Tuesday, March 29, 2011


BLOOD STEREO (Brighton, England)

BILL NACE (Northampton, MA)

1983 (Albany, NY)

Tuesday April 12
Doors 7:30; show 8:00
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.
$5 suggested donation

ASAC is excited to announce our next event, a rare US visit by Brighton England’s diy/indie legends, Blood Stereo. Blood Stereo is playing a special performance at Oberlin College and is playing only a handful of US dates so we’re particularly excited by their visit! Complementing Blood Stereo will be Bill Nace, Northampton, MA guitarist extraordinaire, last in Albany with Thurston Moore, as Northampton Wools. 1983 is Jason Cosco an Albany noiseician and video artist solo project.

More information on the performers:

Dylan Nyoukis's work exists on the fringe of contemporary avant garde art and underground DIY, and he is a leading light in the UK's tape/CD-R scene, both as a performer and proprietary of the Chocolate Monk label. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as Ludo Mich, Chris Corsano, Thurston Moore, Sun City Girls, Bill Nace (natch!), Heather Leigh Murray, Phil Minton, Neil Campbell, Usurper and Wolf Eyes.

Blood Stereo, is an English duo of Dylan Nyoukis, and his wife, the musician and artist Karen Constance, that combines diy technology and the human voice creating a non-idiomatic sound where the human and material collide. Byron Coley described Blood Stereo as:

“a pair of ill-kempt roosters, fighting over a doughnut. The guy rooster is jibbering in some unknown tongue, turning his face inside out, while shoving the microphone slowly through a hole in his cheek. The girl rooster appears to be pecking at him, either that or she's picking at various trash they have strewn around the stage.”

Wonder what that sounds like? Come on and find out!!

Bill Nace is a musician based in Northampton, MA, who last visited us with Thurston Moore as Northampton Wools. Bill’s effected/treated guitar work is pure improv freedom through a lens of total control that never fails to astound. In addition to Thurston Moore, Bill has collaborated with innumerable artists including Chris Cooper, Paul Flaherty, Kim Gordon, Jooklo Duo, Chris Corsano, Jake Meginsky and John Truscinski.

1983 is Jason Cosco, an Albany based noise and video artist, UAG board member, and ASAC member. Jason’s performances are physical affairs where the body invariably becomes instrument. You can’t be sure what Jason will break out but don’t be surprised if pedals, mics, cymbals, turntables, bells and various other plastics and metals make an appearance!

Contact information for this event: Eric Hardiman, Albany Sonic Arts Collective. Email: albanysonicarts@yahoo.com

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Yan Jun & Weston-Godston Duo on 3/24!!

Yan Jun & the Matt Weston – Dan Godston Duo

1st set: Yan Jun -- electronics

2nd set: Matt Weston – Dan Godston Duo
Matt Weston -- percussion
Dan Godston -- trumpet, small instruments

Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.
Albany, NY
8:00 pm start
$5.00 suggested donation

Yan Jun uses feedback noise in his concerts. He also engages in field recording, site-specific sound art, voice, writing and publishing. He is the founder of Sub Jam/Kwanyin Records, which runs the weekly event Waterland Kwanyin (2005-2010) and annual festival Mini Midi.

Dan Godston teaches, composes music, and plays the trumpet and other instruments in Chicago. He works with the Borderbend Arts Collective to make the annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival happen. Chicago Calling provides opportunities for Chicago based artists to collaborate with artists living in other locations around the world.

Matt Weston plays percussion and electronics, and has worked with Arthur Brooks, Bill Dixon, Kevin Drumm and, most recently, has collaborated with Century Plants.


Monday, March 7, 2011

DRONE with us!!

The Arts Center of the Capital Region and Albany Sonic Arts Collective present:


Wednesday March 9th | 7:00 pm | FREE!
Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street
Troy NY 12180

Whether you’re an experienced sound artist or an open-minded newbie, grab the soundmaker of your choice and join a community of those who make hypnotic and meditative sonic art. Those who just want to listen are welcome too!

Wikipedia defines drone music as “a minimalist musical style that emphasizes the use of sustained or repeated sounds, notes, or tone-clusters…” This event is presented in partnership with Albany Sonic Arts Collective.

The drone will be led by Ray Hare and Eric Hardiman of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective.