Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Wed, Aug 23 2017 7:45 PM

Henry Kaiser, Neha Spellfish, Drought Spa, Filthmilk
Wed, August 23; doors 7:45pm, show 8-11pm
at The Bindery, 1727 Haight St $5 notaflof 21+

Henry Kaiser
With a mind as wide and grin as cracked as an ice cap, Henry Kaiser doesn't try to be an iconoclast; it's just categories themselves failing to encompass his strange fascinations and unrestrained expression. Whether soaked in blood on one of 250+ album covers, suspended 20' feet below antarctic ice recording synthesizer-voices of Weddell seals, or suddenly staring you in the eye from across the smallest confine of Chapel of the Chimes during his fifth hour of uninterrupted improv, Kaiser's presence and style are infinitely variable yet unmistakable. The breadth of his collaborations includes Werner Herzog, Leo Wadada Smith, Fred Frith, Diamánda Galás, John Tchicai, Jim O'Rourke, Miya Masaoka and Matt Groening. Tonight, Kaiser's newest sound and video will hit the big screen in the small room at The Bindery. Come feel the wider world bust through the doors of your perception.

Neha Spellfish (Oakland/Madrid)
With low frequency waves washing up on a beach of dark noise ambience, Neha Spellfish delves into the shared space of interspecies communication and paramnesia, invoking the spectral measure of waking consciousness and noospheric cognition. Neha invokes themes of macro psychology, xeno feminism, dynamically modeled weather enclosures, and instinctual variance, employing audio programming platforms and algorithmic granular synthesis.

Drought Spa
The boundary splitting duo of Alex Cruse and Kevin Ck Lo infuses the inhuman digital with intuition, combining randomized interactions of layers and language until all patterns implode only to reconfigure as breathing rubble. At the root of Drought Spa's practice lies a tension: “how to reveal a revolutionary capacity in works that are tenants on capitalism’s 4D landscape?”

For seventeen years, the sideways smile of Filthmilk's Erich Fendler has tilted the earth on which San Francisco live music slips and slides. Besides hauling his generator to countless shows at the wave organ, toxic tire beach, potrero del sol, golden gate park and 5lowershop shows, it's always the Filthmilk set laying bare the committed absurdity and caustic love combusting in the engine of all Bay Area experimental music. Well seasoned engines can develop fascinating new noises, the supercharged cello of Colleen Twitty now melts the tires beneath Fendler's synthwork as Filthmilk tilts the lines once more, navigating head on traffic to kiss all your crossing chickens on the lips. Analouge visuals to be projected by Lori16mm!

Cost: $5
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