Saturday, March 29, 2014


Tuesday April 22, the Albany Sonic Arts Collective welcomes Finland's Antti Tolvi, in duo with master drummer Chris Corsano!!  Also performing on the bill will be Jefferson Pitcher, solo guitar wizard from Easthampton, MA.  Don't miss this fantastic show!!

Tuesday April 22
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.
Albany, NY
$5 suggested donation for the touring musicians

Antti Tolvi is a self-taught, multi-talented musician. He has played in numerous bands including Lau Nau, Rauhan Orkesteri, and Lauhkeat Lampaat. Born in ’77 in Panelia on the west coast of Finland, he began making music with his brothers, untutored. From 2000-2001 he studied classical Indian music in Varanasi, and this marked a turning point in his perception of music. On returning to his native Finland, he became embroiled in Free Jazz for a number of years, until a recent relocation to the countryside pushed him ever more towards solo improvisation – deriving inspiration from, in Antti’s own words, “harmonies, overtones, going into sound, no ends, no starts, from nothing comes something, just perfect, peace”.

‘Pianoketo’ can be seen as a culmination of Antti’s musical experiences to date. Featuring three extended meditations on a theme, all played on solo piano, it is a sound that defies categorisation, with nods towards classical, avant-garde, improvisation, psych, free jazz and Indian music. A shimmering flux of tones and harmonies, each of Pianoketo’s pieces seem to collect notes as they gather momentum, expanding and shifting form as Antti breathes life into them. At times, it is almost as if there are two instruments, the overtones working like feedback, playing counter-melodies as notes weave through each other. Antti’s technique combines neatly with the personality of the instrument to convey an evocative, psychedelic nostalgia.


First spellbound by freely improvised music in the mid-1990s after witnessing performances by TEST, William Parker, Cecil Taylor, and others, Chris Corsano began a long-standing, high-energy partnership with Paul Flaherty in 1998. A move from western Massachusetts to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to develop an expanded solo music of his own, incorporating sax reeds, violin strings and bows, pot lids, and other everyday household items into his drum kit. In February 2006 he released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, and Japan. He spent 2007 and '08 as the drummer on Björk's Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, and C. Spencer Yeh. Moving back to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano returned focus to his own projects, most notably a duo with Michael Flower, Rangda (with Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny) and solo work, now revamped to include synthesizers and contact microphones in addition to his drum set and home-made acoustic instruments.

In addition to the those mentioned above, he's also worked with, among others: John Edwards (released by: Clean Feed/Dancing Wayang), Jim O'Rourke & Akira Sakata (Drag City/Family Vineyard), Paul Dunmall (ESP-Disk), Nels Cline (Strange Attractors), Jessica Rylan (Load Records), Jandek (Corwood), Sunburned Hand Of Man (Manhand), MV&EE (Eclipse/Time-Lag), Vampire Belt (Open Mouth), Joe McPhee (Roaratorio), and Wally Shoup (Leo/Columbia Japan).

Jefferson Pitcher is a guitarist and composer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent his formative years involved in the DIY Berkeley punk-rock scene, at 924 Gilman Street, which still influences him today. While much of his work explores free improvisation, he also draws heavily on his gift for melody, as well as on the simple repetitions of minimalism, the space and North African influence of flamenco, and a history of performing and recording in the West Coast indie-rock scene as a singer-songwriter, where he fronted the band Above the Orange Trees.

Since that time, Pitcher has released music with Standard Recording Co. (USA), Digitalis Recordings (USA), Camera Obscura (Australia), Tape Drift Records (USA), Moonpalace (Spain), Dutch East India (USA), Words on Music (USA), Tract Records (USA), and his own Mudita Records (USA). He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, Okkyung Lee, Scott Amendola, Rosie Thomas, Christian Kiefer, J. Matthew Gerken, Denison Witmer, Sarah Weaver, Mark Dresser, Mike Bullock, Tim Keiper, Doug Van Nort, Jonathan Chen, David Gibson, Kristina Forester, Ron Guensche and many more. He has twice been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has been well reviewed by Pitchfork, Blurt, The Melbourne Sun, Prefix, and Harp magazines.

Pitcher holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he studied improvisation and composition with Pauline Oliveros and Neil Rolnick. He is married to author and visual artist Keri Smith, and can often be found on some hilly country road riding his bicycle while daydreaming about the minutiae of guitars and the endless wonder of sound.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nick Hennies + soundBarn + Mensheviks!!

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is proud to present another great show for your listening/viewing pleasure. Please come join us on Thursday March 27 for three acts of great live music. Show begins at 8PM and we're asking for a $5 donation for the touring artist (i.e. Nick Hennies!).

soundBarn (Albany)

Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY
$5 suggested donation

Nick Hennies is a percussionist and composer from Louisville, KY currently residing in Ithaca, NY. His work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice that Nathan Thomas of Fluid Radio described as, "a highly sophisticated and refined performance technique...that starts and ends with listening and encourages a different way of listening from its audience." He received his M.A. in percussion from the University of California-San Diego in 2003 where he studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick and is also a member of Meridian, a percussion trio with Tim Feeney and Greg Stuart. Prior to relocating to Ithaca Hennies was based in Austin, TX for ten years where he performed with the Austin New Music Co-op, The Weird Weeds and a variety of other projects. Hennies is also an interpreter of the work of other modern composers having recorded and performed music by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Jandek, Peter Ablinger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey, Ellen Fullman, Radu Malfatti, Arnold Dreyblatt and many others. His work as both composer and performer can be heard on a wide variety of labels including Quakebasket, Senufo Editions, Accidie, Quiet Design and many others. In 2013 Hennies also founded the record label Weighter Recordings for releasing his own work and other new and unusual music by living composers.

soundBarn is the duo project of Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar. Previous performances have been fantastic, giving space for these cats to conjure strange worlds of otherness from their various guitars and preparations. Not to be missed.

Mensheviks is the collaborative group comprised of Matt Weston, Ray Hare, Mike Griffin, and Eric Hardiman. Each of these folks should be well known by ASAC audiences in other configurations, but if you haven't seen them perform together under this guise, come check it out. Each performance finds Mensheviks exploring new zones and sonic vistas.

See you there!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

M. Geddes Gengras, Sun Ra film, and MORE!!!

Internationally acclaimed synthesizer genius M. Geddes Gengras is making a special return appearance at ASAC on Wednesday Feb. 12th at 9:00 PM!!!

Please join us for this special night. Ged will be playing a solo synth set and will also be joined by Hudson musical guru Jeremy Kelly. Both performed at the very first ASAC performance ever back in November 2007, so we're very excited about this return.

Even better, the show is a double header, with a back to back film event: a screening of the amazing Sun Ra film "SPACE IS THE PLACE". Come at 7pm to see the film, and stick around for the music afterwards!

We will be asking for a suggested $5 donation for the film, and another $5 donation for the traveling musicians. We think this is a killer deal, and hope you'll agree!

SUPPORT FILM, ART, and LIVE MUSIC all in one amazing evening!

MORE DETAILS AND LINKS ON THE MUSIC OF M.GEDDES GENGRAS soon, but please put this on your calendars, and do not miss out on what is sure to be the best night of synthesize magic this year!

FILM at 7:00 ($5 suggested donation)
MUSIC at 9:00 ($5 suggested donation)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ashley Paul returns to ASAC!! 10/27

Albany Sonic Arts Collective is proud to present the extraordinarily talented Ashley Paul again at the Upstate Artists Guild (247 Lark Street) on Sunday October 27th.  Also performing will be Ben Pritchard, Century Plants and Jefferson Pitcher!




Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY

$5 suggested donation

Ashley Paul is a performer and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. She uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful pallate of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies. This blend manifests beautiful and simple musical forms against acoustic experimentation. Her solo albums have received high praise being chosen “Album of the Column” in The Wire, number one on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore’s “Tongue Top Ten” in Arthur Magazine and included on NPR’s All Songs Considered “Best of 2010”. She has been interviewed or featured in Wire Magazine, BOMB, Gonzo (circus), Dummy, The Quietus, Ad Hoc, Spex, The Sound Projector and  Foxy Digitalis.

Ashley has performed or recorded with Phill Niblock, Rashad Becker, Nik Colk Void, Loren Connors, Aki Onda, C. Spencer Yeh, Anthony Coleman, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, Seijiro Murayama, Greg Kelley, Bill Nace and Eli Keszler appearing on such labels as PAN, ESP-DISK’ and Tzadik. She received a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in 2007.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Rambutan Record Release Event with Loud & Sad, Chris Bassett, and more TBA!!

ALBANY SONIC ARTS COLLECTIVE presents the first show in its fall series, celebrating the return of September, back to school, and the recent release of the first full-length Rambutan LP! On Saturday Sept. 14th join us for a fantastic night of musical exploration with:




PARASHI vs. FOSSILS FROM THE SUN in a special collaborative set

8PM sharp
$5 donation suggested

LOUD & SAD is electro-acoustics from the duo of Nathan Mclaughlin and Joe Houpert; reverent, varied pieces that evoke visions of rained-out churches, open vistas, airports at night, long-lost loves and new ones as well. Nathan's a new resident of Hudson (who isn't really?!?), and has released a tape on Tape Drift before. Loud & Sad also have an LP available on Greenup Industries.

RAMBUTAN is the solo project of Eric Hardiman, just returning from a wee visit to Scotland.
He'll be celebrating the release of his first full-length LP on Fabrica Records.

CHRIS BASSETT is a long-time ASAC supporter and co-conspirator. Alternately known as Crisp Assett, he has graced many local stages as half of guitar deconstructionists Insect Posse.

PARASHI is Mike Griffin (Burnt Hills, Urkas, Mensheviks).  FOSSILS FROM THE SUN is Ray Hare (Century Plants, Burnt Hills, Twilight of the Century, Location Ensemble, Mensheviks, etc).  Together they will sonically spar in a very special collaborative set.  

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wed. July 17th! GANGLION + More!!

Wednesday July 17th at the UPSTATE ARTISTS GUILD!!

Benjamin Miller - guitars
Matt Weston - percussion + electronics
formed in Chicago in 1997


viola + electronics

Upstate Artists Guild
July 17th @ 8PM
$5 suggested donation
247 Lark St. 
Albany, NY


Monday, June 17, 2013


ASAC is pleased to present some drone and clatter for what's looking like a long hot summer. Hope you can join us!

SATURDAY June 22, 2013
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.  Albany

Insect Factory is Washington DC's Jeff Barsky. Solo guitar improvisations, swells and delays from a place we'd all like to find.  Alternately beautiful and frightening, always compelling.

Foxy Digitalis says:
"Barsky’s music alludes to static transmissions, garbled communication via invisible airwaves, alien landscapes, and dying technologies, while still retaining an interest in melody and traditional beauty. The juxtaposition of these ideas and approaches lends the record a complexity that goes deep beyond its shiny surfaces."

Earthen Sea is Jacob Longo. Sharp etched key and pedal space and tones.

Aquarius says:
"lush layered lysergic new age, the sort of keyboard kosmische that folks into Emeralds and Expo 70 should go nuts for. The melodies are subtle, the movements muted, the various tones and overtones float and hover and wash into one another like, well, waves. There's definitely a Niblock vibe too, but filtered through a more modern lo-fi space drone floorcore aesthetic. The A side for all its spaciness and dreaminess is also thick, and in its own way heavy the sounds raw, and a little abrasive, it's mesmerizing and ambient, but also intense."

soundBarn are Thom Lail and Patrick Weklar. Our favoritenoise\found sound implement manipulating guitar duo. Their recent set at our benefit for UAG was one of our faves. Looking forward to what's next.

We've appreciated everyone's support and look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Return of Arthur Brooks Ensemble V + Jefferson Pitcher !!

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is proud to present a performance by the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V. Trumpeter-composer Arthur Brooks is one of the unsung heroes of the new music. In his 40+ year career he has collaborated with such legendary figures as Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Sonny Sharrock, and Alan Silva. For over 20 years he taught alongside Dixon in the Black Music Division at Bennington College.  Also playing will be Jefferson Pitcher, performing a solo guitar set.

Arthur Brooks Ensemble V
Arthur Brooks - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jeremy Harlos - bass
Anthony Santor - bass
Matt Weston - percussion


Jefferson Pitcher - electric guitar

Friday, May 17, 2013

Upstate Artists Guild

247 Lark St.


Jefferson Pitcher is a guitarist and filmmaker from the Western Massachusetts area. He has released work on such labels as Digitalis, Tape Drift, and Camera Obscura. In the past Pitcher has collaborated and performed with artists like Jonathan Chen, Doug van Nort, Okkyung Lee, Fred Frith, and Ikue Mori. His sound brings together a wide-ranging body of influences, all supplemented with formidable technique in both composition and improvisation.

Admission to the show is $5.00; things will begin at 8 PM. There will be at least one additional performer this evening, info will be posted as events warrant.

Monday, April 22, 2013

ASAC's 2nd Annual Benefit for UAG!!!


JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR UAG! Last year, the Upstate Artists' Guild (UAG) faced financial challenges that threatened its existence. To help save this essential resource for the Capital Region’s art and music scenes, the Albany Sonic Arts Collective (ASAC) presented a showcase event featuring an array of local performers from the Albany area’s improvised and experimental music world. One year later, UAG’s here; ASAC’s here, and we couldn’t be happier. Once again ASAC wants to thank and give back to UAG. Please join us!

Saturday April 27, 2013
Upstate Artists' Guild 247 Lark St. Albany, NY
4:00PM - ???

$5 as a minimum suggested donation, but everything you can do to help out UAG will be tremendously appreciated!  Donations at the door and proceeds from merchandise sales to benefit the Upstate Artists Guild. Starting at 4PM sharp, ASAC will present an evening of continuous sound featuring:

Fossils From The Sun
Matt Weston
Grab-Ass Cowboys
Sun Burdens
Blacklight Lighthouse
Tiki Bats
World Lines

Crank Sturgeon

Closing the evening out will be Western MA via Portland ME noise legend Crank Sturgeon! If you missed his recent performance at UAG, YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!

ASAC and UAG have worked together since 2007 to provide a regular space for audiences to experience a wide range of experimental and improvised musical styles not represented by other area venues. 

Recent artists brought to Albany by ASAC:
- Joseph Hammer – member of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS)
- Baltimore Lap Steel alchemist Susan Alcorn
- Tape manipulator extraordinaire Jason Lescalleet
- MAWJA featuring Vic Rawlings; Mike Bullock and Mazen Kerbaj
- The live debut of electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros’ all-harmonica ensemble, the Tintinnabulate Harmonica Band

Past highlights include:
- Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore
- legendary music critic Byron Coley
- former member of 70s punk pioneers Destroy All Monsters, Ben Miller
- former member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, trumpeter & composer Arthur Brooks
- acoustic guitar virtuoso Jack Rose
- Wolf Eyes' John Olson as SPYKES
- Chinese sound artist Yan Jun

- Hair Police
- Family Battle Snake and PAN Records head Bill Kouligas

- Philadelphia saxaphonist Jack Wright
- legendary underground supergroup Rangda (Richard Bishop/Ben Chasny/Chris Corsano)
- a massive two day festival celebrating what would have been the 99th birthday of John Cage (John Cage 99)

And of course, ASAC has worked tirelessly in the last 5+ years to inspire grow its own local & regional talent, providing a welcome home stage for solo artists and groups such as:

- Matt Weston (world class percussionist/multi-instrumentalist/improvisor)
- soundBarn (fearless twin guitar explorers Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar)
- Fossils From the Sun (Ray Hare)
- Shape-Shifting Shepherds (Saratoga drone experimentalists Elky and Clarke)
- Insect Posse (noise provocateurs Mark Lunt and Chris Bassett)
- Century Plants (Ray Hare and Eric Hardiman)
- Twilight of the Century (heavy improvised doom unit w/ Mike Bullock, Linda Aubry Bullock, Ray Hare, and Eric Hardiman
- LOCATION ENSEMBLE - swarming & thundering multiple guitar ensemble
- 1983 (solo noise project from UAG's Jason Cosco)
- Jefferson Pitcher - guitar improv like no other from former Troy resident now in Western MA
- CASE (Albany-based noise experimentalism from Jeff Case)
- Mensheviks - Albany-based electronics + percussion improv unit
- Grab Ass Cowboys - Albany's pre-eminent noise duo (Christian Bulmer & Jason Cosco)
- Rambutan (solo project of Eric Hardiman) 

- Parashi (solo project of Mike Griffin)
About the Albany Sonic Arts Collective: the Albany Sonic Arts Collective (ASAC) is a grassroots organization dedicated to building a thriving community of listeners and performers of music that exists outside of traditional boundaries. The Collective supports a wide variety of music and sonic art forms, with an emphasis on those that stress freedom and exploration of new ideas. Styles include free improvisation, drone, noise, electroacoustic improvisation, electronic music, avant jazz, and many others. The Albany Times Union called ASAC a “sonic bright spot” of the Capital District arts scene.

There's a lot to celebrate here, and a lot to support.  For a city the size of Albany, we feel very proud to have helped in some small way to nurture this vibrant scene.  But none of this would have been possible without the Upstate Artists Guild.  Please consider showing your support by coming out for this spectacular show, enjoy the great music, buy some merchandise, and donate what you can to the UAG!!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ASAC show on 4/20!

Join the Albany Sonic Arts Collective for an evening of deep synth zones and noise....Saturday April 20th at the Upstate Artists' Guild! Synthesizer explorers Afterlife take their thick and blissful tones on the road, leaving Brooklyn for a bit and bringing compatriot Mike Chau of Bedroom along with them. A trio collaboration between Fossils from the Sun and Urkas will round out the evening. All for five bucks, don't miss it!

 Saturday April 20th

Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St. in Albany



FfrtheSun vs. URKAS
 Afterlife has released tapes and vinyl on outstanding labels like Stunned, Hooker Vision, and their own Tranquility Tapes. Ryan McGill and Franklin Teagle incorporate elements of classic kosmiche electronic music, filtered through a 21st century perspective, resulting in a gentle yet massive sound. Teagle curated the Tranquility Tapes Series at the Stone in New York City in February 2013, and his label has released a ton of amazing music in the past few years.

Mike Chau's Bedroom has released 3 tapes for Tranquility Tapes. His patient, drifting style of synth work is equal parts beauty and dread.

Fossils from the Sun is Albany's Ray Hare, who also plays in Century Plants and Burnt Hills. He's released material on such fine labels as Digitalis, Tape Drift, and House of Alchemy. Urkas are the duo of Brooklyn's Russ Alderson (Xanthocephalus) and Albany's Mike Griffin (Parashi, Burnt Hills). They'll collaborate using synth, bass, tapes, voices, and metal objects.