July 29, 2018

Double Decker Music Series 18

About the Performers

Nick Millevoi + Mike Kennedy duo

Nick Millevoi is a guitarist and composer whose music searches for the sonic cracks between jazz, rock & roll, noise, and modern composition. He leads the band Desertion Trio, featuring bassist Johnny DeBlase and drummer Kevin Shea, takes on the history of instrumental electric guitar music and throws it in a blender. Noisey describes Desertion Trio as “Supremely weird desert noir,” and NPR Music said the band’s debut “hits the sweet spot between Neil Young’s exploratory Crazy Horse jams and a spaghetti western soundtrack.” Their most recent release is Midtown Tilt on the Shhpuma/Clean Feed label, which Downbeat described as, “If Ennio Morricone chose to spotlight an appreciation for high-minded jazz scaffolding and psych-rock jams.”

In addition to Desertion Trio, Nick performs John Zorn’s Bagatelles with the Hollenberg-Millevoi Quartet, as a duo with organist Ron Stabinsky, and in Moppa Elliott’s Unspeakable Garbage. Nick was formerly a member of Many Arms (Tzadik) and Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, and has played with artists such as Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Dead Neanderthals, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma.

Mike Kennedy is a Philadelphia based guitarist, composer, and music educator. Over the last 20 years, Mike’s performance schedule has covered much of the East Coast and parts of California,Texas, Florida and Ohio. He has performed with commercially known international pop artists, such as Lou Rawls, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops and The Midtown Men as well as a long list of Philadelphia artists. Mike’s new CD, Landfall, has been described as a three-way between Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini and Danny Gatton. Painted with broad strokes of Americana, Folk and Jazz, Landfall is a sonic field trip to a land locked in time. Release date April, 24 2018. In addition to his regular performance schedule, Mike is the Guitar Department Chairperson at The University of The Arts, College of Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pa.

Millevoi and Kennedy will be performing a guitar duo of pieces by both musicians


Apologist is Rose Rae, a native Philadelphian making music with synthesizers and field recordings. Her debut tape, Houston was released on No Rent Records this February.