Friday Nov 8th 2013 @Pyramid Atlantic
Ashley Paul & Ben Pitchard, Patrick Cain, Vector Trio
Ashley Paul is an American performer and composer based in London. She uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful pallate of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies. This blend manifests beautiful and simple musical forms against acoustic experimentation. Her solo albums have received critical acclaim being chosen “Album of the Column” in The Wire, number one on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore’s “Tongue Top Ten” in Arthur Magazine and included on NPR’s All Songs Considered “Best of 2010”. She has been interviewed or featured in Wire Magazine, BOMB, Gonzo (circus), Dummy, The Quietus, Ad Hoc, Spex, The Sound Projector and Foxy Digitalis.
Ashley has performed or recorded with Phill Niblock, Rashad Becker, Loren Connors, Aki Onda, Nik Colk Void, C. Spencer Yeh, Anthony Coleman, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, Seijiro Murayama, Greg Kelley, Simon Fisher Turner, Bill Nace and Eli Keszler appearing on such labels as PAN, ESP-DISK’ and Tzadik.
Cora formed as a distant exchange of references and songs between London and New York. The duo, comprised of Ashley Paul and Ben Pritchard, is a clatter of free form song structures utilising guitars, voice, reeds and percussion.
This legendary local underground deconstructionist cabal, creators of seven studio and live CDs over almost 20 years, emerges from semi-retirement to bring an acoustic version of their sonic symbolism to the DC area. Vector Trio has discarded the electronics, loops, pedal boards, digital percussion, and preparations to reimagine their roots while simultaneously resignifying the last five years of abstract/formalist noise construction.
Scott Forrey – Trumpet, Marshall Hughey – Drums, Gary Rouzer – Cello.
Patrick Cain is a recent transplant to the district. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he was immersed in the vibrant experimental music and media community of the Queen City. He has worked in theater, performance, dance, noise, costumes and installation art. He was a Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center artist in residence in 2012, and also a guest artist at Alfred University. His recent work is inspired by mid-century experimental film making, early electronic musics and nature. He recently toured the Midwest with the Freeman/Borden/Cain trio and has shared bills with countless experimental music luminaries. For this solo project he will be screening a hand painted 16mm film while creating a live soundtrack including saxophone, tapes and no-input feedback loops.
Plus recent short films during the intermission:
1. A Distant Horizon by Ryan Marino
Remote landscapes contain fragments of strata and sediment suggesting an existence marked by time not man. A vibrant sun illuminates the contours of the land providing a natural show of light and shadow play. "We are lost between the abyss within us and the boundless horizons outside us." - Robert Smithson
Ships passing on the Huangpu River (Chris H Lynn, 2013)
Video/Super 8 film transferred to DV|color/b&w|sound| 7:22
Images of ships recorded in the same location (Shanghai) at different time periods(2008-2013) drift in and out the frame towards their unknown destination.
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