For this late summer installment of Fire Over Heaven, we're pleased to present abstract rock trio, Electroputas, a rare NYC performance by upstate avant chanteuse, Powerdove, and multi-generational deep listening big band, Nova Afinecon Orkestro. The series will be taking September off and then starting the series again in October, so please come and help us close out the season with this terrific bill!
10:00 Nova Afinecon Orkestro
Nova Afinecon Orkestro
Todd Capp (dr)
Daniel Carter (sax, tr)
Che Chen (sax)
Sue Garner (e. bass)
Patrick Holmes (cl)
Kurt Ralske (crnt)
Karen Waltuch (vla)
Barry Weisblat (e)
Nova Afinecon Orkestro is a multi-generational, improvising big band that bridges the ideas of deep listening and 60s energy music. Leaderless and decentralized, the group organizes itself spontaneously through sympathetic vibration and listening in the present moment. The Orkestro is an organic extension of Andrew Lafkas’ “Alternate Models” ensembles, where many of these musicians first played together, and also includes members of Todd Capp’s Mystery Train, 75 Dollar Bill and other points radiating outward and inward. The band’s name, like it’s membership, changes with each iteration, assuming a different variation of the Orkestro moniker for every performance. Esperanto for Orchestra, a nod to both the utopian dream of a global language and the infamous record label. This time it means “New Affinity Orchestra”.
Powerdove (w/ Installation by Leo Kang)
Powerdove is the alter-ego of Ithaca-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, Annie Lewandowski. Seemingly as interested in song forms as their subversion through improvisation, she has employed a bevy of idiosyncratic instruments (some custom made) and collaborators in the past, including Thomas Bonvalet, Chad Popple and Deerhoof's John Dietrich. Educated at Mills College and a long time participant in the Bay Area experimental community she has also collaborated with Fred Frith, Xiu Xiu, The Curtains and many others. For this rare NYC performance, she will be performing with an installation designed by sculptor Leo Kang.
Press from most recent record «War Shapes»:
“A priestess of joyfully incongruous musical experiments, Annie Lewandowski, also known as Powerdove, composed her fourth album, War Shapes, in the company of unorthodox musicians Chad Popple and Thomas Bonvalet. If she could, Annie Lewandowski might extricate onomatopoeias directly from our mouths so she could store them in her sound archives to be chopped and reshaped into future, ingenious compositions." — Jérémy Piette, Libération (FR)
Jaiko Suzuki (dr)
Akio Mokuno (ba)
Joe Frivaldi (gtr)
For the last 20 years, Electroputas has been a persistent, if sometimes reclusive, presence in the New York underground. Propelled by drummer Jaiko Suzuki’s motorik rhythms, guitarist Joe Frivaldi and bassist Akio Mokuno push their instruments through the ringer, resulting in some gloriously fried abstractions of the rock trio format. Though no matter how out they get, there’s always something immediate and alive about their music. The last time I saw them, Akio spent most of the set on the floor, or rather on top of his bass, as he muted and released the instrument’s howling, feedbacking body with his own. Comparisons could be made to their No Wave predecessors, but it’s the urgency they are channeling more than the sound.