Richard Pinhas at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Sunday, June 1

After the wind kicks up a wave way out in the ocean, the churning water crests, falls, troughs, and rises for miles and miles. The wave fights through random redirections of shape, height, and duration in a repeating swirl until it crashes into land or disappears with the wind’s death. This is how French guitarist Richard Pinhas, the mastermind behind mid-’70s avant-prog group Heldon, creates much of his music, too. It’s particularly true of Tikkun, one of two new albums he’s released through his longtime label, Silver Spring–based Cuneiform Records. Made in conjunction with Australian sound scientist Oren Ambarchi, the Kabbalah-inspired Tikkun is an endless swell, looping and crashing against itself, creating a hypnotic tsunami of sound that is as frightening as it is majestic. Pinhas’ other new album, Welcome in the Void, created with Japanese drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, is the second part of his Devolution Trilogy. Its spiraling freedom and chaos reflects the philosophical idea that nothingness is at the core of modern society—like the hollow barrel inside a breaking wave. Richard Pinhas performs with Surak + Hawkins and TL0741 at 7:30 p.m. at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $10. (301) 608-9101.

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