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A tango is all about moving smoothly as one with your partner. Orion Tango's tango is all about doing the same thing between minds and instruments. The newest project from Philadelphia's genre-defying 1k Recordings label consists of guitarist Tim Motzer, bassist Barry Meehan and drummer Jeremy Carlstedt: a team of premier musicians who've played together in various settings in the past, but never in this trio configuration before. Their self-titled debut shows both the familiarity of longtime collaborators and the eagerness of a fresh outfit just discovering what it can do.

Drawing on the experimental spirit of Krautrock as much as the deep rhythmic stew of urban dub, offering infectious power- rock grooves and occasional noise on the edge of chaos, Orion Tango is a thick slice of heavy power-trio improv as this crew does it best. It's a treat for familiar 1k listeners who love the forward-thinking eclecticism of Base3 or Global Illage, newcomers looking for one of the most exciting under-the-radar discoveries of the season, or just anyone with adventurous ears. Catch them onstage this fall and be ready for anything.

Tim Motzer is known for his distinct textural guitar voice utilizing looping, bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques. After 17 years of world touring, stunning collaborations, and over 70 albums of credits this Philadelphia-based guitarist continues to traverse manifold territories in music He has collaborated with musical luminaries: David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, drummer Jaki Liebezeit of CAN, Ursula Rucker, King Britt, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson, Markus Reuter, and jazz guitar virtuoso Kurt Rosenwinkel among many others. As a leader, his projects include Orion Tango, RMS (with Julie Slick & Tobias Ralph), Goldbug (featuring Theo Travis), Instant Takemitsu (with Dino J.A. Deane), Global illage, Base3, Nucultures, and Tim Motzer SOLO. He releases his genre-defying solo work and collaborations on his 1k Recordings imprint and webcasts sessions from his studio on He composes for film and video, and scores for international choreographers in the world of modern dance.

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