Prurient / Thurston Moore collaboration
Electric Kulintang (Susie Ibarra, Roberto Rodriguez, and Thurston
SPACE IN LIC
of Jackson Ave & Queens Blvd / 42-16 West St - 5th floor | Long
Island City, Queens – take the 7 train to Queensboro Plaza,
the E,V,G, or R to Queens Plaza, or, Williamsburgers take the B61
Markers' Elisa Ambrogio by Steffano Giovanni
We once again
have an experimental bill chock full o’ notable artists. This
one is put together by Swingset Magazine and will take place in
a fifth-floor Long Island City loft. If there is a theme to the
diversity of acts here – other than the fact that they all
come from the experimental end of the spectrum, it’s gotta
be the Sonic Youth connection.
The night starts
with artists from the more official side of experimental music spectrum
and works its way to the indie.
also known for her project Can’t, is a Boston electronic musician
who designs her own analogue synths. She performs and sets up sound
installations at galleries, universities, and even events such as
this. I can’t yet determine her Sonic Youth connection.
who tonight will be adding Thurston Moore into the fold, is the
project of two percussionist/composers Susie Ibarra and Roberto
Rodriguez. Kulintang is a Filipino musical style named after a percussion
instrument which consists of eight gongs in a wooden tray. Ibarra,
a jazz improvisor who has played with everyone from Cecil Taylor
and William Parker to John Zorn, and Rodriguez, who has played with
everyone from Marc Ribot to Celia Cruz to Julio Iglesias, navigate
the waters of experimental jazz and funk as they loop and sample
the kulintang and add percussion layers.
will also be joined by Moore, is Dominick Fernow. Fernow, whose
music is probably the most challenging of the night, may also be
the most intense performer of the evening. Prurient is pure violent
screaming backed by artfully dynamic noise – expect to dance.
Metalux are a duo who used to be on Load records and have since
moved further in further away from rhythm and into sound-collage
– and cacophony.
sure that Gogogo Airheart have been the weirdest act on many a bill,
tonight they are by far the most conventional. Not only the odd-man
out musically, these veteran post-post punkers are also geographically
removed from this east coast bunch. Their smart, structured songs
are adorned with angular guitars and bouncy bass on top of dub,
funk, and other dance rhythms. Expect to dance – and this
time I say it without irony.
if indeed there is a headliner on such a bill, are spazzy punkish
no-wavey noise trio Magik Markers. Coming to the attention of the
general indie public as the opener on a Sonic Youth tour last year,
they also have a fairly recent record on Ecstatic Peace, Trust Your
I wish there
was more of this when I lived in the hood - but then again, if there
was, I probably never would have been able to afford it. Come early
and expect no small amount of hearing loss later…
© New York
Night Train , 2005