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 Buzzarté, 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.

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.