Modern music’s workhorse, the guitar, seems to be having its moment in the (wintry) sun around town lately. In addition to the New York Guitar Festival, currently going on through Jan. 29, a separate event celebrating avant-garde guitar music takes place at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday night.
Brooklyn indie guitar outfit Threefifty Duo is one of the four musical acts -- along with Dither, Andrew McKenna Lee and Twi the Humble Feather -- performing at a show dubbed “Indie-Classical Guitars: Music for 1, 2, 3 and 4 Guitars.”
The classically-trained pair that is Threefifty Duo -- Brett Parnell and event organizer Geremy Schulick -- met as grad students at The Yale of School of Music in 2003. They formed the band shortly after, in 2005, and named themselves after a circular degree symbolizing, to them, that an artist's work is never complete.
Threefifty Duo’s 2006 self-titled debut shows off the group's (whimsical) versatility by tucking in a few Super Mario Bros instrumentals a couple tracks after their own compositions and Bach, Brahms, and Handel standards. Parnell and Schulick followed up the record with Circles in 2009, a work that blends elements of rock and folk with their classical sound.
Download the titular track “Circles” above, and watch the stop-motion animation-like music video for “Victory Drill” from the sophomore effort below.
Threefifty Duo performs at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday night.