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”).