Chicago-reared, NYC-based trumpeter Jaimie Branch has played with the likes of Spoon, TV on the Radio and Belle Orchestre. After 10 years of being down to jam with jazz, post-rock and doom metal groups, Branch steps out with her assured debut album, Fly or Die, fronting a band featuring noted Chicago percussionist Chad Taylor and cellist-composer Tomeka Reid...
A master on a self-built 23 string banjo, Paul Metzger's Idiosyncratic & deeply original long form improvisations can bring to mind American primitive guitar, the sarod of Hindustani music, or the Chinese Erhu. But fundamentally his music grows from a deep commitment to exploring every possible expressive sound that can be extracted from his instrument. His 'home-made' aesthetic has drawn comparisons to DIY mavericks like Charlie Nothing or Eugene Chadbourne with his electric rake, but the depth of Metzger's explorations led David Keenan to assert in The Wire magazine that Metzger "reveal(s) the true meaning of virtuosity." A key voice in the world of avant-garde & experimental folk, he creates a music evocative of some magical forgotten age, but is simultaneously deeply rooted in the eternal present when fingers touch strings.
“…Metzger’s banjo and guitar contain multitudes. Suspended between past and future, honouring the tradition while hijacking it, listening for its voice while revelling in its inarticulacies; this is how the thing sings. And the song, in the obsessive extensions of Metzger’s instruments, truly has no ending.” - The Wire
Guitarist, thereminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is a musical enigma of the best kind. At the root of his playing is something akin to traditional stride, but rich with quivering whammy bar wobble and shimmering feedback. He often plays the tailfin strings of his archtop like one would play harmonics, or retunes seamlessly mid-stream to create a shifting temperament across the length of a piece. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey and Loren Mazzacane-Connors can be heard here, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He will sing otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself fingerpicking, or will throw modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.
“When wandering the stage singing into the F-holes of his electric arch top bringing forth arpeggios of feedback, or waving the neck of his guitar in the vicinity of a howling theremin, indeed, he seems to be playing the very air itself.” - Electro Motive Records
Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 7:30 PM 10:30 PM | $6 - $10
Mia Zabelka is an Austrian contemporary classical composer and sound artist as well as an amazing improvising musician and vocalist. She has collaborated with a string of exciting artists from around the world and works with acoustic and electric violin, voice, electronic devices, contact mics and laptop. Her electric groups include Mia Zabelka / Gavino Canu, Medusa’s Bed with Lydia Lunch & Zahra Mani, ASTMA, Zabelka /Petit and Redshift Orchestra. Acoustically she works as a soloist and with Trio Blurb (w.Maggie Nicols/ John Russell) duos Gino Robair, Sofia Härdig and Nicola L. Hein and groups Carlos Zingaro/ Jean-Marc Foussat/ Mia Zabelka and the ZZM Trio. She also curates KlangHaus Untergreith andPhonofemme in Austria. After completing her training with a very strong classical emphasis, she began to develop her own highly individual technique over a period of years, in which she succeeded in making her violin “sing” as a result of which she has become the focus of intense audience interest in all of her performances. She has lived and worked in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Cologne and South Styria. Mia Zabelka’s first solo album „M“, released on Monotype Records (Poland), received many enthusiastic reviews from all over the world. Her new solo album “M2” will be released in winter 2017. “M is above all a particularly vibrant masterpiece of experimental music”, The Milkman (UK); “Highly inventive work from the Austrian violinist Mia Zabelka on her M” , The SoundProjector Magazine (UK); “Mia has an outstanding ability to make her instrument(s) speak to the audience, telling beautiful, fascinating and thrilling stories that won’t leave us unmoved. If you achieve this, apart from virtuosity, you are a great artist indeed. The letter M stands for masterful, magical, mesmerizing.“ Caleidoscoop (NL).
Katherine Liberovskaya is an intermedia artist based in New York City and Montreal, Canada. Involved in experimental video since the 80s, she has produced many single-channel videos, video installation works and video and music performances which have been presented at a wide variety of events and venues around the world. Among these: MOMA PS1 PrintShop NYC; The Duolun Museum and The Aurora Museum, Shanghai, China; The Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; The Bitola Museum, Macedonia (FYROM); The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Besançon, France; The Tito Museum, Belgrade, Serbia; The Kyoto University Museum, Japan; The Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, Portugal; The Roskilde Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; The National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; The Beirut Art Center, Lebanon; The Contemporary Art Center Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland... Since 2001 her work predominantly focuses on the intersection of image and sound, in solo video-audio installation/environments and often in collaborations with composers and sound artists notably in live video+sound performance. Frequent collaborators include Phill Niblock, Al Margolis/If,Bwana, Keiko Uenishi, Mia Zabelka, David Watson, Shelley Hirsch, Guy de Bievre... among many others. Since 2003 she has been exploring improvised video in live video+sound performance situations where her live visuals seek to create improvisatory "music" for the eyes. Over the years she has performed in concert with numerous artists including: Monique Buzzarte, Anne Wellmer, Tom Hamilton, Margarida Garcia, Manuel Mota, Anthony Coleman, Barry Weisblat, Mazen Kerbaj, murmer, Andre Gonçalves, Giuseppe Ielasi, Alessandro Bossetti, Andre Eric Letourneau, Jason Khan, Jim Bell, David Grollman, Doug Van Nort, among many others. Recent projects have involved: Anna Homler, Leslie Ross, Chantal Dumas, Richard Garet, Mia Zabelka, Dorit Chrysler, Emilie Mouchous, Erin Sexton, Corinne Rene and Philippe Lauzier, Magali Babin, Sonoa Paço-Rocchia, Nao Nishihara. Recent solo projects include: the audiovisual installations "Insular Air-Play" (2017), "Mise-en-Abyme Cu29" (2016), "Rake" (2015-16), "sonimaginations tissulaires" (2014-16), "NoizeBreeze" (2014-17), "Air-Play" (2013), "Amplifontana" (2012-16) and "Shines" (2008-16) and the intermedia installation "Muidebrugge Wave (Matisse/Haacke Blues)" (2015). Since the late 1980s she has received over 30 grants and arts awards in Canada, U.S.A. and France. Concurrently she curates and organizes the Screen Compositions evenings at Experimental Intermedia, NYC, since 2005 and, since 2006, the OptoSonic Tea salons with Ursula Scherrer at Diapason, NYC, and in various nomadic locations, in New York, North America and Europe, with OptoSonic Tea On the Road. In 2014 she completed a PhD in art practice entitled "Improvisatory Live Visuals: Playing Images Like a Musical Instrument" at the Universite du Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).
Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 7:30 PM 10:30 PM | $6 - $10
Since 2010, this Signal Problems has been Danny Gouker’s main outlet as a composer/bandleader. For its entire history, this group has had the same lineup: Danny on trumpet, Eric Trudel on Tenor Saxophone, Adam Hopkins on Bass, Nathan Ellman-Bell on Drums. The four have a long history playing together in various configurations going back to 2006 as members of a community of young improvisers centered around Baltimore, Maryland. This group had its first rehearsal one week before Danny moved to NYC. A year later, the rest of the band moved and shared an apartment in Bushwick for several years, rehearsing in the basement. Performances by this band draw on the long history the members share, pitting their improvisational telepathy against various structures or concepts proposed by Danny.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 7:30 PM 10:30 PM | $6 - $10