ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Sunday, May 25, 2013
Anne Guthrie / Richard Kamerman
Graham Stephenson / Aaron Zarzutzki
Joe Panzner / Greg Stuart
7 PM, $12-10
ErstAEU is a new CD imprint, launched by Erstwhile Records to help document the work of young American experimental musicians working in a post-electroacoustic vein. The first three CDs were released in March 2013 to great acclaim, and now all six musicians will travel to NYC for this special one-time showcase night.
presented by ISSUE Project Room
Steve Smith, Night After Night
This event took place at Issue Project Room on May 25, 2013. Since previews on the Time Out New York website now disappear from view once an event is passed, I'm preserving it here for personal posterity. Sadly, I was unable to attend, but warmly recommend the three CDs mentioned in the text.
Anne Guthrie and Richard Kamerman, by Billy Gomberg
Issue Project Room; Sat 25
For some time now it’s been possible to labor under the impression that electroacoustic improvisation (or EAI) is exclusively available on import, primarily the domain of Japanese, German and English performers. Actually, that’s never been the case; Americans have contributed to this outlier scene and its constantly morphing aesthetic from the start. But the arrival of ErstAEU—a new imprint of genre-defining mainstay label Erstwhile Records, operated by Jersey City tastemaker Jon Abbey—brings a fresh focus on a groundbreaking wave of homegrown talent.
Like AMM, the intentionally vague name used by a seminal British forebear to the current scene, AEU is meant to be amorphous. A clearly stands for American, Abbey readily admits. But E could be Electroacoustic or Erstwhile, and U might represent Union, Underground, Umbrella, Unlimited…U name it. Conjoined under the mysterious moniker is a growing band of outward-bound composers, improvisers and collaborators—“who may or may not yet know of their involvement,” according to the shadowy collective’s sole public statement.
Performing in this inaugural splash at Issue are the three duos who recorded ErstAEU’s initial trio of releases. Joe Panzer and Greg Stuart connect Gerhard Richter’s slathered, scraped canvases to Merzbow’s assaultive sonic discharge on Dystonia Duos. Anne Guthrie and Richard Kamerman palpably convey sensations of space, dimension and unrest on their rich, enveloping Sinter. Graham Stephenson and Aaron Zarzutzki hew closest to recognizable shades of EAI interplay on Touching, while neatly avoiding predictability. Don’t expect anyone to “play a song from our latest album” here.