Posted in music | pictures on April 12, 2011

photos by Erez Avissar

Alan Howarth

""IF YOU'RE FROM NEW YORK, you'll know this one." As the image of an eye patch-sporting Kurt Russell flashed across twin screens behind the stage at West Village destination Le Poisson Rouge, the speaker struck up a portentous synth line and the audience burst into nostalgic applause; ...the tense theme from 1981 cult actioner Escape from New York is one of his own compositions. Alan Howarth... is something of an icon to fans of electronic movie sound tracks and effects: His résumé is peppered with Hollywood titles from Poltergeist to Raiders of the Lost Ark, John Carpenter projects like Escape and Halloween featuring prominently among them.

"Most of this music's just been sitting around for thirty years," Howarth admitted cheerfully, reveling in the attention it was now receiving and clearly overjoyed to find himself out of the studio and in front of some appreciative listeners. Harald Grosskopf, drummer for 1970s German space-rockers Ash Ra Tempel and author of 1979's Synthesist album (described by the organizers as "the nexus of Krautrock, Kosmische, and New Age"--and who am I to argue?), was in similarly high sprits. Taking the stage after Howarth, he got rather more of a workout, bobbing and weaving behind his stand-up kit while adopting a range of orgasmic/tortured facial expressions. "This screen is to monitor my blood pressure," he quipped, pointing to one of several nearby laptops. "It's nothing to do with the music."

After an hour or so of meandering but effortlessly enjoyable stuff, Grosskopf and friends made way for Emeralds, a young trio from Cleveland whose synth-heavy instrumental jams owe much to their senior colleagues' pioneering work..." -[Artforum]

Synthesizer music pioneers Alan Howarth and Harald Grosskopf shared a bill with Emeralds as part of the Unsound Festival at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday night (4/8). And it was old meets new, as Grosskopf was joined by A.R.P, Blondes, Laurel Halo, Pink Skull and James Ferraro. Howarth and Emeralds also played together. Jade Boyd provided the visuals.

The theme continued the next night as well as many of the same performers, Harald Grosskopf included, played and/or DJ'd at a secret party in Brooklyn. Erez was at both events, and his pictures from them continue, with some videos, below...

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Harald Grosskopf @ Le Poisson Rouge

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Emeralds with Alan Howarth @ Le Poisson Rouge

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Alan Haworth, Emeralds performing The Thing ost

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Comments (11)

GLAD to FINALLY see Emeralds and this show mention....still waiting on the solo Mark McGuire show to get some press....Glad I went to the real show at LPR

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 12:10 AM

show ruled so hard. i need more. blondes, laurel, arp, julianna, and more playing at wbarbq this friday for free. going kreezeee

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 1:23 AM

This was GREAT! Howarth, Grosskopf and Emeralds totally put on such an awesome show!! Thanks for covering this BV!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 9:19 AM

Emeralds RULE!!!! Please tour and play loooooong sets!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 9:23 AM

It was so cool to see Alan Howarth, Harald Grosskopf and the guys from Emeralds having such a genuinely fun time performing their music at LPR. Excellent music! Awesome night!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 9:26 AM

Big Trouble in Little China

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 10:48 AM

James Ferraro did not play with Grosskopf at LPR on Friday.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 11:14 AM

I second the longer sets. The emeralds need to play alot longer in my book as does mark mcguire solo sets

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 11:35 AM

Longer sets? There's only so much you can fit on a memory card. So many 20th century guitar poses already for them to remember.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 6:04 PM

personally wish to be there listening you..

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