Posted in music | tour dates | venues on August 21, 2008

The STone

On January 10, 2008, Lou Reed and John Zorn, joined by special guest Laurie Anderson, played two benefit shows for The Stone, an avant-garde performance space on the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street in Alphabet City that supports itselfs solely on donations, giving all door revenues directly to the performers. Zorn, an alto-saxophonist and founder of the music label Tzadik, was the principal force in establishing the Stone in 2005 and currently holds the title of artistic director. [WallyG]
Tonight (Aug 21) @ The Stone in NYC: Beirut's Jon Natchez & Kelly Pratt & Ryan Sawyer "for a set of improvisation and original composition"

Saturday (Aug 23) @ The Stone: Ryan Sawyer/Thurston Moore Duo with Susan Alcorn

September @ The Stone: Everything JG Thirwell picked.



Comments (9)

How big is the Stone?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2008 2:59 PM

Small. Holds about 200. It's seated.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:31 PM

that picture looks like Lou Reed and Zorn and Laurie Anderson are playing a Todd P show

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2008 3:39 PM

Holds less than 200... maybe 75 at most.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2008 4:54 PM

How is the sound?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2008 5:18 PM

those powered JBLs are pretty basic

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2008 7:23 PM

sound is pretty good, as it is small enough that musicians generally are not amplified or are self-amplified. the PA is usually only used for vocals, and possibly electronics. the stone is a fantastic venue and Thirlwell's month looks astounding.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 8:02 AM

9/2 Tuesday
8 pm
Loud Objects
Tristan Perich, Kunal Gupta, Katie Shima (objects)
Wielding soldering irons above an old overhead projector, the Loud Objects construct their electronics live in pursuit of lo-fi electronic noise. Starting with punctuated silence, their performance explodes into noise when the initial circuit is assembled, modulating as new hand-programmed microchips are added and rewired. Five Dollars.

10 pm
Carla Bozulich
Carla Bozulich (voice, guitar)

9/3 Wednesday
8 pm
Child Abuse
Oran Canfield (drums) Luke Calzonetti (keyboards, vocals) Tim Dahl (bass)
Child Abuse will be performing a one-time/one-off piece for The Stone which will collage covers, originals and improvisations.

10 pm
Gibby Haynes
Gibby Haynes (electronics)
Lead singer from the Butthole Surfers presents a solo electronic set.

9/4 Thursday
8 pm
Toby Driver & Kayo Dot Auxiliary Unit
Toby Driver (bass guitar, vocals) Dan Means (alto sax) Tim Byrnes (trumpet) Terran Olson (piano) David Bodie (percussion) Yuko Sueta (projections)
WORLD PREMIERE of a new full-length piece by Driver, with lyrics and film fragments by Yuko Sueta.

10 pm
The Psychic Paramount
Drew St. Ivany (guitar) Ben Armstrong (bass) Jeff Conaway (drums)
Intense power trio making their first NY appearance in over a year.

9/5 Friday
8 pm
Sex Mob
Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide trumpet) Briggan Krauss (saxophones) Tony Scherr (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

10 pm
Christopher Tignor/Judd Greenstein
Christopher Tignor (violin, interactive electronics), Colin Jacobsen (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola), Peggy Kampmeier (piano)
Composers Christopher Tignor and Judd Greenstein present a collaborative evening of their most intimate chamber work. A distinctly new generation of chamber music in New York.

9/6 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
Matmos and friends
M.C. Schmidt, Drew Daniel (electronics, instruments) Lisle Ellis (bass, circuitry) Zeena Parkins (harp)
Matmos will present improvs with Lisle Ellis and Zeena Parkins. Zeena wil perform at the 10pm set only.

9/7 Sunday
8 pm
The Chamber Music of Alexandra du Bois: Distant Occupation
MAYA (flute, harp, percussion) Boris Kupesic, Miranda Cuckson (violin) Daniel Stewart, Diane Leung (viola) Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (cello)
The program will include String Quartet: Oculus pro oculo totum orbem terrae caecat (An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind) and String Quartet No. 3: Night Songs (Nachtliederen). Fifteen Dollars.

10 pm
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Keith Fullerton Whitman (electronics)

9/9 Tuesday
8 pm
Boris Savoldelli with Elliot Sharp
Boris Savoldelli (voice, vocal noises, loop station, electronics) Elliott Sharp (guitar, sax, electronics)
The Italian singer performs, for the first time in New York, his vocal solo album Insanology. His music starts from a mantric vision of each song, where overlapped loops of small harmonic and rhythmic patterns create the songs in an exquisite and complex balance. Special guest the charismatic sound of Elliott Sharp. -

10 pm
Okkyung Lee Solo
Okkyung Lee (cello)
Okkyung will present a solo cello concert.

9/10 Wednesday
8 and 10 pm
Mercury Rev's Trip Over the Light Fantastic
Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper, Jeff Mercel with special guests Alex Chechile and Feedtank
Mercury Rev will perform two musical sets featuring all kinds of bizarre, unreliable electronic, spontaneous musical note generators: unbelievable futuristic brain-wave spatial arrangements in collaboration with the oblique quantum riddler Alex Chechile and otherworldly musical interfaces in collaboration with the playfully enigmatic Brooklyn based duo of Feedtank, who use the light-based interactive instrument Transpose. They will be playing and improvising around motifs from the Mercury Rev back catalog as well as the two imminent MR releases "Snowflake Midnight" and "Strange Attractor".

Fifteen Dollars.

9/11 Thursday
8 pm
Hahn Rowe
Hahn Rowe (violin, electronics, guitar)

10 pm
Brian Chase
Brian Chase (drums)
The drummer from YeahYeahYeahs and Seconds in a different guise.

9/12 Friday
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) Ikue Mori (laptop) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and many special guests

9/13 Saturday
8 pm
Erik Sanko
Erik Sanko (bass, guitar, voice) Thomas Bartlett (keyboards)
Erik Sanko (Skeleton Key) performing a haunting solo set with Thomas Bartlett (Doveman)

10 pm
David Grubbs
David Grubbs (vocal, electric guitar)
Playing material from the forthcoming album "An Optimist Notes the Dusk," which will be released on Drag City at the end of September.

9/14 Sunday
8 and 10 pm
International Contemporary Ensemble
Daniel Lippel (guitar) Tony Arnold (soprano) and members of the ICE ensemble.
To coincide with the release of their new album, ICE will present two different sets featuring highlights from the disc.

9/16 Tuesday
8 pm
Aa (Big A Little A)
Percussive mantras and mayhem. ONE DOLLAR

10 pm
Sam Hillmer (tenor saxophone) Ben Greenberg (electric guitar) Ian Antonio (drum set)
Zs is primarily concerned with making music that challenges the physical and mental limitations of both performer and listener. Manipulating extended technique, unique instrumental synthesis, and near telepathic communication, Zs aims to create works that envelop the listener and unfold sonically over time, evoking unspoken past, present, and future rites and ritual.

9/17 Wednesday
8 pm
Paul Lansky
Meehan/Perkins (percussion) David Starobin (guitar) Paul Lansky (electronics)
Paul Lansky presents a new percussion piece, Travel Diary, performed by Meehan/Perkins duo, four guitar pieces performed by David Starobin, and some electronic work.

10 pm
David Lang
Meehan/Perkins (percussion)
The Bang On a Can co-founder and 2008 Pulitzer Prize recipient will present new percussion works performed by Meehan/Perkins duo, plus some surprises.

9/18 Thursday
8 pm
Jacob Kirkegaard
Danish sound artist will present a site specific performance inspired by the sounds of The Stone.

10 pm
Lary 7
Lary 7 is an audio explorer using self invented sound producing objects involving the detritus of the twentieth century. With special guests.

9/19 Friday
8 pm
NOW Ensemble
NOW ensemble will be premiering new works including a piece by Ryan Carter, plus some music from their catalogue. This show is a preview for their tour of Northern Mexico that we begin the next day.

10 pm
Colin (guitar) Tom (drums)
The USAISAMONSTER is a brilliantly fried two-piece guitar and drums band of sun spotters hailing from Brooklyn, NY. The band has roved the planet with instruments strapped to their backs playing the tops of mountains, skin-melting deserts, and rusted out America.

9/20 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR)
Lemur Robots with special guests
LEMUR will present an 8pm concert w/the Gamelatron and a 10pm concert with trumpeter Ben Neill incorporating an array of their robotic instruments.

9/21 Sunday
8 pm
Tony Conrad

10 pm
Paola Prestini/Jeffrey Zeigler
Paola Prestini (voice) Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) with guests from VisionIntoArt Helga Davis (voice) Milica Paranosic (voice) Erik Carlson (violin)
Performing electro-acoustic works with new multimedia by Michael Gordon, Annie Gosfield, and Paola Prestini, Fred Frith, and Milica Paranosic.

9/23 Tuesday
8 pm
Caleb Burhans
Caleb Burhans (viola, voice) Virginia Warnken (voice)
Caleb Burhans will present Nadia Sirota playing his complete viola works, as well as his 1998 song cycle performed by Virginia Warnken, and a piano work, In Time of Desperation.

10 pm
Petra Haden and Yuka Honda
Petra Haden (voice) Yuka Honda (keyboards)

9/24 Wednesday
8 pm
Dorit Chrysler
Dorit Chrysler (theremin, vocals)

10 pm
Andrew WK Solo
Andrew WK (piano)
Andrew WK will perform piano improvisations.

9/25 Thursday
8 and 10 pm
JG Thirlwell's Manorexia
JG Thirlwell's avant-chamber ensemble will present arrangements from the first two Manorexia albums.

9/26 Friday
8 pm
Captains Sons and Daughters
Drew McDowall, Kara Bohnenstiel (electronics)
Featuring Drew McDowall (Coil) and Kara Bohnenstiel.

10 pm
Elysian Fields
Jennifer Charles (voice) Oren Bloedow (guitar)
Jennifer and Oren bring the ever evolving mystery that is Elysian Fields to the concentrated confines of The Stone. Expect other great players, sinuous melodies and poetry to pour from their dark waters.

9/27 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
Northampton Wools
Thurston Moore (electric guitars) Bill Nace (electric guitars)
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Bill Nace of x.0-.4/Vampire Belt in guitar duo. Each show will begin with a short set Key To Shame featuring Mark Morgan (Sightings) and Pat Murano (No Neck Blues Band/Malkmuth).

9/28 Sunday
8 and 10 pm
Ted Hearne
Chris Coletti (trumpet) Ted Hearne (piano) Nathan Koci (horn/accordion/electronics) Taylor Levine (guitar/electronics) Eileen Mack (clarinet/bass clarinet) Ron Wiltrout (drums) Miki-Sophia Cloud (violin) Matthew Wright (trombone)
World premieres.

9/30 Tuesday
8 pm
Bridget St John
Bridget St John (voice)

10 pm
Michael Gira Solo
Michael Gira (guild antique burst electro acoustic guitar, Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus guitar amplifier)

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2008 1:51 AM

Saturday September 27th

8:00 Chubby Behemoth
9:00 Torrential Downpour
10:00 LOMF
11:00 Child Abuse
12:00 Car Bomb
Ace of Clubs

9 Great Jones Street
(3rd Street between Broadway and Lafayette)

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:57 AM

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