Monday, June 29, 2015

Fleisenberg-Kenas-Collins Duo + Paper Balls + Parashi!!

ASAC presents:


Monday June 29th at UPSTATE ARTISTS GUILD (247 Lark Street)
8 PM
$5 donation suggested for traveling musicians!

From Philadephia!
Jesse Kenas-Collis - cornet
Flandrew Fleisenberg - percussion

From DC!
a new improvising trio featuring Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory, DC), Lucio Menegon (Guitar from CA/ NYC) and David Grollman (percussionist and provocateur, NYC). All three are active in improvised and composed music scenes in NYC and Washington DC with groups such as Insect Factory, Blister, Plums, Prehistoric Horse and numerous spontaneous collaborations. From wall of sound to mellow deep headspace, this particular twin guitar, snare drum with mild theatrics and special surprise guests adventure will satisfy most abstract desires.

From here!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Come join us yet again at the Upstate Artists Guild as we welcome WILL GUTHRIE to Albany. Opening the show will be local quartet MENSHEVIKS.

Tuesday June 16 @ 8:00 pm
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY

$5 suggested donation for the traveling musician.

Will Guthrie is an Australian drummer / percussionist living in France. He works in many different settings of music: live performance, improvisation and studio composition using various combinations of drums, percussion, objects, junk, amplification and electronics..
He plays solo and in various projects such as THE AMES ROOM, ELWOOD & GUTHRIE & THE SOMMES ENSEMBLE. His music has been released on labels such as Gaffer Records, Erstwhile, Clean Feed, 23five, Editions Mego, Ipecac, iDEAL and his own label Antboy Music.

While studying jazz and improvised music(s) at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, alongside Ren Walters he started the weekly concert series 'Improvised Tuesdays', now known as the Make It Up Club and is Australia's longest running performance space dedicated to experimental and improvised musics. In Nantes, France he is part of the collective CABLE# which also organizes regular concerts and an annual festival. He also runs the experimental improvised CD label and mail-order service; ANTBOY MUSIC.

He plays solo using different combinations of drums, percussion, amplification and electronics, in minimalist/maximalist free jazz trio THE AMES ROOM (with Jean-Luc Guionnet & Clayton Thomas), in appalachian mutant folk duo ELWOOD & GUTHRIE (with Scott Stroud), as well as the improvised/composed ensemble THE SOMMES ENSEMBLE (with Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Julien Desperez & Maxime Petit).

Regular collaborators past and present include Jérôme Noetinger, David Maranha, Keith Rowe, Anthony Pateras, Toma Gouband, Erell Latimier, Ava Mendoza, Adam Sussmann, Matt Earle, Ren Walters, Jean-Philippe Gross, Greg Kingston, Helmut Schafer, David Ades, Mark Simmonds ...

MENSHEVIKS is an Albany-based improvisational quartet with a heavy emphasis on electronics.  Although the four members also perform solo and with multiple other groups, Mensheviks is a wholly unique endeavor with an approach all its own.  Matt Weston, Ray Hare, Mike Griffin, and Eric Hardiman are the crew. 



Matt "MV" Valentine
Fossils From the Sun

Sunday May 31
8 PM at The Low Beat
335 Central Ave Albany NY

Vermont's MATT VALENTINE (MV) is a cosmic sojourner of the highest order. Whether in his regular gig with Erika Elder or flowing on his own, MV's brand of rural psychedelia is unmistakable--his deep songwriting skills are matched by adventurous sonics and deft guitarwork. He's playing a few solo shows soon before his double LP "Midden Mound' drops this summer on the UK's mighty Golden Lab Records. Come see him at Albany's Low Beat on May 31!

If string theory is correct, this is approximately the thirteenth album Matt Valentine has released that definitely shouldn’t be filed under a group name (MV & EE, Tower Recordings, Bummer Road, Golden Road, etc.). On the other hand, if string theory is correct, this might also be his 11,000th album. The truth, one suspects, is somewhere in between. It’s actually his 2nd record of “songs”. Since bedding down in southern Vermont at the dawn of the century, MV has been as cussedly prolific as anyone but the general approach here is as naked-and-loaded as the soul of Icepick Slim.

As usual, MV’s tunes and procedures beggar easy generification. El- ements of deep forest psychedelia brush against Crazy Horse guitar / vocal flourishes that explode to reveal volk-based form mayhem at its hickiest. This guy has the magic touch.

“The MV half of MV&EE creates tense, cosmic music with very little. His meandering voice and sparkling guitar sound lonely, weird, and oddly comforting. A good match, actually, for some of Philip K. Dick’s obsessions: identity, authen- ticity and transformation.”

“the hypnotic effect is like sitting in a car in the desert, turning the radio dial, and stumbling upon ancient transmissions returning from deep space.”

“more effusive guitar effects and an occasional bend into a warped doo-wop or rural blues sensibility. The only problem with this strange addition to the ever- expanding body of work inspired by PKD is that it is not a whole album”


Joining MV on the bill will be Fossils from the Sun and Wovoka. Ray Hare plays in Century Plants and Burnt Hills, and his Fossils from the Sun project is an unpredictable one, as likely to utilize guitar as drum machine and synthesizer. One constant is Ray's voice, bent and mutated under layers of delay and distortion. John Lynch also plays in Burnt Hills, and his Wovoka project specializes in a hazy, homegrown back-porch psych vibe. Wovoka's released an LP on Time-Lag, while Ffrthesun has a number of releases on labels like Digitalis, Tape Drift, and Skell.

Don't miss this one! It's presented by Albany Sonic Arts Collective.


Albany Sonic Arts Collective is very proud to present this fantastic show. Please come join us for:

Al Margolis - violin, clarinet, contact mics
Steve Norton - reeds, electronics
Crank Sturgeon - vocals, guitar, violin, contact mics
Walter Wright - drums


Elizabeth Karp
Laura Frare

Thursday May 28 @ 8PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.