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January 16, 2021
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Music at Issue Project Room

By Alexandra Glorioso
Photo Courtesy of Che Chen & Robbie Lee

April 4, 8 p.m.: Haunted House, Che Chen & Robbie Lee, Helena Espvall, and Sondra Sun-Odeon.

Haunted House played at Tonic, the Cooler, Brownies and other venues in the late 1990s, until one of its band members moved away. The band was comprised of avant blues guitarist Loren Connors, vocalist/lyricist Suzanne Langille, avant guitarist Andrew Burnes (of San Agustin) and Neel Murgai (soundtrack for “The Yes Men Fix the World”) on the daf. They re-unite for this performance, after roughly a 10-year hiatus. Simon Hopkins in Motion Reviews writes:  “…There’s something extraordinarily alien about the blues that all the ‘rootsy’ marketing in the world can’t deny.”

Che Chen & Robbie Lee are Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalists with a unique approach to free improvisation developed over the last several years. Using a shifting constellation of instruments that has included bass clarinets, baroque recorders, reed and pipe organs, renaissance keyboard instruments, flutes, saxophones, bowed and plucked strings, little drums, bells, tape machines and their voices, Che Chen and Robbie Lee create earthy, slow moving improvisations.


Sondra Sun-Odeon is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist/vocalist transplanted from California where she spent her childhood taping classical music pieces off the radio and sneaking a hand held transistor radio into bed surreptitiously. She writes and performs in the Brooklyn band Silver Summit, as well as performing solo.

Born and raised in Sweden, and having played the guitar and cello in several rock bands (as well as performing in a silent movie orchestra and an Arabian Music ensemble), Helena Espvall moved to the US in the year 2000. Besides performing with renowned Philadelphia band Espers, Helena collaborates with many others in the psychedelic folk and free improvisation world. She has recorded with folk guitar legend Bert Jansch.

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