Saturday Jun 21st 2014 @Pyramid Atlantic
Never Work, Guillermo Pizarro, Red Spells Red, Judith Berkson, Brandon Seabrook
Red Spells Red Red Spells Red is an electronic music project started in 2011 by Dennis Kane and Dave Svrjcek. Initially focused on analogue synthesis and improvisation with an ear for Dark Ambient sounds, the duo have recently embraced a more cinematic approach to their compositions. While still highly improvisational, Red Spells Red are exploring more complex themes and underlying structures from which they build their sounds. The pair have two CD releases, "Learning To Live With The Plague" (2012) and "Listener" (2014) and three digital releases, "Our Summers Become Our Winters" (2012), "Let These Voices Guide You" (2013) and "Right Now, The Horror Is Close" (2014). http://www.redspellsred.com
Guillermo Pizarro (1987) is a noise artist from Falling Waters, WV. He started experimenting in 2010 with prepared guitar and drone compositions, and has since then moved to experimenting with amplified objects to create his noisy textures. His interest in portraying the influence he gets from his small town surroundings and current mental state are a main driving force to his compositions. He has an upcoming split release through Virginia’s SEVEN1878 Imprint that accurately hints at what is to come for his 2nd full-length, aiming for a late 2014 release. Guillermo also works in collaboration with Christopher S. Feltner for guitar based noise duo, Arterial.
Named "NYC's Best Guitarist of 2012" by the Village Voice, Brandon's work has been profiled by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Fretboard Journal and the UK avant-music magazine, Wire. Typically reflecting the energy, dissonance and hardworking ethos of the creative rock underground, it does not fall victim to the aesthetic constraints of scene or genre. Treading a broad swath through contemporary underground music, he deals in everything from avant-jazz with Gerald Cleaver's Black Host and trumpeter Peter Evans' groups, to klezmer with Naftule's Dream and collaborations with legends like Anthony Braxton and Elliott Sharp. His own vehicle, Seabrook Power Plant, has released two albums, Seabrook Power Plant I (2009) and Seabrook Power Plant II (2011), both via Brooklyn’s Loyal Label. On June 24, 2014, cosmic sound imprint New Atlantis Records will release his solo guitar/banjo debut, Sylphid Vitalizers, which harnesses hyperreal technique and impeccable articulation to stratify ecstatic cacophony, bridging the realms of extreme rock and the classical avant-garde.
Judith Berkson is a soprano vocalist, pianist and composer who also performs as Liederkreis. She studied voice at the New England Conservatory with Lucy Shelton and piano with Judith Godfrey Marinelli and Viola Haas. She has performed at BrucknerTage, Picasso Museum Malaga, Le Poisson Rouge, Leipzig Kaufhaus Joske and the American Festival of Microtonal Music, premiering works by Ken Thomson, Matthew Welch, Ohad Talmor, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Joe Maneri and Julia Werntz as both a singer and pianist. She has been collaborating with Kronos Quartet on re-workings of Schubert lieder for string quartet, voice, Wurlitzer piano and Farfisa organ. She received a Jerome Foundation Grant and a Six Points Fellowship in 2012 to complete "The Vienna Rite", a chamber opera for voices, drums and organ. Her solo recording "Oylam" (ECM) uses voice and keyboards on a compilation of originals, Schubert lieder, standards and liturgical music. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times described it as "Swing and chilly silences, a beautiful Satie-like piece in two different versions, to open and close the record. I can’t get enough of it.".
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