Ignition Duo is the electric guitar ensemble of David Gonzales and Ramon Fermin. The two came together in 2011 with the intention of building up a new and vital repertoire for electric guitar duo via intensive collaboration with established and emerging composers. The results of such collaboration with the Guerilla Composers Guild were presented a little less than a year ago at the Center for New Music. Another major collaboration took place with the composition department of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Tomorrow will see the debut of the duo’s first album, Ablaze Amidst the Horns. The release will feature world premiere recordings of eight new works, whose respective composers are (in alphabetical order, which seems fair) Nick Bacchetto, Ryan Brown, Danny Clay, Marc Evans, Nick Norton, Luke Taylor, Dan VanHassel, and Nick Vasallo. Brown’s “Double Negative” was the Ignition Duo’s very first commission in 2012, while the newest work on the recording comes from Vasallo. “The Doorway” is actually a “teaser” for an upcoming large-scale work whose premiere is planned for this coming summer.
The title of the album has nothing to do with the wind players in a jazz band. Rather, it is based on an image created by the nineteenth-century occultist Eliphas Levi, which depicts the flame of knowledge sitting between the horns of the idol of the deity Baphomet, which was presumably worshipped by the Knights Templar. Levi’s image is sometimes known as the “Sabbatic Goat;” and it depicts binary opposites such as male and female, good and evil, and day and night. The Latin words on the arms translate as “separate” (solve) and “join together” coagula.
Neck of the Woods will celebrate this debut occasion by hosting an album release party tomorrow evening. Ignition Duo will perform a selection of pieces from the album, including the compositions by Brown, Clay, Bacchetto, Norton, and VanHassel. They will be preceded by a opening set which will be a solo cello performance by Oakland-based Lewis Patzner. He will perform both original compositions and arrangements.
Neck of the Woods is located at 406 Clement Street. The doors for this performance will open at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, January 30. The music will begin at 9 p.m. The event will be limited to those aged 21 and older. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $15 for priority seating. $12 tickets may be purchased in advance online through a Ticketfly event page. Admission to the show includes a download code for the album.