Spending January on the West Coast? Tired of traditional love songs sung in boring old English? Well then you’re in for a treat, as the one and only Arrington de Dionyso will be traversing up and down the Western seaboard (with a few early stops in Arizona) to bring his personal brand of indigenous-inspired Indonesian love ballads to a venue that you’ll need to ask a 19-year-old for directions to.
Dionyso recently visited the world’s largest Muslim nation, and this round of performances is said to be inspired by that experience. It should be interesting to see how Arrington’s live show presents itself following the visit, seeing as his 2011 album Suara Naga (#39 on TMT’s Favorite 50 Albums of 2011) was reportedly written as a declaration of love to a woman living in Indonesia, for whom Arrington went out of his way to learn the native tongue. Sure, anyone could pick up Indonesian in a few hours, but still, he must really like her.
Joining Arrington on some of the dates is his backing band, Malaikat dan Singa, while on others, he’ll be sharing the bill with ethereal (and sometimes spooky!) songstress Larkin Grimm. Grimm will be playing tunes from her forthcoming release, Soul Retrieval, due in February. If you can find the improvised art space that they’ll be playing on any given night this month, you’re surely in for a good time.
01.10.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Funny World (House Show) #
01.11.12 - Tucson, AZ - La Cocina #
01.12.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Public Fiction Gallery
01.13.12 - San Francisco, CA - Film Night at Vortex Room %
01.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
01.15.12 - Arcata, CA - The Bat Cave (House Show)
01.16.12 - Salem, OR - TBA or House Show
01.17.12 - Lecture at Evergreen State College
01.19.12 - Olympia, CA - TBA
01.20.12 - Seattle, WA - Cairo
01.21.12 - Portland, OR - Project Grow #
01.22.12 - Ferndale, CA - TBA
01.24.12 - Sacramento, CA - Bows and Arrows Collective
01.25.12 - Oakland, CA - TBA
01.26.12 - San Luis Obispo - The Crossroads
01.27.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Biko Collective
01.28.12 - Irvine, CA - UC Irvine
01.29.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
# with Malaikat dan Singa
% Arrington de Dionyso only