Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Griffen Theatre, Salem, MA


Bereft (Salem, MA)

Initially a solo project of Peter Lee, Bereft creates a dense, rhythmic blend of industrial and power electronics. In 2008, Andrew Grant joined Lee as a full time addition to the act. Bereft's music is structured and focused, with Grant and Lee collaborating on the music, and Lee writing the lyrics.

Wall Wymyn (NY, PA)

"Wall Wymyn is the Philadelphia-based duo of Kate McGuire and Ellen Foster. Sometimes harsh and sonically dense while at other times spare and quiet, they draw on the timbres and harmonic resonances created by their respective instrumentations to build an improvised sound influenced as much by early Whitehouse as by Joan La Barbara or the Theatre of Eternal Music. McGuire works with handmade electronics to create thick clusters of square waves and voice-responsive sounds, mixing in sung straight tones, staccato ululations, glottal pops, and rumbling multiphonics. For this project, Foster, a classically trained violinist, departs from melodic terrain, playing through delay effects to create layers of slowly-evolving drones, rhythmic patterns, and dry,scraping textures"

Christopher Strunk (Boston, MA)

Christopher Strunk has been playing the drums since he was 9 years old. He is a musician who has been based in Boston for the past thirteen years and has played in a wide variety of groups, most recently the electronic improv duo Taps (with Brendan Murray) and the punk rock bands Every Generation and Conversions. He also helps run the record label Ride the Snake and has promoted dozens of concerts over the past few years. His solo percussion shows, which he started performing two years ago, consist of an exploration of the different timbres and overtones of a single drum and prayer bowls.

Noise Nomads (Northampton, MA)


Noise Nomads is Jeff Hartford's project. He generates tones and noise with toy guitars, homemade amps, old police car doors and sheets of metal alongside hand-me-down instruments and junk gear. Thurston Moore describes Noise Nomads best: “A somber yet potentially imposing gentleman who fully embodies the sobriquet 'noise artist' as he blurs the distinction between sound and vision in his work.”