October 29th-Welcome to Mayhem
Hosted by Theater Grottesco STORM Survivors
Performers listed in order of appearance. All shows 7pm-1am
MESA RITUAL is the musical duo of Raven Chacon and William Fowler Collins. Their musical output includes low frequency electronics, layered field recordings played at a whisper and towering, multicolored walls of sound.
With stripped down instrumentation, including only guitar, bass, kick drum and vocals, Awkward Stitch creates a surprisingly full sound while demanding an intimate setting and attentive listeners. Luke Carr and Peter Duggan have been collaborating as a duo for almost two years, sometimes inviting a drummer into the mix, but often times not. Awkward Stitch presents compositions that invite you into a specific world and manages to keep you there through out all of it’s twists and turns.
Building on his genre-busting animated/stop motion video opera Video Musics (2009 Sickroom(US) / Africantape(EU)), Alexis Gideon, after two years of dogged research and collaboration, is set to premiere that work’s follow-up, Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong (Disjecta in Portland, September 3).
A one-hour multimedia video opera based on the 16th-century Chinese novel The Journey to the West, Video Musics II joins the brightest lights of contemporary animation (Becca Taylor (Punk Planet, Arthur); Cynthia Star (Coraline, Moral Orel, Robot Chicken); Ezra Claytan Daniels (The Changers and Black Violet)) with the most promising talents of contemporary music (Rachel Blumberg (M Ward, Arch Cape); Cory Gray (Norfolk & Western, Carcrashlander); Shelley Short (Hush)) to create an aural and visual universe that gleefully transcends both media. Is it film or music, high art or pop? Gideon’s work would fit snugly at either the Whitney Biennial or SXSW, which is to say it cannot be contained, really, by either venue. Marked throughout by the ambition, commitment to detail, and refusal to settle that have earned Gideon a cult following on both sides of the pond.
Alexis Gideon has toured nationally with Dan Deacon and Shelley Short as well as played with Barr, Marnie Stern, Panther, Tune Yards Parts and Labor, Zs, People, Matt and Kim, and many, many others.
The limited edition DVD/Vinyl release is slated for fall/winter 2010 on Africantape (EU) / Slowtrain (US).
Written and Directed by: Alexis Gideon
Animation, Character Design, and Set Design by:
Ezra Claytan Daniels
Music Composed, Performed and Produced by: Alexis Gideon
Rachel Blumberg: Drums
Matt Meyer: Drums
Brian Wright: Drums
Cory Gray: Trumpet
Jessica Wright: Bari and Tenor Sax
Shelley Short: Backup Vocals
FUNKBYTE combines the implacable and relentless digital machine consciousness with the earthiness of long-time players who are steeped in the free/funk/fusion of the last 40 years. The extra element of the unpredictable is added on the night of the performance when FUNKBYTE coalesces with BIRTH bass player Jeremy Bleich .
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