Trans-Pecos announces new curators, including James Chance, Sick Feeling’s Don Devore, Hiro Kone & more
Tredici Bacci @ Trans-Pecos in May (photo by @trans.pecos)
Ridgewood venue Trans-Pecos, now fully legit, has been open for a year and half offering up “connoisseur level new and outsider music from all walks of musical and social life.” In addition to founders Todd P and Sam Hillmer, the venue relies on a revolving bunch of currators to help book shows, and Trans-Pecos has just announced its new crop for Summer 2015. They include no wave legend James Chance, Sick Feeling/Collapsing Scenery’s Don Devore, Hiro Kone, Black Dice / Pixeltan’s Hisham Bharoocha, noise composer Bob Bellerue, Lichens main man Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Sex Magazine and more. Full rundown of Trans-Pecos’ new curators is below.
James Chance will play Trans-Pecos on Friday (6/26) with Will Epsein, Parlor Walls, and Eve Essex. The show is presented by outgoing curator, Northern Spy, so it’s a bit of a changing of the guard. Tickets are on sale now. On Saturday (6/27) Trans-Pecos has an all-day show they’re calling the Stoned Soul Picnic with Friend Roulette, Artanker Convoy, Sly Moth, Los Rockwells, Paycheck and “special guests.” Check out Trans-Pecos’ upcoming schedule here.
DAVID GRUBBS – David Grubbs is professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press). Grubbs has released twelve solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings. He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer. Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and he has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, among many others. He is a grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and was recently featured in Augusto Contento’s documentary film Parallax Sounds. Grubbs is a contributing editor in music for BOMB Magazine, directs the Blue Chopsticks record label, and serves as a member of ISSUE Project Room’s Board of Directors.
HIRO KONE– Hiro Kone is Nicky Mao, a New York City based musician and artist. Mao was a former member of Effi Briest and Up Died Sound. Her background in classical training and symphonic arrangements provides a stark juxtaposition to the raw sounds of Hiro Kone’s material, evoking something both familiar and disorienting.
LAMIN FOFANA – Lamin Fofana New York based DJ, producer and founder of SCI-FI & FANTASY.
DON DEVORE – Don Devore New York based musician and artist. Current projects include Collapsing Scenery and Sick Feeling.
THE BIG FRY– Noah Rubin is an American-born artist/producer and music executive based in New York City. Until recently Rubin served as VP of Music for Decon (now Mass Appeal (magazine). Rubin had worked with Wu Tang Clan, El P, Dad Oath, Historics and many others.
BOB BELLERUE – Bob Bellerue is a noise composer, experimental musician, and creative technician based in Brooklyn NY. Over the last 25+ years he has been involved in a wide range of creative activities – experimental electronic music, junk metal percussion ensembles, Balinese gamelan, sound scores for dance/theater/video/performance art, and installation art. Bob’s work utilizes custom electronics and programming, incorporating feedback, prepared field recordings, de-musicalized instruments, and found oscillators. He is in the midst of long-term collaborations with the choreographer Wanda Gala, and plays regularly as a solo artist, in KILT (with Raven Chacon and Sandor Finta), and in collaboration with many others (Z’EV, Mister Matthews, and Philip White, most recently). Bob’s work has been presented at the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, New Genre Festival, CEAIT Festival, Ende Tymes Festival, Denver Noise Fest, Experimental Intermedia, Issue Project Room, Diapason Sound Gallery, Roulette, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Noise Festival, Olympia Experimental Music Festival, PDX Noise Festival, Radio Epsilonia (Paris), WFMU, WKCR, WNYC, KFJC, KXLU, East Village Radio, Stanford University, The New School, UCSD, and UCLA. His discography includes dozens of releases on Banned Productions, P-Tapes, RRR Records, Love Earth Music,Prison Tatt Records, Los Discos Enfantasmes, Zelphabet, Anarchymoon Recordings, Sleepy Hollow Editions, Peyote Tapes, and Important Records (as a member of Tecumseh). He curates and produces noise and experimental music events on a regular basis, including the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation. He was formerly based in Los Angeles, where he ran the sub-garde experimental music/performance space the Il Corral, and curated the Beyond Music series and festival.
HISHAM BHAROOCHA– Hisham Akira Bharoocha is an visual artist/musician/photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Bharoocha’s is known for his previous musical projects starting with bands such as Black Dice and Pixeltan. His current musical projects include Soft Circle, IIII (read Four), ZANZO and 41 Strings.
ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE – Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (b. 1975) is an artist and composer that works with voice in the realm of spontaneous music often under the moniker of Lichens. Most recently, creating patch pieces with modular synthesizer and tonal vocal work has been a focus of live performance and recordings. twitter: @lichensarealive / instagram: kirlianauras
SEX MAGAZINE– Sex Magazine is a quarterly cultural magazine based in NY. Since launching in 2012, the magazine has produced 10 quarterly issues, while documenting the activities of the underground in real time on our blog, Sex Life. Edited by Asher Penn, the magazine has since it’s inception has organized parties, concerts, exhibitions and events for it’s diverse audience to come together IRL.
JAMES CHANCE– A key ﬁgure in No Wave, Chance has been playing a combination of improvisational jazz-like music and punk in the New York music scene since the late 1970s, in such bands as Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James Chance and the Contortions, James White and the Blacks, The Flaming Demonics, James Chance & the Sardonic Symphonics, James Chance and Terminal City, and James Chance and Les Contortions. His music can be described as combining the freeform playing of Ornette Coleman with the solid funk rhythm of James Brown, though ﬁltered through a punk rock lens.
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THE BUNKER LIMITED – For over a decade, The Bunker has been a storied night of musical exploration in New York City. For The Bunker Limited, we bring a ridiculous sound system into a very small space, and limit attendance to 150. The sets at these events are not recorded, and absolutely no photography is allowed inside. http://beyondbooking.com/thebunker/default.asp / https://soundcloud.com/thebunkerny/ /
EXCEPTER – EXCEPTER is a synthetic protest band engineered to erase cultural distinctions through polarized confusion.
WET INK– Wet Ink has two main performing groups: Wet Ink Ensemble and Wet Ink Large Ensemble. Wet Ink Ensemble is a septet configuration, comprised of a core group of composer-performers: Erin Lesser (flutes), Joshua Modney (violin), Ian Antonio (percussion), Kate Soper (vocals), Alex Mincek (saxophones), Eric Wubbels (piano), and Sam Pluta (electronics). This series is curated for Wet Ink by Jeff Snyder and Quinn Collins