Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gallows Hill, Salem, MA



(Sean Ali, NY & Dave Grollman, NY)

FESTER is the duo of Sean Ali and David Grollman both visiting Salem from NYC. It’s a treat to have them playing in Sonorium!

David Grollman is a percussionist who performs freely improvised music. He performs in art galleries, tiki bars, and venues of curious ambience made more curious by his mongrel sounds. David bows, scrapes, blows, slaps, rubs, caresses, abuses, and generally tests the limits of his instrument. Anything is game. Anything may be a participant if the musical conversation calls for it. Artist, instrument, audience, and environment become ambiguous terms, conspiring in a theatrical exploration of chance dynamics and serendipitous exchanges.

Sean Ali is a bassist, composer, and improviser from Dayton, OH, who has been living in New York City since 2003. There he participates in the city’s vibrant experimental music scene both as a performer and curator. His current projects include: Fester with David Grollman (snare drum), Natura Morta with Frantz Loriot (viola) and Carlo Costa (drums), Hag with Brad Henkel (trumpet) and David Grollman (snare drum), PascAli with Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), LathanFlinAli with Lathan Hardy (alto sax) and Flin van Hemmen (drums), and Trismegistus with Joe Moffett (trumpet), Ben Gerstein (trombone) and Devin Gray (drums) . He also does solo performances that involve text and sound-specific preparations for the bass. He is the founder and leader of a large ensemble of low-tone instruments called The Mudbath Orchestra. He is co-founder and member of the new music label Prom Night Records. He also co-curates the “floating” house-series Ze Couch with Pascal Niggenkemper. Sean Ali performs regularly in New York City and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

Listen to this link by them!


(Noell Dorsey, MA & Steve Norton, MA)

Ricochet has been performing as a duo since 2010.

Their music posits layers of texture which are high in density but low in volume and intimate in scope. Performances tend toward single long pieces which trace unpredictable but shapely forms.

In 2012, we released a CD entitled “the waste land” on the Means of Production imprint. You can check out an 11-minute sample here.

Links to artist bios follow:

Noell Dorsey [ bio ]

Steve Norton [ bio ]

Photo credit: Matt Samolis


(Will Mayo, MA)

DOUBLE AWAKE is the longest-running project of William David Mayo, a Boston-based musician who also performs as Homeworld and spins electronic music as DJ Won’t. He has also been organizing events around town for several years, originally through his label Slow Blood but more recently Open Loop. Beginning in 2006, he’s used Double Awake to explore the possibilities of combining disparate electronic devices (often in unintended ways) to create unpredictably “organic” music. The Mackie mixer is used to route various audio and gate signals into and around each other, weaving looped phrases through feedback, filters, and delay pedals to create cascading waves of harmony, texture, and noise. Though originally focussing on primarily abstract soundscapes with a modified Realistic MG-1 synthesizer, the Double Awake sound has evolved to incorporate analog sequencers and occasionally drum machines as a means to corral the chaos.

LSDV (Allston, MA)

LSDV is Joe Mygan & Pat Chaney. They create amazing collages with sounds and incredibly active projections. Check their bandcamp for more!