by Andrew Frisicano
Musician and filmmaker Grey Gersten is curating the month of May at non-profit East Village space The Stone. Gersten is currently working on a new LP with Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Ceramic Dog, Secret Chiefs 3) and Kato Hideki (Death Ambient, Tremelo of Joy). His performances during the month with various performers are just some of the many worthy events scheduled.
A portion of Marc Ribot's 55th birthday celebration will happen at the venue on May 12th-14th. That includes a new addition to that weeklong series, "A Tribute to Ribot" - led by Gersten - on Wednesday, May 13th. That night is billed as, "Six colleagues, fans and cohorts of Marc Ribot pay tribute to the master in this special night of musical madness. Three performances per set feature music from several of Ribot's most beloved projects" Full info below.
Other acts that jump out include guitarist Loren Conners, who collaborated with Jim O'Rourke on 1997's Two Nice Catholic Boys, on Friday, May 1st; two performances by JG Thirlwell's Manorexia on May 6th; Lucky Dragons with special guests Ches Smith and Grey Gersten on Saturday, May 9th; and a pair of Sunday, May 10th shows with K Records artist Karl Blau playing an early set, followed by a late set from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.
Select evenings in May will be broadcast live online on free103point9. Right now, scheduled broadcasts include Pauline Oliveros/Lucky Dragons on May 9thand Gersten/Crane/Sawyer and Bill Nace on May 22nd.
Full May calendar below...
May 2009 at the Stone curated by Grey Gersten
Loren Conners (guitar)
Connors' singular adaptation of the blues is a distinct personal vision combining the Delta bottleneck sound and the ancestral blues voice (appearing as distortion, baying hounds or multi-tracked guitar), with hauntingly unexpected sounds.
Shahzad Ismaily (instruments)
Grey Gersten and Shahzad Ismaily
Grey Gersten (guitar, electronics) Shahzad Ismaily (bass, drums, synth)
Jolie Holland (violin)
R. Nemo Hill presents: Active Ingredients at The Stone: ACTIVE O--program #4
IT'S THE MAN WITH THE DROP OF WINE ON HIS BROW
Monday May 4 2009 8PM
The Poetry of Robert Desnos read by Adriana Scopino & R. Nemo Hill
Marina Rosenfeld and Anthony Coleman
Marina Rosenfeld (electronics) Anthony Coleman (keyboards)
Jeremiah Cymerman Solo
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics)
8 and 10 pm
JG Thirlwell's Manorexia
Elena Moon Park, Olivia De Prato (violin) Miranda Sielaff (viola) Isabel Castellvi (cello) Peter Wise (percussion) Dave Broome (piano) JG Thirlwell (laptop, compositions)
Joe McPhee-Jay Rosen Duo
Joe McPhee(tenor sax) Jay Rosen (drums)
Premiere of a new duo. Five dollars.
The Demian Richardson Quartet with John Blum and Daniel Carter
Demian Richardson (trumpet) David Schnug (sax) John Blum (piano) David Moss (bass) David Miller (drums) Daniel Carter ( alto and tenor saxophones, flute, trumpet, clarinet)
Cooper-Moore's Second Spring Acoustic-Electric Trio
Willie Applewhite (trombone) Jason Kao Hwang (violin) Cooper-Moore (handcrafted instruments)
The Cooper-Moore Trio
Cooper-Moore (piano) Tom Abbs (bass) Michael Wimberly (drums)
Lucky Dragons with special guests Ches Smith and Grey Gersten
Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara (instruments) Ches Smith (drums) Grey Gersten (guitar)
Lucky Dragons are about the birthing of new and temporary creatures--equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst themselves. "make a baby" is the name for an ongoing series of performances in which sounds are generated by touching on the skin--at the heart of it is playing together, re-engaging the wonder and impossibility of technology.
Pauline Oliveros (accordion)
Pauline has been playing the accordion since she was nine years old. Her work is legendary. Each performance is unique, drawing on the energies of audience and environment.
Karl Blau (guitar, vocals)
Nels Cline (guitar)
55th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Part of a week-long celebration taking place in venues around the city, the three days at the Stone presents some of Marc's most beloved and cutting edge projects.
Marc Ribot Solo
Marc Ribot (guitar)
Ribot plays new solo works from his recent European tour and selections from his three previously released solo albums.
Marc Ribot (guitar) Christine Bard (percussion) Sim Cain (drums) Sebastian Steinberg (bass) Special guests
A TRIBUTE TO RIBOT
Marco Capelli, Anthony Coleman, Grey Gersten, Jon Madof, Eyal Maoz, Roger Kleier
Six colleagues, fans and cohorts of Marc Ribot pay tribute to the master in this special night of musical madness. Three performances per set feature music from several of Ribot's most beloved projects.
Marco Capelli/Anthony Coleman/Grey Gersten play MARC RIBOT
Marco Capelli, Grey Gersten (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano) Billy Martin (drums)
Marco Capelli will play material from Ribot's eclectic solo repertoire. Anthony Coleman will perform a variety of Ribot originals, and Grey Gersten will present "Dying Cowboy" and "Etude #4 Bombasto" in duo with Billy Martin.
John Madof and Rashanim/Eyal Maoz/Roger Kleier's El Pocho Loco Project play MARC RIBOT
Jon Madof, Eyal Maoz, Roger Kleier (guitar) Shanir Blumenkranz, Trevor Dunn (bass) Mathias Kuntzli, Ches Smith (drums) Annie Gosfield (keyboards) Rich Stein (percussion)
Three exciting young guitarists pay tribute to the master--performing material from Yo I Killed Your God, Cubanos Postizos and more.
Marc Ribot plays the works of Frantz Casseus with guitarist Marco Cappelli
Marc Ribot (guitar) Marco Cappelli (guitar)
The recordings of the works of Haiti's greatest composer for the classical guitar is Ribot's tribute to his late friend and guitar teacher, Frantz Casseus. Although the Villa Lobos and Haitian folk influenced style differs from that of his own compositions, Ribot's rendition remains true to the spirit of these beautiful, rhythmically delicate pieces.
Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson (guitars) Chad Taylor (drums) Jason Ajemian (bass)
The premiere of Ribot's newest quartet named after the John Coltrane album.
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn IMPROV NIGHT--a STONE benefit
John Zorn (sax) Grey Gersten (guitar) and many special guests
Helen Rush (vocals, guitar) Samara Lubelski (violin, bass) Pat Gublar (guitar)
Metal Mountains--If you collected the 500 calmest, most beautiful, starkest, most minimalist records of the past century, you would have a seed which under the most fortuitous of circumstances might blossom into Metal Mountains. Back before the New Weird America was new, or weird (or even American) Helen Rush, Pat Gubler, Samara Lubelski, were turning on freakniks at Soho lofts and the Cooler (R.I.P.) to the tear-inducing gorgeousness of their haunted stylings in bands like The Tower Recordings and Hall of Fame. Listening to Metal Mountains is like staring at the stars on a cloudless night with Carl Sagan whispering in your ear. If you are not overwhelmed by a sense of the mystery and grandeur of the Universe, have your doctor lower your dosage. Five dollars.
Steel City Boogie
Henry Flynt (guitar)
Henry Flynt, who has about twenty albums out of archived performances, returned to live performance in 2008 after a twenty-five year absence. For several performances in 2008, Henry Flynt appeared with his niece Libby Flynt. In the last 2008 performance in London, Henry appeared solo. When Henry and Libby began, the composition was entitled "Rockin' Midnight". The set is a long rock instrumental in which Flynt plays lead guitar against a tonic pedal-point rhythm track, mixing and matching styles. It ends with a coda alluding to Henry's earliest duet work with La Monte Young. Henry has updated his sound, using more effects than in his guitar work of the last century. It's all "raga rock," a hard-rock adaptation of the country selection "Lonesome Train Dreams" on his album "Graduation". At the Stone, Henry will appear solo. As the composition continues to evolve. Flynt is steering in the direction of funky country, and has changed the title accordingly "Steel City Boogie". Fifteen dollars.
Good for Cows
Devin Hoff (bass) Ches Smith (drums)
Good for Cows continue their exploration of modular forms, aural cues and electronics.
Michael Schumacher (analog synthesizer) Ed Tomney (analog synthesizer) Kato Hideki (analog synthesizer) James Fei (analog synthesizer) Sergei Tcherepnin (analog synthesizer) David Galbraith (analog synthesizer) Kabir Carter (analog synthesizer) Stefan Tcherepnin (analog synthesizer)
Performances and informal discussions centered on "vintage" and other analog synthesizers. This is their first performance outside of Diapason Gallery
Abdoulaye Alhassane (guitar, gurmi, vocals) Moussa Mahaman (guitar, bass) Kali Fastaeu (nai flute, soprano sax) Idrissa Kone (tama, gasu)
Original Music of the Niger River and Sahara from Mali and Niger led by Abdoulaye Alhassane.
Neel Murgai Ensemble
Neel Murgai (sitar, daf, vocals) Mat Maneri (viola) Sameer Gupta (tabla) Greg Heffernan (cello)
The NME performs new music that straddles cultures, continents and eras: the ancient future traditional. Neel has assembled this talented ensemble after years of experimentation with different groups and instrumentations. Best described as Indo-chamber jazz, their sound ranges from an overtone singing, droning minimalism to intricate arrangements of raga based melodies and mathematical rhythmic structures, with healthy doses of improvisation throughout.
LA OTRACINA Presents "Purple Whales Of The Sun, Who Dareth To Swim Shall Drown In Thy Bliss"
Adam Kriney (drums, vocals) Evan Sobel (bass IV) Philippe Ortanez (electric guitar)
They is The Crystal Wizards Of The Cosmic Weird. An swirling epic ocean of progressive psychedelia swarming with pirates of proto-metal glory ravaged by sea-hag tunes of the eternal sludge doom and ascend upon thee, oh, brothers and sisters do not fear, a siren song of acidic jazz-rock will mellow out yer yellow. Five dollars.
Arik (bass) George (guitar) Phil (keys) Spencer (drums, vocals)
New York dwellers Matta Llama have been churning their potion for the past eight (or is it nine?) years, bubbling up sounds of instantaneous psych blurbs, false jazz intrusions and the freeing of forgotten spirits. Consisting of yer basic rock formation, guitar, bass, keys and drums, Matta Llama posit a challenge to modernity without guilt or sympathy toward the common ironics present in the shit-storm known as the aughts. A carrying, rolling sound that resounds in the round, yer mind. Five dollars.
Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Reuben Radding (bass)
Taketo Shimada (tanpura, voice) Tres Warren (synthesizer, ukelin,
Lonesome Noh death, cosmic Hindustani meditation, structured improv heterodyne drone. Five dollars.
Grey Gersten, G. Lucas Crane, Ryan Sawyer
Grey Gersten (guitar) G. Lucas Crane (tapes, broken equipment) Ryan Sawyer (drums)
Bill Nace (guitar) Greg Kelley (trumpet) Jake Meginsky (percussion)
Roses and Riots
Martha Colburn (films, light improvisations) Laura Ortman (violin) Nathan Whipple (keyboards) Martha Colby (cello) Mike Evans (foley effects) Matthew Varvil (flute) Haleh Abghari
This evening of sounds/music, accompanied by the animated films and hand-fashioned colorful multi-projections. A special shadow play and surprise guests. The evening plays with drug enforcement/witch hunts/religion/power.
A Cantankerous Agility by The Hat City Intuitive
The Many Spaceships (guitar, saxes) Nix Pickler (drums) Sax Blabbeth (bass, agony pipes) The Heckler (keys) Gene Moore (guitar) Special Guest Kato Hideki (bass, electronics)
Chaotic entropy. Group Therapy. Nineteen years of abusive behaviour. Ten dollars.
Sound, video, words, my body. My mouth. Many soft colorful fabric snakes. An unreliable narrator in a self imposed exile in the jungle--the sheer terror of thousands of square miles of rapid life and death, the superfluousness of this metaphor for existence--a questionable lecture on plant socio-emotionality--a symphony for this flora--a radio show which provides the courage and fortification of a direct god line to the jungle floor.
J. Gräf Sheppard
Jenny Graf (voice)
J. Graf Sheppard has been an active participant in the international avante garde music scene since 1996. Building vivid, compelling soundworlds using the Tranoe (a Peter B. instrument in the ambrazier family), guitar and voice, her music as one half of Metalux and Harrius as well as her solo project J.Graf has bent the ears and minds of those who venture into her world.
Nate Wooley (trumpet) Josh Sinton (bass clarinet) Matt Moran (vibraphone)
John Hebert (bass) Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
A new group from Wooley exploring aleatoric counterpoint, jazz tradition and timbral exploration.
Dennis D Anderton
Dennis D Anderton (erhu, oscillator)
2008's Spirit Numbers is stripped down to its essential feeling and practice. Anderton reveals the skeleton of his compositional technique in songs about peace, faith, dance and doubt.
Lary Seven (electronics)
The analogue society's minister of audiology and star of the avant garde showcase.
Nonhorse: Non-Amoral Confusion/Drone
G. Lucas Crane (tapes, broken equipment)
Several sound performance pieces utilizing and about degraded samples, analogue tape, handmade broken equipment, source confusion and media fear.
Nowhere You! Everywhere The Electric!
Ursula Scherrer (projections) Alan Licht, Grey Gersten (guitars) Kato Hideki (bass)
A continuing series curated by Grey Gersten that brings together contemporary experimental film-makers and musicians for unique collaborative performances.
Hypnotic death rock music mixed with physical force. Plastic bags, romantic green fingernails and top notch show-menship. Five dollars.
Fursaxa and Mary Lattimore
Tara Burke (vocals, keyboards, flutes, bells) Mary Lattimore (harp)
Music inspired by the rhythms of plants and their individual songs, healing sound patterns to listen to in waking/dreaming states when ordinary speech no longer suffices.
Paul Metzger (banjo)
Improvisations on modified banjo.
Tristan Dahn (guitar, saxophone, clarinet, guzheng, percussion, tapes, electronics)
Combining preconceived forms and improvisational methods, Tristan Dahn seeks to create lush narrative soundscapes, using a variety of instruments played with both traditional and extended techniques. Five dollars.
Chris (guitars, keys, vocals) Brendan (guitars, keys, vocals) Janane (guitars, keys, vocals)
Visitations is a Portland, Maine-based group of free-form minimal psych-folk purveyors. Five dollars.
Rafi Bookstabber and Paul Grimes
Rafi Bookstabber (analog synth, guitar, sarangi, drums, voice, tape, flute) Paul Grimes (analog synth, guitar, sarangi, drums, voice, tape, flute)
New project from underground tape duo Death Chants is seriously zoned folk drone raga trance bliss-outs that stretch the death chants sound further into the realm of angus maclise damaged ecstasy. Five dollars.
Aki Onda (cassettes, electronics)
Aki Onda plays field-recordings collected by himself by cassette. Walkman over a span of two decades.