Patrick Holmes hails from Austin, TX and has called New York City his home for over 20 years. Holmes honed his clarinet techniques through frequent collaborative improvisation within NY’s downtown scene, and via studies with Sabir Mateen, Connie Crothers, Andriy Milavsky, among others. He has played with Jon Gibson, Ryan Sawyer, Daniel Carter, Jaimie Branch, Fay Victor, Bob Bert, James Brandon Lewis, Che Chen, the Utter Nots, and many others.
For over twenty years Jeremiah Cymerman has been forging a singular and utterly unique path as a clarinetist, composer, improviser, podcaster, and recording engineer. From sideman work with luminaries such as Butch Morris, Jandek, and Otomo Yoshihide to long-standing collaborations with artists such as Evan Parker, Charlie Looker, Brian Chase, Nate Wooley, Mario Diaz de Leon, and Toby Driver, his work is marked by a dogged commitment to craft, ecstatic collaboration, and expanding a deeply personal and non-idiomatic musical language. Cymerman's music has been documented by the Tzadik, Astral Spirits, and Dinzu Artefacts record labels, as well as his own 5049 Records.
Chris Williams is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based between NYC and LA, and is most at home collaborating with contemporary improvisers and experimentalists. Williams has collaborated with creators Eyvind Kang, Joanna Mattrey, Miriam Parker, Patrick Shiroishi, Bennie Maupin, Nicole Mitchell, Fay Victor, Wendy Eisenberg, Luke Stewart, Amanda Beech, Marjani Forte-Saunders, Eric Revis, among many others.
Macula Dog is an electronic duo from New York City, making music that is just as much pop as the performers are human—it's unclear. While becoming known for their theatrical live shows across the Northeast, Macula Dog has made numerous TV and radio appearances, with live sets on WNYU's New Afternoon Show, Know-Wave radio, and The Special Without Brett Davis. Additionally, they have contributed themes for Adult Swim's Live Crossword Puzzle show and NYC public access programming. In the band’s current live configuration, they carry their gear on harnesses, adorning themselves with impact-resistant clothing to cushion themselves from injury should their exoskeletal sit-stand legs slip out from under them. The duo also carries a camera and hologram projection system, transforming the members into a fully mobile performance rig, each with a mini jumbotron. This allows them to move around performance space without an attachment to cords.
Shelley Hirsch is an award winning, critically acclaimed vocal artist, composer, and storyteller whose mostly solo compositions, staged multimedia works, improvisations, radio plays, installations, and collaborations have been produced and presented in concert halls, clubs, festivals, theaters, museums, galleries, and on radio, film, and television. Her work has been presented on five continents and can be heard on over 70 recordings. Hirsch has received numerous awards in both music and multidisciplinary fields including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award. She is currently working on a recording made possible by a grant from the NYC Women's Fund and a Composers commission from NYSCA. She has collaborated with Christian Marclay for many decades, and will perform the piece NO! which Marclay conceived as a graphic score for solo voice, composed of comic book fragments. A reviewer from the Eclectic Electric Festive in Canada wrote of her performance of NO! "this stirring performance was met with delirious applause."
HxH is the improvisatory electro-acoustic duo of Lester St. Louis and Chris Williams. The duo utilizes a mix of trumpet, cello, and electronics to build worlds traversing through acoustic sound, grainy textures, expansive pools of sounds, breaks, cuts, and beats. The approach is conceived as an expansiveness that holds a personal intimacy.
Spencer Sweeney is known for his psychologically rich figurative paintings, as well as collaborations with various musicians, performers, and artists in the downtown New York City art scene throughout a career spanning over two decades. His creative work oscillates between performance, music, painting, and experimental theater—most recently in his studio salon HEADZ, a communal art and improvisational jazz performance space.
Valeria Divinorum is a Queens-based visual artist & architect working with glass-metal sculptures, art installations, and video art. With formal training in the School of Architecture in Buenos Aires, her work specializes in stained-glass sculptural objects, which she uses as a lens to experiment with the intangible properties of light. She has a deep interest in exploring the optical perception of space through traditional and new media techniques, creating dispersion of light into spectral components.
Abasement has been curated by Joseph Frivaldi and Robert Mayson since 2015.