soundBarn & Albany Sonic Arts Collective: Benjamin Britten is Dead

soundBarn & Albany Sonic Arts Collective:   Benjamin Britten is Dead

Saturday December 4th.   8 pm
The soundBarn, Valatie, NY.  FREE

The soundBarn is pleased to present “Benjamin Britten is Dead,” an evening of long form improvisations that unite members of sonic experimentalists Albany Sonic Arts Collective  and soundBarn on the anniversary of English composer Benjamin Britten’s death.

The sound explorations of both Albany Sonic Arts Collective (ASAC) and soundBarn delve deep into the realms of noise, drone, minimalism and free-improvisation.  Employing instrumentation ranging from heavily processed and prepared guitar to 21st century banjo, members of ASAC and soundBarn construct ad-hoc compositions that span the space from spare, minimal soundscapes to full-on noise with ever-shifting rhythms, pace and moods.

Albany Sonic Arts Collective and soundBarn have most recently collaborated on a full-length performance of Rhys Chatham’s famed “Guitar Trio” with performances at Flywheel in Easthampton, Ma. and Saratoga Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Performers include:   Eric Hardiman (ASAC, Rambutan, Century Plants, Burnt Hills,) Ray Hare (ASAC, Century Plants, Fossils From the Sun, Burnt Hills,) Thomas Lail (soundBarn), Patrick Weklar(soundBarn), and Metroland Magazine’s “Best Retro-Futurist” of 2010, Holland Hopson (ASAC)   and others…   Accompanying visuals by Tara Fracalossi.

soundBarn is the experimental music duet of Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar.   The soundBarn is a project of artist/musician Thomas Lail and artist/gallerist Tara Fracalossi and is located on what was once Heald Orchards in Valatie, New York.     
Albany Sonic Arts Collective is a grassroots organization located in and around Albany, NY dedicated to building a thriving community of listeners and performers of music that exists outside of traditional boundaries with a special emphasis on forms that stress freedom and exploration of new ideas. 
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The soundBarn
330 Maple Lane
Valatie NY 12184
south driveway