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MentalDrift Presents Re-Make/Re-Model-an evening of Experimental and Improvised live music performances using traditional audio media devices in unique ways:
>Featuring a rare New England performance from the trio MISSIVE
>Rhode Island-based duo STAUBITZ and WATERHOUSE
>A live audio installation from Western, MA-based MARASCA
(with film projections from CHRIS HINKLE)
Doors open at 7:30, performances start at 8 pm ($15-$20)
MISSIVE is Alan F. Jones (Tracyton, WA), Jocelyn Beausire (Seattle, WA), and Zach Rowden (Middletown, CT) a music/multi-discipline project that emerged from mutual interests in the structural properties of spaces, their materials, and what may be learned of their associated acoustics through the deployment of sound. The idea that given spaces may have agency is shared among many in artistic and sociological fields, from archaeologists to architects to filmmakers. Performances are doubly ephemeral and seek to contribute to the historical merit of mundane and forgotten spaces, treating the transmission of sound in each performance as a crucial step toward the recognition of the agency of objects.
JOCELYN BEAUSIRE is a performance artist, musician, and spatial researcher who splits her time between Seattle, WA, and Princeton, NJ, where she is pursuing her Masters of Architecture.
ALAN F. JONES is a Dallas-born, Washington-based musician, composer, and sound designer. Current and past projects include ‘what’, Telescoping, Steerage, MANKINDA, and Buck Young. Jones manages and operates Laminal Audio, a mastering and sound design studio located in Tracyton WA, in the West Puget Sound. His most recent film is the acclaimed What Is Man and What Is Guitar?: Keith Rowe.
ZACH ROWDEN is a musician based in Middletown, Connecticut. His work is focused in the areas of drone, repetitive structures and noise. Collaborators and projects include – Tongue Depressor (with Henry Birdsey), Hyperion Ensemble under the direction of Iancu Dumitrescu, Red Yellow Blue Green Black (with Austin Larkin), Leila Bordreuil, Aki Onda, Arien Wilkerson, and Paul Flaherty.
STAUBITZ and WATERHOUSE is the Rhode Island-based duo of improviser Mary Staubitz and composer Russ Waterhouse. Their mutual interests in stealth field recording, post-minimalism, and tragicomedy manifest in works that collapse boundaries between high and low culture. As a performing unit they use found objects, steel turntable, synthesizer, and field recordings to generate tension, bewilderment, and belly laughs. Staubitz and Waterhouse’s new LP Out and About (Gertrude Tapes) has received positive reviews from Bandcamp Daily, Blastitude, Dusted Magazine, and Yellow Green Red, and heavy airplay on WFMU, KFJC, and Framework Radio. Recently, Staubitz and Waterhouse performed at Non-Event’s Waterworks 2023 – A Festival of Experimental Sound at Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston. Separately, they have performed at festivals and venues such as Lincoln Center, High Zero, Cropped Out, and Bach to the Future, and have released music on labels like Twisted Village, Drag City, RRR, Sub Pop, Open Mouth, and Qbico.
MARASCA is the Western, MA based duo of Liz Tonne and Rob Forman. Formed in 2017 while living in Dallas, their project traditionally explores the interplay of Tonne’s voice and acoustic sound sources with Forman’s carefully curated vinyl selections using an array of portable vari-speed record players and synth. Their intent is to uncover hidden sonic textures and “spaces” in the performance. For this event they will be implementing a meditative sonic installation to begin the evening. Tonne has been a vocal improvisor for over twenty years in both solo and collaborative settings with projects too numerous too list. Forman founded Sedimental records in 1993 and also performs and DJ’s as MentalDrift among other activities.
CHRIS HINKLE grew up in a family of classical musicians but always gravitated towards synthesizers and effects pedals. Enchanted by the dreamy aesthetics of 16mm educational films, he has lately been experimenting with digital film loops to accompany musical performances using custom software he develops.