Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Come join us as we celebrate what has been a 9-year collaboration and partnership between the ALBANY SONIC ARTS COLLECTIVE and the UPSTATE ARTISTS GUILD!

For this gala fundraising celebration event, we will be presenting live music, spoken word/poetry, and special video projections from former ASAC members.  It's bound to be a great night, and though we will be sad to say goodbye to our home space on Lark Street, rest assured ASAC will continue!

The UAG will also continue, though not in the current Lark Street space.  All of the proceeds from this final celebration event will go to the UAG as a thank you for the support they have given to ASAC over the years.  These funds will help UAG continue as they search for a new gallery space in Albany.

Please consider coming out on Saturday - either to enjoy the music, hear some poetry, or to donate some much needed funds to the Upstate Artists Guild.  Every dollar is appreciated!!  And if you can't make it, you can still donate - let us know and we will help make sure your donation gets to the UAG.

Here are the details on the show.  Please note the early start time!  You will not want to miss any of this - music will start promptly and will include lots of surprises and magical moments.

Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents...

A Farewell to the UAG
A Celebration of 9 Years between ASAC and UAG!!!
A Fundraiser for the UAG

Saturday Oct. 22, 2016
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY


Live Music From:
Century Plants
Luciernaga (Brooklyn)
Matt Weston
Bone and Joint Center (RARE LIVE APPEARANCE!!)
Urkas (Brooklyn)
Shumoto and the Byrde (Jefferson Pitcher and Austin Hatch)
CJ Champagne
Blacklight Lighthouse
Chris Bassett

Special Video Performances by:
Holland Hopson (Alabama)
Mike Bullock (NJ)
Linda Aubry Bullock (NJ)

Poetry Readings by:
Daniel Nester
Michael Peters 

5:30 PM - ?

Friday, October 14, 2016


Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents:


Saturday Oct. 15 @ 8PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St. 
Albany, NY

Public Speaking is the music of Brooklyn composer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Anthony Harris. Working with voice, electronics, piano, guitar, and percussion, he crafts meticulous experimental music that focuses on rhythm and texture. Harris balances adventurous methods with an intimate compositional aesthetic.
Since 2012, Public Speaking has toured the U.S. performing music for voice, synth, found objects, radio and guitar pedals. 2013 brought his debut LP on Fabrica Records, “Blanton Ravine.” Harris has released albums that conflate vocal songs with abstract noise and polyrhythmic process pieces, and a collection of ambient recordings “Line & Weight” on Already Dead Records. Along with dancer Kendra Isobel Samson, he performed the collaborative piece “Pounds” for live music and movement at New York’s historic Judson Church in 2013. A cassette of the instrumental ambient-noise release “MOUNTAINMURALS” was released in June ‘15 on Tape Drift Records. This September, Floordoor Records will release Public Speaking’s latest LP “Caress, Redact.”


$5.00 suggested donation

Monday, June 20, 2016

INSECT FACTORY + DYR FASER (Thalia Zedk/Eric Boomhower)!


Thursday June 23 @ 8:00 PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY

$5 suggested donation

DYR FASER: Eric Boomhower & indie rock legend Thalia Zedek (Live Skull, Come, Thalia Zedek Band) - Dark, winding, and krauty. Electronic, phased-out beats wind and pulsate underneath gorgeous guitar and synth lines. (

INSECT FACTORY is music from Washington DC area musician Jeff Barsky. Insect Factory focuses on texture and mood, building layers of dense sounds that slowly evolve into hypnotic and atmospheric drones.
Since the 90's, Barsky has played in bands and improvisational collectives, and he has performed all over the U.S., in Canada, throughout Europe, and Japan. He has shared the stage with the likes of Nels Cline, Lungfish, and Carla Bozulich. He has also performed at the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival in Montreal, Terrastock 7 in Louisville, KY, and D.C.’s Sonic Circuits,
Queering Sound, and Fringe Festivals.
Among notable releases, Insect Factory released a split 7" with RST (New Zealand) and the Melodies from a Dead Radio LP (Fabrica/Insectfields) in early 2012, both which received
critical acclaim. Insect Factory has released many short run cassettes and CDs (available digitally) and has a new LP scheduled for release in August, 2016.
Some of Barsky’s current projects include the Arlington based post-punk-improv band Plums, Kohoutek (Philadelphia based psych-improv), and Sunset to the Sea, a duo with guitarist Chris
“Barsky sculpts a beautiful aural “rainbow in curved air” that reminds me of some of the finest minimalists and static drone-drifters” - Terrascope

“…densely layered loops, planes of static standing tall like a gigantic backscratcher of audio, improvised melodies clamoring over drones like they’re peaks in a mountain range… It’s lovely, monolithic, moving, fluid and entirely lovely.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

“Music that evokes the feel of a plane ride through the clouds and the surreal world of dreams…Insect Factory's music grows with repeated listens.” - The Wire

“…woozy and warbly, wheezing melodies, layered textures, softly distorted and dreamily chaotic.” – Aquarius Records

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tinkle/Motl + 1983 + Ffrthsun!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents:




Upstate Artists Guild

247 Lark St.
Albany, NY
Saturday, May 21 8:00pm
$5 suggested donation

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bonnie Kane + Dei Xhrist + More TBA!!!

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is very proud to present 2 Soloists In A Car From MA/NH




$5 Suggested Donation for the touring musicians

(Holyoke, MA)

Dedicated improvisor and electro acoustic pioneer, Bonnie Kane's music lives equally in the avant-garde, hard core and psychedelic arenas. Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics, her work travels through genres of noise, free jazz and improv, psych rock, jam band, and bio-composition, manipulating sound into magic.

(Manchester, NH)

Dei Xhrist is a mulitdisciplinary artist working with sound, performance, and sculpture. She began performing music in 2006, spinning loops and lock grooves on multiple record players. Voice was initially added as a background element, supporting Theremin and less conventional sound sources to create audio cutups and soundscapes. Xhrist’s voice, now her dominating instrument, has been favorably compared to Diamanda Galas. She uses glossolalia, concrete poetry, American primitive, and belle voce with a graceful stage presence that has been known to morph in to a physical assault past the fourth wall.

plus others TBA

Friday, March 18, 2016



Saturday March 26th
@ 8:00 PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street (Albany)

Kurdi/Margolis/Wright: [Chicago IL, Chester NY, Lowell MA]
Muyassar Kurdi - voice, electronics, movement
Al Margolis - clarinet, violin, objects, contact mics
Walter Wright - drums, electronics


Matt Weston - solo percussion + electronics

$5 suggested donation for the touring musicians.

Muyassar Kurdi (voice), Al Margolis (tapes & electronics) and Walter Wright (circuit bending and video synthesis) 

“Chicago resident Muyassar Kurdi is the final act, delivering a Dadaistic performance that falls between musical absurdity and autistic choreography. Completely concentrated upon her bizarre ritual, the singer – dressed in black – emits tortured vocalisations and cries worthy of Yoko Ono in full flight, all of it juggling with electronic effects and white noise. It’s incredibly in-your-face and perturbing but makes you smile too: the sheer pleasure of making a racket…”

~ Mulhouse in L’Alsace (France)
Kurdi is a musician, performance artist, dancer, filmmaker and educator from Chicago, Illinois.
In performance, she explores the relationship between abstract sound and meta-primordial movement, obliquely confronting ideas of masculine subjugation by re-appropriating and then distorting hegemonically, sexualised, figurative motion and juxtaposing it with random, abrasive and jarring acoustic and electronic sound components along with wordless vocalisations.

AL MARGOLIS aka If, Bwana
A recent review of Margolis’s work says: “Let it be declared that Al Margolis/If, Bwana is some sort of evil genius working with raw materials which are never adapted to a genre or a context, because they create one in that very moment. Those sources are radically altered up to an utterly unrecognizable state, anarchic manifestations moving in compact determination.” (Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes).  Margolis has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music; was co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition.  He has recorded and/or performed with Pauline Oliveros, Ione, Joan Osborne, Monique BuzzartĂ©, Katherine Liberovskaya, Adam Bohman, Ellen Christi, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jane Scarpantoni, Ulrich Krieger, David First, and Dave Prescott, among others.

WALTER WRIGHT is an interdisciplinary artist, his practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on “improvisation as a way of being present in the world.” Wright was one of the first video animators. At Computer Image Corp he animated letters, words, and titles for Children’s Television Workshop. He was a video animator for Ed Emshwiller’s Thermogenesis and Scapemates, aired by WNET’s Artists Television Workshop. Scapemates was the first computer graphics video nominated for an Emmy Award (1971). He showed his work at the first computer art conference at the Kitchen (NYC, 1973). In 1973-76, as artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, he pioneered video performance touring public access centers, colleges, and galleries with the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer.
Wright has developed software and hardware for artists including the Video Shredder, a desktop video processor for the TARGA2K. Currently he works with Max/MSP, softVNS, and Processing. His programs and sketches are available on his blog –
Wright performs with several groups including Egregoros, ensemble indent and Tough Day Tubing. He plays a Bugbrand Board Weevil, a Flower Electronics Little Blue Boy, contact mics by Crank Sturgeon, drums and percussion. He recently toured with an amplified drum kit and is experimenting with Martin Freeman’s Horndog and Peter Blasser’s Shnth.  Wright is a co-founder of 119 Gallery, the first digital art gallery on the World Wide Web, located in Lowell MA.

MATT WESTON Matt Weston plays percussion and electronics, and has performed throughout the US and in Europe. He has appeared on CNN, VH1, and CBS TV.

He has studied and/or collaborated with Arthur Brooks, Bill Dixon, Kevin Drumm, Paul Flaherty, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Mary Halvorson, Le Quan Ninh, Bob Marsh, Ben Miller (ex-Destroy All Monsters), Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Jim O’Rourke, William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Jack Wright, and many others.

His work has earned critical praise from such publications as the Wire, the Village Voice, Signal To Noise, Cadence, All About Jazz, Grooves, and Bananafish. His solo works have garnered international acclaim, as have his recordings with Barn Owl, Tizzy, and Thrillpillow.

He has recorded for the Tautology, Sachimay, Breaking World Records, Imvated, Crank Satori, BoxMedia, and Drag City labels. He currently records for his own 7272Music label.

In addition to his solo work, Weston is currently a member of the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V; and Arc Pair with drummer Amanda Kraus.

Thursday, February 25, 2016



Come join us at the UAG on Tuesday March 1 for this great show!   

Tuesday March 1 at 8:00 PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street in Albany

MA Turner has been churning out the good stuff for years, first under the banner of Warmer Milks, alternating between spiky noise-rock and adventurous songwriting...stoked to have him and Katrina doin their thing in Albany.

Pigeons dropped one of 2015's choicest LPs--"the Bower", on MIE Records--and their blissful vibe is anchored by the shredding and singing of Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin. Elegant, restrained, and intelligent, Pigeons will be ably assisted by PG Six for this performance.

These Albany experimentalists and Burnt Hills bandmates have dropped 2 collab tapes in the past few years, on SicSic and Tape Drift. Their bleak, stark sounds blend together seamlessly. Elements of dub and music concrete resonate throughout their warm analog noise. This performance will be their first live action as a duo.

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.