.”
Dusted

“[Connors] is an American original in much the same sense as John Fahey or Jandek, in that he’s chosen a classically American form, in this case the blues, and in true pioneer spirit taken it off somewhere else, crossed it with other forms … and shaped it into a uniquely individual vision of the modern American myth Connors] has created a singularly expressive and unique musical vocabulary. In short, he still sounds like no one else.”
The Wire

“Loren MazzaCane Connors isn’t a cult hero for no reason. His music is awe-inspiring … a one-person gentle tornado, Connors can get deep into human feelings with a single guitar.”
Pop Matters

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Loren Mazzacane Connors
Jean-Marc Montera
Thurston Moore
Lee Ranaldo
MMMR
1997

Xeric/Numero Zero Audio
XER-CD/LP-99
Compact disc/phono LP

As members of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo continue to pump the most radical tenets of American experimentalism into the heart of rock music; in recent years they have also extended their reputations as world-class improvisers. French phenom Jean-Marc Montera records for the legendary FMP label and has collaborated with an amazing host of free-music luminaries, including Evan Parker, Paul Lovens and Han Bennink. However it is the keening blues wail of Loren Mazzacane Connors that leads this expedition of electric guitars to the farthest reaches of a vast, cinematic soundscape.

Recorded by Martin Stumpf (Phillip Glass, David Bowie) at Sonic Youth's Echo Canyon Studios, NYC.

"This is great improvised music. It is beautiful and complex and, most importantly, it breathes. As good and as moving as anything you'll hear this year."
John Fahey