Be Here Now: soundbarn & ASAC Play Rhys Chatham’s “Guitar Trio” @ Saratoga Arts Center, 11/20/10

November 19th, 2010, 1:00 pm by Greg

(January 27, 2007 performance of “Guitar Trio” as performed by Rhys Chatham, Thurston Moore, Lee Renaldo, David Daniell, Kim Gordon, Colin Langenus, Alan Licht, Robert Longo, Byron Westbrook, Adam Wills – electric guitars; Ernst Brooks III – electric bass; Jonathan Kane – drums)

Written in 1977, “Guitar Trio” is Rhys Chatham’s signature composition. With a single, repeated chord, “Guitar Trio” (or “G3,” as it was later renamed to accommodate increased instrumentation of six to ten electric guitars) is a collision of the textural intricacies of the avant-garde and the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock.

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Be Here Now: Ben Miller/Matt Weston Duo @ UAG, 10/24/09

October 20th, 2009, 2:28 pm by Greg

Matt Weston and Ben Miller

Matt Weston and Ben Miller

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective has been teaming up with venerable mainstream arts organizations recently, like Proctors (last month’s Faust concert) and the Arts Center of the Capital Region (last week’s Communal Drone Night), but they’re getting back to their underground roots again with their next show on Saturday (October 24) at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany.

Headlining is the Ben Miller/Matt Weston Duo. Formerly a member of Michigan’s legendary Destroy All Monsters (and brother of Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller), Miller plays sax, guitar and analog electronics, while Albany’s own Weston tackles the percussion chores.

Also on the bill on Saturday is the bass-and-guitar tandem of the Andy Crespo/Jefferson Pitcher Duo, multi-instrumentalist Sam Sowydra and Cruudeuces (the solo project of Nathaniel Brennan).

Be Here Now: Ian Nagoski @ Upstate Artists Guild

June 18th, 2009, 5:47 pm by Greg

As part of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective‘s double-barreled weekend of shows at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany, Ian Nagoski will present a rather different kind of performance at 8pm Saturday, June 20.

Nagoski is a record collector. Not one of those guys – and they are almost always guys – who obsesses over every new release by some obscure indie-rock band of demi-gods, but rather a guy who collects vintage world-music 78 RPM records.

There’s a fascinating story about Nagoski from the Baltimore City Paper.

Hopefully, Nagoski will spinning some of the almost impossible-to-find tracks from his upcoming CD, “A String of Pearls,” the first release on his new label, Canary Records. Being released next week, the new compilation features music from the first half of the 20th century from such far-flung corners of the globe as Constantinople, Milano, Bucharest, Uttar Pradesh, Armenia, Thrace, Jamaica, Serbia, Huilotita, Seville, a Zuni reservation and elsewhere.

Sharing the evening with Nagoski will be another 78 RPM record collector Robert Millis of the Climax Golden Twins.

And at 8pm Friday at UAG, the Albany Sonic Arts Collective kicks off the weekend with an evening of abstract ambient sounds featuring Gregg Kowalsky’s “Tape Chants” with Ben Bracken. Also on Friday’s bill are Fossils From the Sun and Rambutan.

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