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

Ben Miller - guitars, electronics
Matt Weston - percussion + electronics

ROBIN RHODES - solo bass

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

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


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!


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)
, 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.

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)

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.


Thursday 2/26/15 at the UAG (247 Lark Street in Albany)
$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:, and

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.

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 ( 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:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is proud to present the return visit of sonic visionary JASON LESCALLEET to the Upstate Artists Guild. Also performing solo sets will be Matt Weston, Parashi, and Rambutan.

Jason Lescalleet
Matt Weston 

Thursday 11/13/14
Upstate Artists Guild 
247 Lark Street 
Albany, NY
8:00 PM

Since establishing himself as a preeminent voice in contemporary electro-acoustic study, Jason Lescalleet has, through his solo work and in collaboration, exploded the notion of what is possible within the realm of tape-based music. His recorded catalog acknowledges a diversity of application, from lo-fi reel-to-reel soundscaping and work for hand-held cassette machines, on through to digital sampling and computer generated composition. Lescalleet's live actions further expand his ouevre to include work with video, dance, performance art and multi-media concerns.
In the past two decades, Lescalleet has gradually and painstakingly compiled a compelling discography on notable labels such as Erstwhile, RRR, Intransitive Recordings, Kye, Celebrate Psi-Phenomenon, Hanson Records, Chondritic Sound, and most recently via his own Glistening Examples imprint. He has collaborated with Graham Lambkin, Phill Niblock, Joe Colley, John Hudak, Rafael Toral, Thomas Ankersmit, Ron Lessard (as Due Process), Joachim Norwall (Skull Defekts), and CM Von Hausswolff, among others, and during this time he’s built a solid reputation for delivering a visceral live experience in concert.
He currently lives in Maine, where he works and operates the Glistening Examples publishing label and the Glistening Labs studio for audio recording and mastering services.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro + Immara on MONDAY 10/20!!

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents yet another exciting night of improvised music, featuring Colin Fisher and Mike Gennaro. Highly recommended! "Free jazz sax/drums duo beating out five face-melting, brain-blowing freak jams."


Monday October 20th
8:00 PM
$5 suggested donation

More acts TBA!!

Check out Colin and Mike's brand new tape release here:

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, Colin Fisher is an active voice in the Improvised and Creative Music Community in North America. Colin has appeared and collaborated with: Anthony Braxton, Jah Youssouf, Rhys Chattam, William Parker, Dominic Duval, Sabir Mateen, Neil Haverty, Joe Mcphee, Maury Coles, David Daniels, Chris Kelsey, Paul Hession, Mark Hundevad, Jean Martin, Metal Kites, Christine Duncan, Nifty, Eric Chenaux, Evan Shaw, Michael Morse, Jason Hammer, Nick Fraser, Joe Sorbara, Glen Hall, Ronda Rindone, The Constantines,

IMMARA will also be performing for the first time at ASAC for this special show! Experimental music incorporating influences from around the world into mostly improvised noise, glitch, and dark ambient soundscapes. Deep dark zones:

Sunday, September 28, 2014


On Monday 9/29, the Albany Sonic Arts Collective is proud to present:



Monday Sept. 29th @ 8:00pmUpstate Artists Guild247 Lark Street
Albany, NY
$5 suggested donation

Ocean Roars 1000 Drums is a musical testament to the words attributed to Heraclitus: 'We both step and do not step in the same rivers; we are and are not.' Formed in 2009 in New York, the trio consists of Todd Capp (drums and cymbals), Bryan Eubanks (soprano saxophone and electronics) and Andrew Lafkas (bass and synthesizer). Their music carves a deep groove in the flow of time, drawing in a continuous circulation of textures that obscure any difference between entropy and stillness.

Jordan Paul has written series of pieces exploring the html document as a medium for music:

+ more TBA!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is proud to present Dais Records recording artist DREKKA to the Upstate Artists Guild!  Drekka comes highly recommended for fans of NWW, Coil, et al.
We'd love to see you there for this great show.


Thursday 9/11/14
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY

$5 suggested donation.

Drekka's Michael Anderson channeled his vision into Drekka with extensive tours of the US and Europe, audio & visual collages, and side projects such as 4K, Turn Pale, and lovesliescrushing. Drekka's previous works run parallel to Edward Artemiev's soundtracks for Andrei Tarkovsky, Simon Fischer Turner's abstractions for Derek Jarman mixed with more contemporary groups like Nurse With Wound or Coil. Ethereral folk that takes on a tranquil lullaby quality, layered and textured, deconstructed and rebuilt to cause a quiet discomfort. Utilizing his endless personal sound library in a manner unique to Anderson, these compositions are arranged more like a film, showing us a glimpse into Drekka's soundtracks to films unmade.

RAMBUTAN is the solo project of Eric Hardiman (Burnt Hills, Century Plants, Twilight of the Century, Mensheviks, etc).

CLANK is Clarke and Frank.  They are a

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

LAK WRIGHT DUO + PARASHI on Sunday 8/17!!

On Sunday 8/17, please join us at the Upstate Artists Guild (247 Lark Street in Albany) for this spectacular show!


Lak Wright Duo: [Lowell MA]
Stephanie Lak -
audio paraphernalia
Walter Wright - electronics, drums
Al Margolis - clarinet, violin, contact mics, stuff


Parashi has been releasing material since 2010. Previous statements have been issued by labels like 905 Tapes, Tranquility Tapes, Stunned Records, and Tape Drift. Synthesizers, tapes, voices, and metal objects are the primary sound sources for his dark, expansive psychedelia. He has collaborated with artists like Rambutan, Belltonesuicide, Fossils from the Sun, and Mortuus Auris and the Black Hand. Parashi is due to release his first LP on Chicago's Retrograde Tapes in late 2014. His latest tapes--"Extra Dimensions" and "Tovarich"--are currently out on 2AM Tapes and Fabrica Records, respectively.