LIVE: Kris Perry’s “Machines” @ Basilica Music Festival, 8/10/12

August 15th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

Kris Perry's Machines @ The Basilica, Hudson

Review and photographs by Tim Livingston

Music is everywhere. It surrounds us in our daily lives. Even if one works in a factory or machine shop. Music surrounds us.

Point proven by artist Kris Perry and his “Machines” project. Built out of reclaimed industrial machinery Kris constructed a Metropolis of sound-sculptures and industrial imagery last Friday night at the Basilica Music Festival in Hudson. It was a spectacle to behold and even more amazing when his team of workman-like musicians and artists performed a magnificent score on the machines that sounded more like a symphony than the clanging and hissing of metal machines at work.

Enveloped by the audience – who circled around the performance, thus forming the virtual walls of Kris’ machine shop – the “workers” slowly filled the vast space of the Basilica Hudson with a beautiful array of sound and vision. The program needs to be seen and heard to fully experience, as words and photos can not fully capture the full scope of this unique project.

Music is everywhere. You just need to open your mind and ears… and listen…

Kris Perry's Machines

Kris Perry’s Machines

Kris Perry's Machines

More Machines

And even more Machines

And even more Machines

Read more:

Patrick E. Stephenson’s video of the performance.
Seth Rogovoy’s review of the performance
Kris Perry’s website
Chronogram’s preview of the Machines Project
WGXC’s audio recording of the performance.


Festival Fever: Hudson Music Festival, 8/10-12/12

August 9th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

More than 30 venues…
More than 130 acts…
More than 180 performance…
More than 400 musicians…

The second annual Hudson Music Festival will fill the city of Hudson with non-stop music over the course of three days this weekend – and almost all of it is free.

There will be live music performances in restaurants, stores and galleries. Tented stages will be placed along Warren Street from the Seventh Street Park and continuing down the street to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. Festival performances start at 5pm on Friday; 12noon-12midnight on Saturday; 12noon-6pm on Sunday.

Club Helsinki will host the prestigious Festival Showcase with 20 bands on two stages beginning at 5pm on Saturday. The Last Conspirators, the Pawn Shop Saints, C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils and Oobleck will be among the bands featured on stage, while the Tommy Keys Band, Szelrozsa, the Rooftrees and others will perform in the courtyard. NOTE: There is a $10 suggested donation to the Festival Showcase.

Among the many other bands and musicians performing at the HM Festival throughout the weekend are Todd Nelson’s TN3, Black n Gold featuring Young Paris, Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers, Lady Moon, Chris Merenda & the Wheel, Frank Cuthbert, Drew Jacobs, Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad, the Erin Harkes Band, Pony in the Pancake, Jamie Kent & the Options, Mamalama, Sly Fox & the Hustlers, the Assortment of Crayons, Slink Moss, Nine Votes Short, Miss Shirley’s Buckleshiners, the 7th Squeeze, Head Womb, the Compact, Positive Mental Trip, Rakish Paddy, On the Shoulders of Giants and lots, lots more.

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