Artists Space

Abasement #60

October 3, 2022, 7pm

Corsano/Holmes/Nace Trio, Ka Baird, Lea Bertucci, and Mick Barr, with International Enablers DJs and visuals by Bradley Eros.

Collaged atop a yellow and orange field is a series of abstract graphic elements and an upside down image of a face. In the bottom right corner an upside down text reads "ABASEMENT 60."
[Collaged atop a yellow and orange field is a series of abstract graphic elements and an upside down image of a face. In the bottom right corner an upside down text reads "ABASEMENT 60."]

Abasement is a monthly music series featuring four performances and a guest DJ. Beginning in 2015 at Max Fish bar, the evening brings together artists and bands working in free improvisation, jazz, noise, minimalism, and experimental composition. When Max Fish permanently closed due to Covid, one of the few experimental music venues in Manhattan ceased to exist, and Artists Space is excited to now host Abasement.

Chris Corsano is a drummer working at the intersections of free jazz, avant-rock, and experimental music. Appearing on over 150 albums and touring in an ultra-wide array of collaborations, Corsano has built a highly personal musical language through ecstatic free improvisation and extended percussion techniques. He's been called a "powerhouse drummer" by Rolling Stone, "a peripatetic ace of the avant-garde" by The New York Times, "one of the world's great drummers" by The Guardian, and "arguably the most riotously energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz" by Wire Magazine.

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.

Bill Nace is an artist and musician based in Philadelphia, PA. Nace’s range has been described as “veering from sculptural, almost Remko-Scha-esque chime to Loren Connors-style elegance in only a few short moves.” (Mimaroglu Music, 2010). He has collaborated with an extraordinary range of musicians, such as Michael Morley, Graham Lambkin, Thurston Moore, Jessica Rylan, Paul Flaherty, Aaron Dilloway, and is one half of Body/Head with Kim Gordon.

Ka Baird is a performer, composer and sound designer combining extended voice/microphone techniques, with electronics and the psychoacoustic interplay of woodwinds. They create a present tense sound with a vigorous delivery that seeks extreme release through physical exertion and psychic extension. They are one of the founding and continuing members of Spires That In The Sunset Rise. This will be Baird's only NYC show for the remainder of 2022.

Lea Bertucci is an artist, composer and performer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. In addition to her longstanding practice with woodwind instruments, Bertucci‘s work incorporates radical methods of free improvisation and creative misuses of audio technology applied to field recording and sampling/collage techniques. Her autodidactic and idiosyncratic approach to music is marked by dense masses of sustained dissonance and a fascination with the sonic substance of common experience through eccentric methods of field recording and collage. Tape manipulation and other creative recording techniques push the limits of the recorded medium to elicit a visceral sonic and emotional experience from the listener.

Mick Barr is a prolific, virtuosic and extreme guitar player that composes complex guitarworks via intense, hyper-speed techniques. His works can be heard under solo aliases Octis and Ocrilim, plus collaborative projects including Crom-Tech, Orthrelm, and Krallice.

International Enablers are Tran Huynh (b. Saigon, Vietnam) and Jaiko Suzuki (b. Tokyo, Japan). Huynh is an artist living and working in New York. She is a member of the band Weak Signal. Suzuki is the singer for Wah Together, the drummer for Electroputas and a caretaker.

Bradley Eros is an experimental film director, actor, curator, poet, and performance artist known for his work in the field of contracted cinema.

Artists Space Venue is generously supported by Stephen Cheng, Lonti Ebers, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Allan Schwartzman, and David Zwirner. Sound system for Abasement kindly provided by Bentley Meeker.