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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2021, 8:00 PM, $15

LOREN CONNORS: The Touch of a Hand

The Old Stone House
in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map
718-930-2286 | BUY TICKETS

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, November 11th with Brooklyn-based guitarist Loren Connors. Active for over four decades, Connors has become a living legend of the experimental avant-garde, creating a deeply personal and distinctive language based on the blues. For tonight’s program, Connors will perform a solo electric guitar set, and the evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

***Audience limited to 25, proof of vaccination required for entry, please wear a mask.

Founded in 2012, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event focuses on a single artist, who presents a recent work or project in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Loren Connors has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades. His music – which embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms – has been recorded on Family Vineyard, Northern Spy, Drag City, Table of the Elements, Recital, RoadCone and other labels.

Connors, who names abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko his most important influence, has performed with Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, John Fahey, Alan Licht, Jandek, and Kim Gordon. Suzanne Langille has often appeared on Connors’ recordings as vocalist, lyricist and arranger. Connors also on occasion has performed with an avant blues band called Haunted House, together with Langille, guitarist Andrew Burnes and percussionist Neel Murgai.

In July 1979, Cadence Magazine noted that Connors, who had recently emerged in the scene, was “similar to others in the Advanced Guard of improvising guitarists in that he is trying to extend the boundaries of sound and pitch of acoustic guitar, but he is unique in the utilization of Blues in his work, one could almost say this is Avant Garde Blues. He’s swimming in new waters and beginning to make his own environment.”

In recent years, Connors has focused mostly on live recordings of extended blues abstractions, with occasional performances in a more avant blues rock vein from time to time through collaborations with other artists.

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Upcoming: Anthony Coleman (12/9)…

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 14, 2021, 8:00 PM, $15

DAFNA NAPHTALI, New, Old and Future: works and improvisations 

The Old Stone House
in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map
718-930-2286 | BUY TICKETS

Musical Ecologies returns to in-person events*** Thursday, October 14th with Brooklyn-based composer/performer Dafna Naphtali. A native New Yorker, Naphtali is well-known as a vocalist, electronic musician and sound artist. For tonight’s program, she will perform works involving live sound processing, voice, algorithmic studies, downsized versions of her multichannel sound and sound-walking pieces, and improvisations, all drawing on work created and developed over 20+ years. With special guest, percussionist Danny Tunick. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

***Audience limited to 25, proof of vaccination required for entry. Please wear a mask.

Founded in 2012, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event focuses on a single artist, who presents a recent work or project in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Dafna Naphtali is a singer/instrumentalist/electronic-musician who composes/performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music, drawing on a wide-ranging musical background in jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music and using her custom Max/MSP programming. She has performed in the US, Canada, Europe, India, Russia and the Middle East. Current projects include “Audio Chandelier”, a multi-channel audio work presented in New York, Berlin, and Montreal, “Robotica” (music robots and voice), and her audio augmented reality soundwalks “Walkie Talkie Dream Angles”. Dafna’s has long-running projects in live sound-processing of voice and acoustic instruments, as her a performable “instrument”. The current focus is on duos with acoustic instrumentalists such as pianist Gordon Beeferman, trombonist Jen Baker (Clip Mouth Unit), percussionist Luis Tabuenca, Chuck Bettis, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Ras Moshe, saxophonist Edith Lettner, and a longtime duo with Hans Tammen (Buchla, endangered guitar). Fellowships/awards include NY Foundation for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Franklin Furnace, American Composers Forum, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, American Music Center; residencies: Music/OMI, STEIM, and Signal Culture.

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Upcoming: Loren Connors (11/11); Anthony Coleman (12/9)…