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Preston Swirnoff

California-based musician and composer Preston Swirnoff will play music from his solo project ‘Haunted Sea Songs of Bahia’ - dark, eerie folk ballads about the power of the ocean, disappearing fishermen, and lost love. Features versions of songs from the 1940’s by the legendary Brazilian composer Dorival Caymmi, played on classical guitar and sung in Portuguese, along with Swirnoff’s instrumental originals.  Preston’s background in punk, acid folk, and midnight jazz all come through in these mesmerizing, otherworldly sea shanties.  The album was released in four separate lathe-cut 7” editions and as a box set this year.  

Preston released ‘Maariv’, a solo album of electroacoustic compositions on Last Visible Dog records in 2008.  He has an extensive discography over the past 10+ years with experimental folk duo Monosov Swirnoff, ecstatic rock group Shining Path, Habitat Sound System, Seesaw Ensemble, and others.  Swirnoff has also composed scores for films, theater, art installations, and dance.  He has toured throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, and South America.