Mimi Goese & Ben Neill
Artist DescriptionFollowing critically acclaimed performances of their musical theater piece Persephone, Mimi Goese & Ben Neill unveil Songs for Persephone August 30 on Ramseur Records. Songs for Persephone creates a vehicle for Goese’s vocal and performance style—which Rolling Stone likens to “eloquent sonic ballet”—as well as for Neill’s performance on his self-designed mutantrumpet, “a schizophrenic trumpet [used] to create art music for the people (WIRED).”
Goese is known as the lead singer/co-songwriter of Hugo Largo, the critically acclaimed minimalist punk/pop group who released two albums on Brian Eno’s Opal label in the ’80s. After touring with musician/producer Hector Zazou and co-writing/singing on the Moby album Everything is Wrong, Goese’s solo album Soak was released by Luaka Bop, David Byrne’s label.
Neill is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. He has recorded eight CDs of his music on labels including Universal/Verve, Thirsty Ear, Astralwerks and Six Degrees. His most recent CD Night Science was released in 2009 on Thirsty Ear.