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Pyeng Threadgill

Pyeng Threadgill

It must be in the genes. How else can you explain Sweet Home: The Music of Robert Johnson (Random Chance), the adventurous debut from singer-songwriter Pyeng Threadgill? The daughter of jazz explorer Henry Threadgill and Christina Jones, the celebrated dance choreographer and founding member of the Urban Bush Women, Threadgill unearths the sultriness, melancholy and ebullience of Johnson’s Delta blues and remodels his music for the 21st century.

Like her father, Threadgill has an ear of experimental instrumentation. Rick Congress, owner of Random Chance, heard Threadgill and cellist Dana Leong perform at a mutual friend’s birthday party, and soon after he approached the singer about doing the project. “He originally just wanted me to do just cello and voice,” Threadgill says. “But I wanted to use all kinds of different instrumentations.” On Sweet Home, she uses acoustic guitars, naturally, but she peppers the soundscapes with cello, trumpet, trombones and subtle electronic embellishments.

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