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Matt Weston (Albany) w/ Shook/Byrnes, yek koo, Casa Berenice
August 17 8:00 pm| $10
Doors at 8, Music begins at 8:30
$10 (advance tickets available here)
Human Resources is pleased to welcome MATT WESTON (percussion/electronics) from Albany, NY.
Matt will be joined by WILSON SHOOK (saxophones) and TED BYRNES (percussion) for a combined set of solo, duo, and trio improvisation.
YEK KOO (Helga Fassonaki) and CASA BERENICE TRIO (Heather Lockie, Clay Chaplin, Sepand Shahab) will help integrate the evening.
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MATT WESTON (Albany, NY)
Matt Weston plays percussion and electronics, and has performed throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.
He has collaborated with Arthur Brooks, Bill Callahan/Smog, Bill Dixon, Kevin Drumm, Paul Flaherty, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Mary Halvorson, Le Quan Ninh, Ben Miller (ex-Destroy All Monsters), Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Jim O’Rourke, Jeff Parker, and many others.
He uses a tympani instead of a snare drum.
In addition to his solo work, Weston is currently a member of the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V; and Arc Pair with drummer Amanda Kraus.
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WILSON SHOOK (L.A)
Wilson Shook makes music like a moth fluttering at a street light. Graceful, frantic, persistent and sometimes tragic, it is music absorbed of its own inscrutable purpose. It finds serenity in immediacy, escape in acts of radical presence. It is here, and then it is not.
A self-taught improvising saxophonist, Wilson often performs as a soloist, with sustained collaborations including Greg Kelley (nmperign), Dave Abramson (Diminished Men, Master Musicians of Bukkake), Andrew Scott Young (Tiger Hatchery), Ben Bennett, A. Vitacolonna (Widow), Ryan Jewell, Jacob Wick, Carol Genetti, Gust Burns, Patrick Neill Gundran (Uneasy Chairs). Sporadic collaborations have included many other creative voices in contemporary weirdness. For 10 years Wilson helped to organize the performance space Gallery 1412 in Seattle. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2017.
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TED BYRNES (LA)
Ted Byrnes is a drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles. An alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he comes from a jazz background and has since made his home in the worlds of free improvisation, new music, electro-acoustic music, and noise.
Ted primarily works in ad hoc improvisational settings, but has standing improvisational groups including: a group with John Wiese, a duo with Jeff Parker, a duo with Chris Cooper (AQH), a duo with Charlie Mumma, a duo with Sam McKinlay, a duo with William Hutson, a trio with Jacob Wick and Michael Foster, among others. Additionally, Ted has played in duo/trio/or ensemble settings with: Mazen Kerbaj, Matt Weston, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Charlemagne Palestine, Alfred 23 Harth, Arrington de Dionyso, Jaap Blonk, Torsten Muller, Kim Myhr, Jim Denley, Lloyd Honeybrook, Chris Schlarb, Mike Watt, Paul Masvidal, the LAFMS (including Smegma, Airway, Ace Farren Ford’s Artificial Art Ensemble, Rick and Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen, Tom Recchion, Vetza, etc), Sissy Spacek (the band), Maher Shalal Hash Baz, and more.
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YEK KOO (LA)
yek koo is the solo project of Los Angeles artist, composer, and performer Helga Fassonaki. yek koo transverses the visual and poetic, through the exploration of space, body, voice, and movement. She can shake up a sound field with dissonance or fill it with cyclical sufi-poetic tones that subtly color her vocal palette. With yek koo, Fassonaki explores the body as a vehicle for the movement of sound, utilizing it as a filtering system that pushes sound through the responsive chambers of matter, air, and environment, creating experiences that can be both emotively charged and spatially transformative.
Aside from her expressive free-form guitar, pocket trumpet, and vocal wailings in duo project Metal Rouge (with Andrew Scott), Fassonaki is known to resound trails of invisible effects and echoes through cassette players and prepared tap shoes, some of which can be heard on Head, released on Drawing Room Records in 2017. Bridging her sound and ecological interests, Fassonaki is currently experimenting with binaural recordings of circular vocal chanting in various natural and geological sites and one-tone compositions in restricted spaces.
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CASA BERENICE TRIO (LA)
Casa Berenice Trio (Heather Lockie, Clay Chaplin, and Sepand Shahab) make ambient electro-acoustic improvisation. They scratch violas through electronics, stretch field recordings, tweak noisy oscillators, and have been known to weave a folk song into a patient, ambient mesh.