4/23/14 C.C. Hennix appeared with her Berlin-based just intonation ensemble Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage at Issue Project Room as part of Ultima Festival New York. Blues Alif Lam Mim in the mode of Rag Infinity/Rag Cosmosis (1434 A.H.), intended to reveal the blues’ origins in the eastern musical traditions of raga and maqam musics. The piece began with a tamboura enveloping the room from front and rear, which continued unaccompanied for 45 minutes. A gentleman emerged and started ululating in the classical indian style, while another gentleman captured his voice in a delay. Slowly five horn players emerged and sat in their seats - tuba, trombone, french horn and two trumpets. They sat meditatively cradling their instruments, and one of the trumpet players fell fast asleep. A full hour and ten minutes after the beginning of the music, the tuba player joined in with a low drone, eventually joined by the trombone. The trumpet player finally woke up, looked around alarmed, had a sip of water and started playing his instrument. The brass chord built in intensity, echoing the many overtones in the tamboura which was slowly being drowned out. The sound was glorious. Ninety minutes in I had to leave to give a reading for the WS Burroughs marathon at St Marks Church. Maybe I will catch the conclusion next year.
On April 23 2014, JG Thirlwell will take part in William S.Burroughs reading marathon presented by The Poetry Project as part of WSB100, New York’s month-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Burroughs, the iconic writer of Naked Lunch, Queer, Junky, and many other experimental works of great American literature. The event will take place at the sanctuary of St Marks Church in New York City beginning at 8.30pm. JG will read with interpretive guitar accompaniment from Sam Mickens. Also on the bill are Anne Waldman, Bob Holman, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Matt Mottel & Kevin Shea, James Ilgenfritz, Jack Womack & Elliot Sharp, Iron Dog, Nick Zedd, Penny Arcade, Shelley Hirsch, Simon Pettet, Steve Dalachinsky and many others. Admission is $8.00.
4/18/14 Jim Campbell's beautiful and evocative Rhythms Of Perception show at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens used pixels, digital images, light, monitors to create haunting works inserting the viewer into the image, using walking figures reminiscent of Michal Rovner, invoking memories of his family and other shadowed thoughts.