Oliver Reeg & Associates – January 17th 2009

A bevy of Upstate, NY avant garde!

Oliver Reeg and Associates (ORAA) is an improv quintet from Rochester, NY exploring space, time, and the copious use of the delay pedal. The group consists of Scott Oliver, Ian Downey, and Jeff Fose on guitars, Chris Reeg on synth and slide guitar and Travis Johansen on drums.

The Bloody Noes are surely one of the more ‘out’ projects currently in operation. Hailing from Rochester, NY this male-female duo gather performance art strategies, found sound, object manipulation, and cheap synthesizer technology into a highly compelling, and challenging, live act. Their highly stylized combination of costumes, absurdity, and tightly composed musical gestures have resulted in what surely must be one of the most truly avant, musical acts.”

BCP Trio is an experimental/improvisational trio featuring David Brownstead (bass), Steven Cerio (drums/percussion) and Michael P. (guitar). They combine elements of free jazz, psychedelic noise, space rock and prog.

American Sphinx is one of many projects by New Thing Productions founder Michael Hentz. This Syracuse/Ithaca duo features Jarek Miller on drums along with Michael on guitar, loops and flute. Their music combines elements of free jazz, psych and raga drones. They are currently working on a new CD that will be available early next year.

NPV: The great thing about NPV is that while they do mess with saxophones and clarinets, there are no indulgent highspeed wankfest blowing bursts, no show-off moments, instead only jagged melodies and unpredictable, dissonant lines. And while there are plenty of electronics and abstract noises, there are no harsh walls or feedback loops. Instead, we get stray wind instruments interlacing with found sound, abstract emanations from a prepared electric bass, and long, extended billowing, buoying oscillations and reverberations from synths and electronics. This music has atmosphere, and it has coherence. Somehow it manages to be raw and jagged yet spacious and open at the same time. NPV sounds as if an old free jazz sax player has stumbled onto a late-night city street where Poeme Electronique echoes through the alleyways. Greg Newton: alto/tenor sax, clarinet, balloons, blender, percussion. Larry Patti: synth, electronics. David Voelkl: el. bass [prepared], electronics.

All shows start at 8pm

Donations $5.00 – $10.00

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