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75 Dollar Bill
“It’s hard not to slip into ridiculous hyperbole when it comes to 75 Dollar Bill. Best band in New York City? Best band in the USA? Best band in the universe? Whatever conclusion you come to personally, you’re gonna love the instrumental duo of guitarist Che Chen and percussionist Rick Brown. They’ve definitely nailed down a thrillingly original sound, centered around Chen’s specially designed quarter-tone guitar — something about his tone cuts right to the quick, with North African riffs blending into juke-joint boogies into more avant territory. Brown’s impressively minimalist setup (he mostly plays a wooden crate) is a perfect fit, adding a hypnotic thump to the mix. The whole thing is a little hard to describe, but trust me on this: 75 Dollar Bill is amazing. On the band’s latest release, Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock, the group expand the lineup — baritone saxes, droning violas and contrabass — and deliver their most powerful music yet. Things feel a bit more composed and fleshed out as opposed to the improvised feel of some of their earlier recordings, but it works just fine: four mindbending tracks… more
I am a Spanish painter and live and work in Madrid. I studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Where I really learned to paint was at an Art Academy called Artaquio. There I spent many afternoons. Painting quickly became a passion in my life.
At the beginning of my career, I mainly painted landscapes but, little by little, characters started sneaking onto the canvasses. The human figure slowly became more and more important, until the day I decided to get rid of the landscapes and make the human figure the protagonist of my paintings. My anonymous characters are only a means to express what really matters to me, which is the intangible, the emotions, the time that vanishes, our existential doubts and worries of everyday life.
My models are real people whose paths cross mine. When I travel – travelling is another great passion- I spend a lot of time taking thousands of photos of people from all over the world, and incorporate them into my particular world.
I feel very fortunate to be able to devote myself to painting. I love what I do and I focus on improving, researching, and learning everyday.
Here I’d like to thank all who support and have accompanied me along the way!
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