Under the not-so-clever moniker of "Uncle Woody Sullender", Woody Sullender performs improvised banjo music, playing with and against the cultural baggage of the instrument. While alluding to the "traditional" musics of his home states of Virginia and North Carolina, he explores a diverse plane of plucked string music from around the world as well as incorporating punk, noise, free jazz, etc.. He has performed with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Kyle Bruckmann...
He has performed with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Kyle Bruckmann, Carol Genetti, Jason Ajemian, Chris Forsyth, members of the Vandermark 5, TV Pow, and Cheer Accident, among others. In 2004, he collaborated with sound artist Maryanne Amacher, incorporating his banjo recordings into "TEO! A sonic sculpture" which won the Golden Nica at the 2005 Ars Electronica festival. Among other activities, he can currently be heard Sunday nights (Monday mornings) 12am-3pm, DJing on WFMU.
Sullender has a new cd out, The Tempest is Over, with his duo with cellist Kevin Davis. (available from dead ceo)