Sunday, January 24, 2016

Noise Nomads!! Matt Weston!! Grab Ass Cowboys!!

Join us on TUESDAY JANUARY 26 for this amazing show!!

Presented by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective
at the Upstate Artists' Guild

247 Lark Street
Albany, NY
8 PM start

$5 donation for touring folk.

Noise Nomads
western MA noise ripper, visceral and cathartic. Past LPs have been issued by Ultra Eczema and Feeding Tube Records, and cassette releases by Arbor and Gods of Tundra.

Matt Weston
electronics and percussion, adeptly wielded and skillfully conceived. Recent releases for Matt have been on Tape Drift Records and Factotum Tapes.

Grab Ass Cowboys
manipulated feedback, objects, and stories--soaked in beer and cigarettes and roasted until ready.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Trio Bajadephia + Blacklight Lighthouse + Mensheviks!!

Come join us on Wednesday evening January 20th at 8PM as TRIO BAJADELPHIA kicks off the 2016 season of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective!  Also performing will be local faves Blacklight Lighthouse and Mensheviks!



Ivan Trujillo (Ensenada, Baja, MX)
Edwin Montes (Guitar)
Flandrew Fleisenberg (Philadelphia)

Mexican avant-guard musicians Ivan Trujillo (Trumpet and electronics) and Edwin Montes (Guitar) travel to the United States to team up with Flandrew Fleisenberg (Percussion) in a Free Improv tour of the US Northeast. With a wide range of influences including folk and traditional forms, classical and jazz music, and sound art the trio will explore the endless possibilities of sound in improvisatory performance.

Ivan Trujillo (Trumpet/ Electronics)
Born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. He is known as one of the most versatile musicians in the region, playing in orchestras and bands ranging from formal concert music, jazz, to electronica and free form improvisation. He participates as a guest musician in Nortec Collective Bostitch+Fussible, Ensenada Jazz, B Side Players, Ensenada’s Camera Orchestra and others.
He founded and currently directs a yearly Improvisation Week and a Jazz Week hosted in La Covacha, an independent art space where he is one of the three directing partners. He created Tacet Synchros, a collective dedicated to sound art, improvisation and live visuals. He also created and directs La Covacha Big Band, LC eTrois.

Edwin Montes (Guitar)
Edwin Montes is an award winning musician from Baja, MX. He has performed across North America and Europe and has a passion for jazz, world music and free improvisation. Beginning his passion. Edwin has studied and performed with such notable musicians as Zoran Dukic, David Russel, Denis Azabajic, Rolan Dyens, Pavel Steidl, Thomas Muller, Jason Vieaux, Juan Carlos Laguna, David Tanenbaum Tal Hurwitz, Costas Cotsiolis, Aleksandr Tsiboulski, Víctor Pellegrini, Martin Madrigan, Simone Ianarelli, Roberto Limon, Oscar Stagnaro, Freddie Bryant and Wilfrido Terrazas.

Flandrew Fleisenberg (Percussion)
Philadelphia based Flandrew Fleisenberg plays percussion on an ever changing assortment of ephemera and modified drum parts coaxing texture and tone both familiar and bizarre. Attentive to room resonance, ambience and collaborator, Fleisenberg playfully utilizes sound and presence to explore space, time, and relationships. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. Flandrew has been involved in the free improvisation sound and movement community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings, and in set projects in venues small and large across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HOLLAND HOPSON RETURNS!!! W/ Blacklight Lighthouse and D. Rice!

ASAC welcomes back HOLLAND HOPSON for a rare area performance!

Holland Hopson performs new and traditional Appalachian music for banjo.

Holland's music expands traditional Appalachian tunes and techniques with live, interactive electronics. Expect a mix of old-time folk music with contemporary electronic flourishes--Roots music for the 21st century.

Holland's latest CD, Post & Beam, was called "…a haunting, often mesmerizing album of old songs and new sounds" by Michael Eck of the Albany Times Union. Listen online at

Press and Reviews:

Holland was named "Best Retro-Futurist" in Metroland's Best of the Capital Region for 2010. "Hopson’s recent blending of traditional tunes (performed with vocals and banjo) and subtle electronics has turned him into one of the area’s most mesmerizing and memorable live performers. Catch him if you can, as his local shows tend to be few and far between."

"...vocalist-banjo player Holland Hopson magnificently melded old-
timey roots music with 21st century technology..."
--Greg Haymes, The Albany Times Union, 1 October 2009
"Hopson, in particular, is a must-see performer, a musical treasure hiding right under our noses."
--Mike Hotter, Metroland, 31 December 2009


Laura Frare, Elizabeth Karp

Carefully orchestrated or casually discovered visual patterns or scenes are edited to produce hypnotic imagery. The oculauditory result could be described as dramatic, comedial, abstract, and psychedelic.

We are a duo. We make music and videos. Loops and samples are layered using acoustic and electronic instrumentation to create sound-collage/noise-music.

plus D. RICE
D. Rice is a local area musician who combines traditional guitar playing techniques with more experimental strategies to achieve a compelling blend of old and new. We are excited to welcome D for his first ASAC appearance!

suggested donation $5.00

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


The ALBANY SONIC ARTS COLLECTIVE is proud to present a very SPECIAL HAPPY HOUR SHOW at 6:00 PM on July 20th, featuring the one and only W O L F      E Y E S !!!


Direct from Michigan, this is the first ever Albany appearance by the legendary WOLF EYES! Not to be missed. John Olson + Nate Young + Crazy Jim will bring the TRIP METAL (TM) to Albany. Blink and you'll miss it!

Also appearing will be local psych/punk rulers PRIVATE PARTS and psych/noise/improv jammers CENTURY PLANTS!




The Low Beat
335 Central Ave.
Albany, NY.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Yek Koo + Gabie Strong !!


YEK KOO (Helga Fassonaki)


FZFG (Chris Bassett solo project)

Wed. July 8th - 8PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.

$5 suggested donation for the traveling musicians.

See you there!!

Helga Fassonaki, a recent transplant to New York City, creates and curates sound and visual installations, group situations, films, and performances that utilize and question temporality, power structures, subcultures and the human body as a sculptor of sound in space.

Floating between worlds of sound and visual art, Fassonaki borrows from one to set up the rhythms and pulses that inform the other. Fassonaki collaborates with New Zealander Andrew Scott in the free-psych duo Metal Rouge. Their Three for Malachi Ritcher album was included in the Public Collector’s exhibit in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and Experimental Sound Studio’s Audible gallery in Chicago. She also heads her own brand of noise in her solo project yek koo, exploring the body as a vehicle for the movement of sound. She is co-founder and director of Emerald Cocoon, a record label founded in 2008 devoted to releasing music from the ‘empty quarter’ – an area where the aesthetics of punk meet the philosophies of free jazz. In 2012, she began a series of staged hagiographies called Touching Them, Touching Me. In the first one, A Love Song for the Dead C, Fassonaki (re)created a post-punk era New Zealand bar at Human Resources gallery in Los Angeles. Uniting artists and musicians, the exhibition culminated in a 3-day performance series, Trapdoor Fucking Exit. Her Radio Concept Tour (2014-present) explores the relationship between body, microphone and air movement transmitted through radio waves. Her recent project Khal investigates the idea of a ‘living score’ by initiating a passage of visual scores, actions, and conversations between participating artists and the public. Iterations of it will be featured as a traveling exhibition in the US and NZ in 2015 at Glasshouse (Brooklyn, NY), LACA (Los Angeles, CA), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Audio Foundation Gallery (Auckland, NZ), and Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (Auckland, NZ) and other spaces TBA.

Gabie Strong is a California based artist and designer exploring spaces of degeneration, drone and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. To explore the arena between exteriority and interiority, she uses sound performance, radio broadcasting, sculpture, photography and video as a mediums for experimentation. In looking for the differential, Strong invokes noise to summon the invisible.

Strong is currently exploring themes of spatial decay through her KCHUNG Radio program Crystalline Morphologies. Crystalline Morphologies is a platform for broadcasting experimental music, noise, sound art and field recordings. The project title conceptually links minimalism and materiality to ambient sound and noise. Strong produces live, collaborative sound performances as "Crystalline Morphologies," inviting experimental sound and visual artists

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.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

GANGLION! on Monday 5/11/15

Please join us for a great night of music, at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany!
Monday May 11th at 8PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
$5 suggested donation

Ben Miller - guitars, electronics
Matt Weston - percussion + electronics

ROBIN RHODES - solo bass

Burnt Hills drummer brings electronic mysteries!