"Matisyahu's guitarist Aaron Dugan describes his background as coming out of John Coltrane and Sonic Youth. Here he's playing assertive noise guitar with a backbone of granite lyricism against Jeff Arnal's hard-as-nails drumming. The music is so compacted and diligently controlled that its 45 minute duration feels longer, as improvisations flat-pack themselves down to essentials.. So much of Dog Day is perched between harmony and noise.." - Philip Clark, the Wire, UK
"This duo is hooked up! There is strong balance and powerful flow of ideas back and forth. Free rock/jazz?!? No matter what you might call it, these cats are listening and responding quickly and tightly.. Quite a successful pairing of their talents and often an unexpected delight." - BLG, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC
"Jeff Arnal is one of the premier improvising drummer/percussionists on the globe. With this newly issued outing, he teams with Philadelphia-reared guitarist Aaron Dugan for some zealous episodes containing fun, frolic and masterful invention. They extend the probabilities of standard duo fare via highly rhythmic jaunts and counterbalancing dialogues... In sum, the musicians breakdown a few genres while adhering to customary free-jazz approaches, all executed with clever methodology that aims to excite one’s neural senses." - Glenn Astarita, www.ejazznews.com
"AARON DUGAN's guitar work radiates in Laswell's mix and his sound is a foundational pillar for Matisyahu's magic" William Glasspiegel, Pop Matters. Aaron Dugan is a guitarist and composer originally from Philadelphia PA who relocated to New York City in 1998. He studied Jazz at Bucks County Community College and received his BFA in Jazz Performance at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. Aaron has written music for his own projects Astro-Cusion, Ducarriganigan, Jungulungularity, Sevenseventeen, Senor Salty Balls, Roots Tonic as well as other original projects. He has performed with Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, Ikue Mori, Maya Dunietz, George Garzone, John Lee, Ori Kaplan, C Rayz Walz, So Called, Zeena Parkins, Shizad Ismaly, Tim Keiper, Brian Marsella, Seth Misterka, Amy Carrigan. He has been touring, co-writing, and recording with Matisyahu for four years. He's recorded three albums produced by Bill Laswell.
“Percussionist Jeff Arnal’s balletic sense of time and imaginative deployment of colour have combined into a highly original concept." (The Wire) Arnal frequently performs and collaborates with a wide range of musicians and choreographers in the U.S. and Europe. In 2007 Drifting Awake, his multi-media piece premiered at The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, NY. Other recent performances include: Ausland (Berlin), deSingel (Antwerp), German Nordwestradio (Bremen), Hallwalls (Buffalo NY), Music at the Anthology (NYC) & Music Gallery (Toronto). He has received grants and fellowships from ASCAP, Brooklyn Arts Council, Meet the Composer and Art Omi International. His music can be heard on a number of independent record labels, including Rogue States with Gordon Beeferman (Generate 2006), MEJA with Michael Evans (C3R 2006), Tripwire (Creative Sources 2006), Transit (Clean Feed 2005) and with Dietrich Eichmann (Leo 2004, Broken Research 2007). Arnal holds a BA in Music Composition from the University of Maryland and a MFA in Music and Improvisation from Bennington College. Currently Jeff lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, choreographer Estelle Woodward and their son Thomas.