Saturday, July 4, 2015

Yek Koo + Gabie Strong !!



ALBANY SONIC ARTS COLLECTIVE is proud to present:

YEK KOO (Helga Fassonaki)


GABIE STRONG

((TBA))

Wed. July 8th - 8PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.

Albany
$5 suggested donation for the traveling musicians.

See you there!!

Helga Fassonaki, a recent transplant to New York City, creates and curates sound and visual installations, group situations, films, and performances that utilize and question temporality, power structures, subcultures and the human body as a sculptor of sound in space.

Floating between worlds of sound and visual art, Fassonaki borrows from one to set up the rhythms and pulses that inform the other. Fassonaki collaborates with New Zealander Andrew Scott in the free-psych duo Metal Rouge. Their Three for Malachi Ritcher album was included in the Public Collector’s exhibit in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and Experimental Sound Studio’s Audible gallery in Chicago. She also heads her own brand of noise in her solo project yek koo, exploring the body as a vehicle for the movement of sound. She is co-founder and director of Emerald Cocoon, a record label founded in 2008 devoted to releasing music from the ‘empty quarter’ – an area where the aesthetics of punk meet the philosophies of free jazz. In 2012, she began a series of staged hagiographies called Touching Them, Touching Me. In the first one, A Love Song for the Dead C, Fassonaki (re)created a post-punk era New Zealand bar at Human Resources gallery in Los Angeles. Uniting artists and musicians, the exhibition culminated in a 3-day performance series, Trapdoor Fucking Exit. Her Radio Concept Tour (2014-present) explores the relationship between body, microphone and air movement transmitted through radio waves. Her recent project Khal investigates the idea of a ‘living score’ by initiating a passage of visual scores, actions, and conversations between participating artists and the public. Iterations of it will be featured as a traveling exhibition in the US and NZ in 2015 at Glasshouse (Brooklyn, NY), LACA (Los Angeles, CA), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Audio Foundation Gallery (Auckland, NZ), and Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (Auckland, NZ) and other spaces TBA.

Gabie Strong is a California based artist and designer exploring spaces of degeneration, drone and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. To explore the arena between exteriority and interiority, she uses sound performance, radio broadcasting, sculpture, photography and video as a mediums for experimentation. In looking for the differential, Strong invokes noise to summon the invisible.

Strong is currently exploring themes of spatial decay through her KCHUNG Radio program Crystalline Morphologies. Crystalline Morphologies is a platform for broadcasting experimental music, noise, sound art and field recordings. The project title conceptually links minimalism and materiality to ambient sound and noise. Strong produces live, collaborative sound performances as "Crystalline Morphologies," inviting experimental sound and visual artists

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fleisenberg-Kenas-Collins Duo + Paper Balls + Parashi!!


















ASAC presents:

FLANDREW FLEISENBERG/JESSE KENAS-COLLINS DUO
PAPER BALLS
PARASHI

Monday June 29th at UPSTATE ARTISTS GUILD (247 Lark Street)
8 PM
$5 donation suggested for traveling musicians!

From Philadephia!
Jesse Kenas-Collis - cornet
Flandrew Fleisenberg - percussion
http://lifeoffleisenberg.blogspot.com/2013/12/kenas-flollins-duo-at-ww-72nd-bday.html?q=kenas

From DC!
PAPER BALLS
a new improvising trio featuring Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory, DC), Lucio Menegon (Guitar from CA/ NYC) and David Grollman (percussionist and provocateur, NYC). All three are active in improvised and composed music scenes in NYC and Washington DC with groups such as Insect Factory, Blister, Plums, Prehistoric Horse and numerous spontaneous collaborations. From wall of sound to mellow deep headspace, this particular twin guitar, snare drum with mild theatrics and special surprise guests adventure will satisfy most abstract desires.

From here!
PARASHI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJXVlOTdrxE

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WILL GUTHRIE + MENSHEVIKS on Tues. 6/16 !!



Come join us yet again at the Upstate Artists Guild as we welcome WILL GUTHRIE to Albany. Opening the show will be local quartet MENSHEVIKS.

Tuesday June 16 @ 8:00 pm
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY


$5 suggested donation for the traveling musician.

Will Guthrie is an Australian drummer / percussionist living in France. He works in many different settings of music: live performance, improvisation and studio composition using various combinations of drums, percussion, objects, junk, amplification and electronics..
He plays solo and in various projects such as THE AMES ROOM, ELWOOD & GUTHRIE & THE SOMMES ENSEMBLE. His music has been released on labels such as Gaffer Records, Erstwhile, Clean Feed, 23five, Editions Mego, Ipecac, iDEAL and his own label Antboy Music.

While studying jazz and improvised music(s) at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, alongside Ren Walters he started the weekly concert series 'Improvised Tuesdays', now known as the Make It Up Club and is Australia's longest running performance space dedicated to experimental and improvised musics. In Nantes, France he is part of the collective CABLE# which also organizes regular concerts and an annual festival. He also runs the experimental improvised CD label and mail-order service; ANTBOY MUSIC.

He plays solo using different combinations of drums, percussion, amplification and electronics, in minimalist/maximalist free jazz trio THE AMES ROOM (with Jean-Luc Guionnet & Clayton Thomas), in appalachian mutant folk duo ELWOOD & GUTHRIE (with Scott Stroud), as well as the improvised/composed ensemble THE SOMMES ENSEMBLE (with Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Julien Desperez & Maxime Petit).

Regular collaborators past and present include Jérôme Noetinger, David Maranha, Keith Rowe, Anthony Pateras, Toma Gouband, Erell Latimier, Ava Mendoza, Adam Sussmann, Matt Earle, Ren Walters, Jean-Philippe Gross, Greg Kingston, Helmut Schafer, David Ades, Mark Simmonds ...



MENSHEVIKS is an Albany-based improvisational quartet with a heavy emphasis on electronics.  Although the four members also perform solo and with multiple other groups, Mensheviks is a wholly unique endeavor with an approach all its own.  Matt Weston, Ray Hare, Mike Griffin, and Eric Hardiman are the crew. 


 

Matt "MV" Valentine + WOVOKA + FOSSILS FROM THE SUN!



Matt "MV" Valentine
Wovoka
Fossils From the Sun

Sunday May 31
8 PM at The Low Beat
335 Central Ave Albany NY





Vermont's MATT VALENTINE (MV) is a cosmic sojourner of the highest order. Whether in his regular gig with Erika Elder or flowing on his own, MV's brand of rural psychedelia is unmistakable--his deep songwriting skills are matched by adventurous sonics and deft guitarwork. He's playing a few solo shows soon before his double LP "Midden Mound' drops this summer on the UK's mighty Golden Lab Records. Come see him at Albany's Low Beat on May 31!

If string theory is correct, this is approximately the thirteenth album Matt Valentine has released that definitely shouldn’t be filed under a group name (MV & EE, Tower Recordings, Bummer Road, Golden Road, etc.). On the other hand, if string theory is correct, this might also be his 11,000th album. The truth, one suspects, is somewhere in between. It’s actually his 2nd record of “songs”. Since bedding down in southern Vermont at the dawn of the century, MV has been as cussedly prolific as anyone but the general approach here is as naked-and-loaded as the soul of Icepick Slim.

As usual, MV’s tunes and procedures beggar easy generification. El- ements of deep forest psychedelia brush against Crazy Horse guitar / vocal flourishes that explode to reveal volk-based form mayhem at its hickiest. This guy has the magic touch.
- BYRON COLEY

“The MV half of MV&EE creates tense, cosmic music with very little. His meandering voice and sparkling guitar sound lonely, weird, and oddly comforting. A good match, actually, for some of Philip K. Dick’s obsessions: identity, authen- ticity and transformation.”

“the hypnotic effect is like sitting in a car in the desert, turning the radio dial, and stumbling upon ancient transmissions returning from deep space.”

“more effusive guitar effects and an occasional bend into a warped doo-wop or rural blues sensibility. The only problem with this strange addition to the ever- expanding body of work inspired by PKD is that it is not a whole album”
- BRAINWASHED

LINKS:
mvandee.blogspot.com
mv-ee.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_%26_EE
twitter: https://twitter.com/MVEEGoldenRoad
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattMVvalentine
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MV-EE/162854533776883

Joining MV on the bill will be Fossils from the Sun and Wovoka. Ray Hare plays in Century Plants and Burnt Hills, and his Fossils from the Sun project is an unpredictable one, as likely to utilize guitar as drum machine and synthesizer. One constant is Ray's voice, bent and mutated under layers of delay and distortion. John Lynch also plays in Burnt Hills, and his Wovoka project specializes in a hazy, homegrown back-porch psych vibe. Wovoka's released an LP on Time-Lag, while Ffrthesun has a number of releases on labels like Digitalis, Tape Drift, and Skell.

Don't miss this one! It's presented by Albany Sonic Arts Collective.

TOUGH DAY TUBING + BLACKLIGHT LIGHTHOUSE 5/28/15!

Albany Sonic Arts Collective is very proud to present this fantastic show. Please come join us for:





TOUGH DAY TUBING:
Al Margolis - violin, clarinet, contact mics
Steve Norton - reeds, electronics
Crank Sturgeon - vocals, guitar, violin, contact mics
Walter Wright - drums


and

BLACKLIGHT LIGHTHOUSE
Elizabeth Karp
Laura Frare


Thursday May 28 @ 8PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.
Albany!!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

GANGLION! on Monday 5/11/15

Please join us for a great night of music, at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany!
Monday May 11th at 8PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
$5 suggested donation

GANGLION
Ben Miller - guitars, electronics
Matt Weston - percussion + electronics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGyXQS82qrU
http://www.benmiller.info/Others.html
http://www.soundcloud.com/mattwestonmusic

ROBIN RHODES - solo bass
http://fortysixtytrio.com/

CASE
Burnt Hills drummer brings electronic mysteries!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Arthur Brooks Ensemble V + Crank Sturgeon!



The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is proud to present a return appearance by the amazing Arthur Brooks Ensemble V. Also performing will be the one and only Crank Sturgeon!!

Saturday May 2
8:00 PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street in Albany

Trumpeter-composer Arthur Brooks is one of the unsung heroes of the new music. In his 40+ year career he has collaborated with such legendary figures as Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Sonny Sharrock, and Alan Silva. For over 20 years he taught alongside Dixon in the Black Music Division at Bennington College.

Arthur Brooks - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jeremy Harlos - bass
Anthony Santor - bass
Matt Weston - percussion

http://wwwsoundcloud.com/arthurbrooksensemblev

Crank Sturgeon has empathy for the travails of Wile E. Coyote, but that's not where the story ends. Attending art school provided Crank with a tactical sensibility in where to place his future catapults. Sometimes this has required that he transform himself into an inflatable snow globe for an audience. Then there are periods when it's all about performing for months on end, wearing only a ventilation tube. Nevertheless, Crank Sturgeon has been at it for over two decades and countless timezones. Whether he's directing an orchestra using cue cards, fingerprinting six hundred art patrons' middle fingers, or leading a midnight parade -- wearing thirty gallons of water in each pant leg -- these impositions create an intersection between
comfort and calamity. It is this junction, the marriage of unlikeable strategies with cocksure optimism, that has become Crank Sturgeon's trademark.

In addition to his performance work, Crank directs technical workshops on how to be noisy and has participated in heaps of cultural programs and art residencies that condone this behavior. Sturgeon also has studio in a small barn located in Western Massachusetts where he churns out handmade microphones for folks all over the world to use.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEREK ROGERS!! ROB FORMAN!! RAMBUTAN!!



Come join us for another incredible night sponsored by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective.  Following a massively successful show featuring Chris Corsano and Bill Nace, we've got just what you need to usher in Spring! 

What to expect?  Stunningly hypnotic swells of drone, textural ambience, blissful noise, and more!  This is Derek's first ever East Coast appearance too!

DEREK ROGERS (Dallas, TX)
ROB FORMAN (Dallas, TX)
RAMBUTAN (Albany)

Wednesday April 8th
Music at 8PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.
Albany, NY

DEREK ROGERS (born 4 September 1980) is an American musician active in electronic composition, drone, free-improv, glitch, ambient, and noise textures.  He utilizes laptop processing as well as traditional instrumentation and field recordings to create emotionally resonant instrumental soundscapes.  Rogers is predominantly known as a prolific solo artist, having released some 50+ albums since 2007, and has recently collaborated with musicians such as Marcus Rubio, A.F. Jones, and Lee Noble in the duo Circuit Rider UK.  Currently, he is based in Dallas, TX.

"...makes me think not of faded memories or summer haze, but brains and stimulus, input and output – the chemical and mathematical nature of experience. It’s moving too – parts make me want to lie down for a while – but the best of Prevais lights up my gray matter." -- Marc Masters (Pitchfork Media)

"[Mist & Drift] has two long pieces that are slow moving, complexly layered and dreamily beautiful...the second piece begins with field recordings, then moves into slabs of electronic sounds organized in a way that recalls a string quartet, before the shifts start to become more menacing.  Very nice." -- Byron Coley (The Wire)

"Derek Rogers is the underdog of ambient music in the tape scene. Having issued triumphant works of modestly epic, vibrantly understated sounds on a bevy of imprints that read like a rap sheet of modern legends (Bathetic, Scotch, 905, Jehu & Chinaman, Obsolete Units, Hausu Mountain, Patient Sounds, Tape Drift, et al,), Rogers maintains a precise balancing act between glitching, grotesque, achingly stoic, and disarmingly beautiful. Although Rogers’ canon varies from release to release, you can count on each being a sincerely moving set of music." -- Bobby Power (Decoder Magazine)

"...electronic musician Derek Rogers is a genius when it comes to balancing minimalism with dense, abstract ideas. His expert sense of patience, mood and timbre was stunningly exemplified in his Circuit Rider UK collaboration with Lee Noble out on Jehu & Chinaman earlier this year, garnering much praise." -- Diego Aguilar (Decoder Magazine)
 
ROB FORMAN
, formerly of Western Mass, returns from his new home in Dallas TX for a rare performance of creative sound generation. Whether as a member of Non-Event, the head of the Sedimental record label  or as a radio DJ, Rob has always focused his attention on the curatorial side of the experimental music scene.  Recently moving into performance zones, Rob has been indulging a long-gestating musical idea that was based on a conversation he and Paul Collegio (a fellow WZBC DJ) had many years ago regarding their love for and fascination with lock grooves. As an avid vinyl collector with a diverse taste in music, he has identified dozens of lock grooves throughout his record collection to draw from. The project is both highly personal, riffing on his collection and his DJ work, and also one that taps into a rather arcane form of “sampling.” Working exclusively with these hidden run-out lock grooves on pre-existing recordings as source material, he creates hypnotic and unpredictable sound collages that work both sides of the familiar and preternatural.

RAMBUTAN
is the solo project of Eric Hardiman, co-founder of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective.  He also plays in Century Plants, Burnt Hills, Twilight of the Century, Location Ensemble, Insects Waiting, and Mensheviks.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CORSANO/NACE/BACZKOWSKI + Parashi + Ffrthsun !!!


Another stunning night of improvised jams sponsored by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective! If you haven't seen Chris Corsano, Bill Nace, or Steve Baczkowski, please DO NOT MISS THIS!! To say these guys are at the TOP of the game would be a understatement.

We're beyond thrilled to be hosting what is sure to be one for the ages. And regular ASAC jammers Parashi and Fossils from the Sun will round out the night to make things even better. BE SEEING YOU!

THURSDAY MARCH 26th @8:30 PM (doors@8:00)
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY


BACZKOWSKI/NACE/CORSANO (reeds/guitar/drums)

PARASHI (solo electronics)

FOSSILS FROM THE SUN (solo electronics + vox)

Timeline:
2002: Baczkowski (reeds) meets Corsano (drums) and the two play with Paul Flaherty in an old Buffalo ice house

2002: Corsano & Nace (guitar) form Vampire Belt in what was once a Western Massachusetts bait shop

2005: Nace & Baczkowski meet in a town famed for its hockey sticks and first play together in a converted ice rink

2014: The trio records their first record, Stolen Car, scheduled for release on Golden Lab Records, Spring 2015

Multi-wind instrumentalist Steve Baczkowski lives in Buffalo, NY where he works as a conduit for creative music of any & every sort. Baczkowski began playing alto saxophone at age eight, switched to baritone by the time he was twelve, and has since developed a wide array of woodwind styles & formidable breathing techniques. In addition to organizing the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra, and the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit, Baczkowski performs solo, in duos with guitarist Bill Nace & percussionist Ravi Padmanabha, and in frequent collaborations with numerous musicians in the Northeast & from around the world.

"Ranging through the most disparate aspects of his timbral unconsciousness, Baczkowski is nevertheless able to conjure up scents of Ned Rothenberg and Peter Brötzmann, while also taking the opportunity of sharing his own vision in diverse territories. His convolutions are raging yet equally serene." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

Bill Nace is an artist and musician based in Western Massachusetts. He has collaborated with an extraordinary range of musicians, including Michael Morley, Mats Gustafsson, Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano, Jooklo Duo, Chris Cooper, John Truscinski, Thurston Moore, Jake Meginsky, Jessica Rylan, Paul Flaherty, Wally Shoup, and Kim Gordon, with whom he regularly plays as one half of the duo Body/Head. Their critically acclaimed LP “Coming Apart” was released on Matador in 2013. He has been a featured musician in festivals such as ATP (curated by Jim Jarmusch and held in Monticello, NY), Colour Out of Space(Brighton, UK), Supersonic Festival (Birmingham, UK), International Festival Musique Actuelle (Victoriaville, QC), and Homegrown (Boston, MA). He has performed in a wide variety of venues, running the gamut from the Musee d'Art Contemporain (Strasbourg, France) to The Stone (NYC) to Bennington College (Vermont). Nace’s range has been described as “ veering from sculptural, almost Remko-Scha-esque chime to Loren Connors-style elegance in only a few short moves.” (Mimaroglu Music, 2010).

Chris Corsano is a drummer who's been operating at the intersections of free improvisation, avant-rock, and noise music since the late '90s. He's worked with saxophonists like Joe McPhee, Akira Sakata, Paul Flaherty and Evan Parker; guitarists such as Jim O'Rourke, Sir Richard Bishop and Nels Cline; and also one-of-a-kind artists Björk and Jandek. His style incorporates high energy free improvising, more textural work, and augmenting the drum kit with everything from cello strings stretched across the skins to disassembled saxophone parts.

“Corsano, despite being arguably the most riotosly energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz, does far more than merely bash his kit into submission. Playing loud does not mean abandoning subtlety, and Corsano’s sudden shifts of texture and dynamics are a wonder to behold” - The Wire

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ASAC presents Music+Poetry event on 2/26/15!!


Come join us at the UPSTATE ARTISTS GUILD on Thursday Feb. 26th for a superb night of experimentalism.  This special event is being co-sponsored by the ALBANY SONIC ARTS COLLECTIVE and the YES! POETRY SERIES.  

Using the motto "LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS!", three musicians and three poets will experiment with a variety of pairings.  You can expect a highly entertaining and original evening of sonic exploration with both music and voice.

JACK WRIGHT
EVAN LIPSON
ZACH DARRUP
MICHAEL PETERS
JAMES BELFLOWER
MATTHEW KLANE

Thursday 2/26/15 at the UAG (247 Lark Street in Albany)
8PM
$5 suggested donation




Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright has been a saxophone improviser traveling through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. (Recent Europe Tours) Now at 72 he is well known for having brought improvised music into the heartland of America at a time when it was totally unknown. His musical range is as wide as his explorations, from fiery, breathless free jazz to quiet, breath-filled, and often animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king". For more info: http://www.springgardenmusic.com/sgmhome.html,https://soundcloud.com/jackwright and http://jackiswright.wordpress.com/

Zachary Darrup is an improvising guitarist currently living in Philadelphia. During his early teenage years in the rural coal region of Pennsylvania a strange boy appeared like an angel, carrying a large cd booklet of wild musics of all sorts. This chance meeting at a pizza shop, plus tumultuous relationships with his home turf, school teachers, and other agents of law and rule enforcement led Zach to drop out and skip town, devoting himself to following music wherever it would take him--somewhere else. His techniques are informed by the musical possibilities of film language, jovial mockery and mimicry of plants, animals, and audience members, thoughtful room listening, word play, colors, and culinary experiments.

Evan Lipson (b. 1981), now from Chatanooga and soon to be from Providence RI. He has been active as a musician since adolescence. In an on-going pursuit of all things occult and aberrant, Lipson acquired an early interest in the lateral realms of visionary & experimental music -- seeking to transcend the existent paradigms of idiomatic expression. His formative experiences were in underground rock, modernist composition, freak pop, jazz, noise, as well as various modes of improvisation. Lipson cultivates a palpably intense and vehemently iconoclastic body of music, as exemplified by too long a list of notable groups, but including Satanized and Normal Love.

Michael Peters is the author of the sound-imaging poem Vaast Bin (Calamari Press) and other assorted language art and sound works.  Text and digital-based work has appeared in journals like GAFF, Polis, Barzakh, PEEP/SHOW, Bright Pink Mosquito, unarmed, SleepingFish, Word for/Word, BathHouse Hypermedia Journal, and Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, among many others. Visual-poetic manifestations are in avant-garde libraries, special collections, and have appeared in galleries, journals, and anthologies—The Last Vispo Anthology: 1998 – 2008 and the forthcoming Poets for Living Waters Anthology are the latest. Peters cut his sound-imaging teeth in the rock group Poem Rocket (Atavistic), and continues to explore sound-imaging in solo performances and installations, as well as in improvisational collaborations with the likes of Area C, Jack Wright, The Be Blank Consort, and Al Margolis (If, Bwana). He is currently working on a book about sound environment programming. http://www.michael-peters.com/

James Belflower is a PhD candidate in contemporary poetry and poetics at SUNY Albany researching artists who intervene in Postmodern declarations of the “end of intimacy” by reassessing how sensory relationships complement new experiences of materiality, affect, and collectivity. He is the author of The Posture of Contour / A Public Primer (Spring Gun Press, 2013), Commuter (Instance Press, 2009), and Bird Leaves the Cornice, winner of the 2011 Spring Gun Press Chapbook Prize. His appears, or is forthcoming in: Aufgabe, Fence, and New American Writing among others. He co-curates the Yes! Poetry and Performance Series in Albany NY.

Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His books include B (Stockport Flats, 2008) and Che (Stockport Flats, 2013). An e-chap, from Of the Day, has recently been published by Delete Press (deletepress.org). Other new work can be found in Horse Less Review, Lit, Harp & Altar, and word for / word. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY, where he co-curates the Yes! Poetry & Performance Series and teaches at Russell Sage College. See: matthewklane.blogspot.com.