Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SAT. Nov. 12th in Saratoga!

Join us for this special event - a rare performance by LOCATION ENSEMBLE! If you're not sure what that means, read below, and think "ecstatic and hypnotic massed guitar orchestra" and you'll be close.

LOCATION ENSEMBLE with video projection by 1983.


Saturday, November 12, at 8pm
The Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
$8 / $5 for students and members of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective

LOCATION ENSEMBLE, a supergroup sprung from the Capital Region's underground music scene and comprised of seven guitarists, bass player and drummer, will perform a program of original compositions and a new classic of experimental sound art at The Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, November 12. The musical program will be accompanied by the projections created live by digital/video artist 1983.

In 2010 sonic experimenters soundBarn and Albany Sonic Arts Collective joined forces to perform at Saratoga Springs' Arts Center and two other venues Rhys Chatham's fabled Guitar Trio (1977), a swirling mass of sound where minimalism met punk rock and changed the state of music by ushering in the art-noise-rock scene of the early 1980's. With the last chords still ringing, soundBarn and Albany Sonic Arts members decided to make the group a semi-permanent performing unit and christened the project 'LOCATION ENSEMBLE'.

LOCATION ENSEMBLE has recently expanded its repertoire, serving as the core of two performances of John Cages's Imaginary Landscapes IV, scored for twelve AM radios.

On November 12, LOCATION ENSEMBLE sets aside their radios to pick up their guitars, bass and drums once again. This time the ensemble will perform new works by members Eric Hardiman, Holland Hopson and Thomas Lail with an expanded score of Valerian Maly's Electric Guitar II.

Valerian Maly (Born Switzerland 1959) is a composer, performer and music director of experimental theater. His projects include collaborations with John Cage, David Tudor and Alvin Lucier. Influenced by the Fluxus-artists, Maly’s Electric Guitar II (1994) employs electric guitar & champagne as a form of trauma therapy; a response to the musical education of a Swiss conservatory. Maly lives and works in Bern, Switzerland.

For this show, LOCATION ENSEMBLE will include:

Tara Fracalossi - guitar
Ray Hare - guitar
Howard Glassman - guitar
Holland Hopson - guitar
Thomas Lail - guitar
Jason Martin - guitar
Patrick Weklar- guitar
Eric Hardiman - bass & guitar
Matt Weston - drums

Video projections to accompany this concert will be provided by 1983 (Jason Cosco), an Albany based noise and video artist, co-founder of the Upstate Artist Guild, and a member of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective.