“I am proud to present three new duos, all of which reside in that actively ambiguous borderland between composition and improvisation, and I am honored to bring three amazing musicians to the task: Tomas Ulrich, Kevin Hufnagel, and Samuel Smith.
The first duo is entitled “For Mary” and features ‘cellist Tomas Ulrich. I’ll be playing quiet and meditative electric guitar structures, giving this master improviser lots of room of compose his parts in the moment. The second duo is entitled “III, for Electric Guitars”. It is a rich and ecstatic sonic contemplation, and I am beyond thrilled to have Kevin Hufnagel join me for it. The third and final duo, “IV, for Electric Guitars” is a massive sonic lava flow, to be molded and kneaded by texture master Samuel Smith. Three new duos, three awesome players, this is going to be sick…” – Nick Didkovsky (program notes for WinterProg)
Cellist-composer Tomas Ulrich has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Anthony Davis, McCoy Tyner, Anthony Braxton, Derek Bailey, Coheed and Cambria, and Doctor Nerve.
Kevin Hufnagel is a solo artist and guitarist for Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, and Vaura.
Samuel Smith is a guitarist, bassist, and composer who currently performs with Long Island death metal outfit Artificial Brain.
Nick Didkovsky is a composer, guitarist, educator, and software developer. He founded the bands Doctor Nerve, Häßliche Luftmasken, and Vomit Fist.
released February 4, 2015
Nick Didkovsky - guitar
Kevin Hufnagel - guitar
Samuel Smith - guitar
Tomas Ulrich - cello
Recorded live on Jan 31, 2015 at WinterProg Festival at Spectrum, NYC
Audio recording by Scott Friedlander and Nick Didkovsky
Audio post-production by Nick Didkovsky