8.31.2011 Germany, New Track, Supernatural Opera, DUMBO Arts Fest

– The SK Orchestra and PAS at
„KunstZwerg“ Art Festival
September 2nd to 4th 2011 in Zweibrücken/Germany

SKO’s International Debut!

– PAS at Electro-musicfest at Huguenot
“The woodstock of electronic music”
Sept 11th 5pm in the theater
click here for directions/ details

– One of my tracks is on the compilation Classwar Karaoke Survey 015!

– ALIEN SUNS/ A Supernatural Opera by Rachel Mason and Little Band of Sailors
I’m playing theremin!
September 15th, 9pm at Dixon Place, NYC
$10
The FB Event

Click Here for tix and details

I have a booth at Bartertown, by The Heather Hart Experience
at the DUMBO Arts Festival!

September 24th and 25th (Saturday and Sunday)
Click here for directions/details
My booth is called “Bananas for receipts” – I’ll be trading bananas in exchange for receipts.
Bring your receipts and other stuff for trade!

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7.29.11 Experi-MENTAL fest, SKO on label, SKO/PAS in Germany

I’m very excited to be participating in….

The Experi-MENTAL festival III
Fri-Sunday, August 5th-7th
Presented by PAS and Alrealon Music
Curated by PAS and Valerie Kuehne
Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Brooklyn
SK Orchestra’s set is Saturday 8pm
But I will sitting in with Invisible Hand on Friday at 10pm
and Valerie Kuehne and Chris Haack on Sunday

 

-The SK Orchestra’s first international performance at „KunstZwerg“ Art Festival, and another set by PAS
is taking place September 2nd to 4th 2011 in Zweibrücken/Germany. Big thanks to our dear friends Brandstifter and Tanja, and of course my amigo and bandmate, Mr. SK100,  Robert L. Pepper, without whom I wouldn’t be doing any of this.

and….

A small label in Frankfurt, sicsictapes, is distributing a two sided SKO tape to the world-wide experimental scene!

6.26.11 SK Orchestra at ABC No Rio, PAS in Boston, Experi-MENTAL fest

You get more of what you focus on. Why? Because a thought is a physical thing, an electric whiz-bomb, and like all physical things it has a frequency.  And when you play a C on a stringed instrument around other strings tuned to C, all of the other C’s start ringing sympathetically (as well as other notes in its overtone series, but I don’t think I should get into that here ;).  And when you think a thought, other thoughts on the same frequency start ringing. And now I’m resonating on the level of a fresh avocado, and now on the level of some cafe con leche with cinnamon dust on top.  And to me, those are some frequencies that are worth resonating. 

 

And now….

1 – The SK Orchestra is back!

Sunday July 10th at

ABC No Rio COMA SERIES

Show starts at 7pm

w/ special guest Bob seibert

2 – PAS goes to New England

119 Gallery Boston, MA

Saturday July 9th

7:30pm

3 – Anne(my girlfriend)’s NYC debut solo show

Field Studies

at A.I.R. gallery

On display until July 17th

click above for details

4 – The Experi-MENTAL festival III

Fri-Sunday, August 5th-7th

Presented by PAS and Alrealon Music

Curated by PAS and Valerie Kuehne

SK Orchestra’s set at Saturday 8pm Saturday

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4.20.11 Trios at Goodbye Blue Monday, New collaborations, Preparing for next year’s OSF

Now that the PAS tour is over there is more space, but also more time to  work.  On April 30th I’ll be at Blue Monday playing with Lawry Romani from Zilmrah and Chris Haack .  It’s curated by Robert Pepper of PAS and will include Amber Brien, Bob Seibert, Valerie Kuehne and more.

I’m very excited about recent and upcoming collaborations with folks like Jim Tuite, Richard Lainhart, Philip White, and Anthony Donovan of the Vultures (who also does the Classwar Kareoke Survey).  I am so excited, that I’m going to make you wait on some of the details.    But I will tell you about a remix that I did of Richard Lainhart’s “Cranes Fly West” that will be coming out on his next release on Ex Ovo.  Jim Tuite made a video to go along with the remix, that you can view at Certain Circuits.

3.16.11 Tour / New Blog / CD / International acts in NJ

 

PAS Berlin 2010

 

European Tour, 20 days, 5 countries

PAS is touring Europe and playing a shows and a few festivals in Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, and Germany.  We’re very excited about returning to CocArt Festival this year where we’ll play on the same bill as Philippe Petit, Hati, and many more.  You can read all about it on my…..

Blog
Ok, I’m clearly not a celebrity with a drug habit and scores of teeny boppers banging down the door of my tour bus.  But, still, it’s pretty neat to be playing festivals and shows in other countries.  If you’re curious and/or bored, you can read about my experiences on my blog here.

April 8th Show at Alfa Gallery in New Brunswick w/ International Acts
108 Church Street New Brunswick, NJ
Time : 7pm
Cost: $6
All Ages
Richard Lainhart/ PHASTI (Poland/Brooklyn) / Yan Jun (china) / blithe(doll)

Hati is coming in from Poland to perform with PAS.  Short story: We traveled to Poland last year to play Hati’s festival but it had been canceled due to the plane crash that happened around that time.  We still met with them, and the museum there sponsored a recording session involving PAS and Hati.  Now Hati is coming to the states and we will play on April 8th as P.H.A.S.T.I.  (The CD is available on the net label, Alrealon, by the way)  Would be great if you could make it!  Also Yan Jun is on tour from China, and will be on the bill, as well as Richard Lainhart and blithe(doll).  Should be a neat time and good networking opportunity.

1.5.11 PAS Alrealon Release; Three week tour of Europe with PAS; Omega fundraiser successful

It’s been a busy holiday season! I hope you had a blessed one. Here are a few of my latest comings and goings.

This spring, I’ll be going on a 3 week tour of Europe with PAS, hitting spots like the CocArt festival hosted by HATI, Knot Gallery in Athens, Greece, the experimontag (that is the correct spelling) at Madame Claude in Berlin, a few shows in Lithuania with Agharta Label and Booking, and more. I’m applying for a grant from the US Embassy in Lithuania to help pay for all of this, so keep your fingers crossed!

Also, the new PAS Alrealon release, “Reconstruction” is out! Mixed by Robert L. Pepper, and featuring Dave Tamura, FluiD, LaptopAcidXperience, Black Saturn, John 3:16, Big Brother on Acid, and Zilmrah.

We met our funding goal for the Omega Sound Fix, and we’re excited to repeat and expand the festival next year. Thanks to all of our lovely backers who helped us meet our goal! Including, in no particular order: Alfa Art Gallery, Patrick Durek, Lisa Woodley, Steve Bumgarner, Liz Migliore, Dennis Strong, Shawn Fafarra, Dan Century, Jesse Fairbairn, Jim Tuite, Anne Percoco, Justin Zaremba, Prita Patel, Buddy Schrieber, Henry Prol, Jay Van Dyke, Matt Prol, Bern and the Brights, Val Henderson, Leigh and Neil Selden, Michiko Mull, Brian Bolanowski, Megan Gibbons, Brendan Doohan, Polly Moller, Matt McMickle, Community Sound, Scott Vizioli, Nadia Awais, Liz Migliore, Charles Hardy, and Joe Dingerdissen

11.15.10 Omega Sound Fix – an experimental music festival

Sonic Architecture Unveiled by Electronic Composers and Human-Robot Band at Underground Music Venue
Electronic Music Festival resonates in New Brunswick art gallery

Over twenty innovative international and local musicians will perform at the bleeding edge of sound on Nov. 20 & 21 at Omega Sound Fix. Headlining performers have performed with the likes of John Cage, David Tudor, Steve Reich, Lydia Lunch, Faust, and Throbbing Gristle and are exploring new territory this fall.

Richard Lainhart is an award-winning composer, author, and filmmaker renowned for his individual work and collaborations with John Cage, David Tudor, and Steve Reich. His compositions have been performed worldwide with his earliest sonic forays predating Brian Eno’s ventures into ambience.

Philippe Petit of Marseilles, France is an innovative composer, who considers himself a “musical travel agent,” and assembles “sound-images” with turn tables and digital wizardry. He has performed across Europe and the Americas with Lydia Lunch, Faust, and Throbbing Gristle.

Octant, a one-man and multi-robot band, will plumb the depths of cybernetic accompaniment on Sunday, Nov. 21. Mathew Steinke serves as the band’s Gepetto and sole human member. “I would go out of my way to see an Octant show…” writes CMJ magazine.

Tickets are $6 for one day, $10 for a two-day pass. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

About Omega Sound Fix:
Local musicians, Mike Durek and Mark Weinberg, spawned the idea of an innovative and eclectic music festival during a mini-golf match last summer. Durek and Weinberg expressed frustration with the lack of a new music scene in New Brunswick and sought to fill the void with innovative sounds and talented performers. Click here for more info.

List of Performers:

Day 1: Saturday 11.20.10 @ 6:30pm
Brendan Byrne
Zilmrah
Richard Lainhart
Philippe Petit
PAS
Pots and Powercells

Day 2: Sunday 11.21.10 @ 4:30 pm
Blithe (doll)
Borne
Octant
Ezekiel Honig
Trinitron
Amar Chaudhary (Catsynth)

9.29.10 Art In Odd Places, Experimontage II, Omega Festival

This weekend I’m honored to be participating in the Art In Odd Places Festival, along 14th street in NYC supporting Santo Talone. Our group, the Santones, will be playing news theme songs while they are being aired in various parts of the world. The opening is this Friday (10/1) at Theaterlab, from 7pm to 8pm. Also we’ll be at Union Square on Saturday and Sunday from 4:45-6:45 (I may not be there Sunday but check out the guys if you’re around). Come hang out, since we’ll be doing a lot of that in between our 13 second, power-packed news songs. There will be lots of other events happening as well. Check AiOP for details.

October 20th is the next Experimontage at The Court Tavern! We will feature Richard Lainhart, among others. Here’s what The Wire had to say about Richard’s recent collaboration with thereminist Thomas Zunk in Schiphorst, Germany. “There’s a wispy delicacy to the music that feels like the audience is holding its breath en masse. In the near-silence, with the windows thrown wide open to the fragrant wild-grass scents of the afternoon, birdsong and insect hum mingling with the theremin’s temultuous swoon, it’s possible to close one’s eyes and image that this festival is a kind of heaven.” [Daniel Spicer]

November 20th and 21st will be a huge two day festival at Alfa Art Gallery, tentatively called the Omega. It will feature Philippe Petit from France, Richard Lainhart, PAS, Trinitron, Borne, Brendan Byrne, Octant, art and video works and much more. Mark your calenders.

7.28.10 The Experi-MENTAL Festival II

Experi-MENTAL Festival II

 

Thanks to everybody who came out to the tank show last night, we had a blast!

The 2nd annual Experi-MENTAL Festival is coming up on August 7th and 8th.  It’s free and it’s full of fresh music and theatre.  Cloud Cloud will play on the 7th and PAS on the 8th.  It’s can’t miss for lovers of the fringe…