LIVE: Fountainsun @ Upstate Artists Guild, 1/31/14

February 14th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Fountainsun (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Fountainsun (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review and photograph by Mike Hotter
Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Upstate Artists Guild in Albany was privy to a rare visitation from Baltimore’s Daniel Higgs on the last night of last month. A semi-legendary figure who has made a conspicuous mark in the arcane worlds of both underground music and tattooing, Higgs, playing his banjo in a style reminiscent of the Japanese koto, was joined by Fumie Ishii for a set of intensely meditative music.

Songs seemed structured yet free-form, eventually giving way to Higgs’ poetic/bordering on the shamanic intimations of mortality, cosmos and the hereafter (A sample line: “Human beings are the best vessels in the universe”).

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