Music at Washington St

Howard Stelzer /// Bastian Void /// Variant State [trio]

EVENT: April 23, 2016 from 8

Howard Stelzer is a composer of electro-acoustic music. Beginning in 1991 while still a high school student in Boca Raton, Florida, Stelzer has always based his music around cassette tapes. Almost all of his sounds are generated by, processed by, recorded onto and played back out of cassettes and consumer-grade tape players. In 2015, he was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant for Music Composition by The Massachusetts Cultural Council. By day, he teaches middle school in Lowell MA, where he and his family live in a really big room behind a power plant. At night, he hunches over stacks of tapes and makes this stuff. No one knows why. Upcoming releases include The Case Against CD (Monotype Records, Poland) and Normal Bias six cassette boxset (Ballast, US).

Bastian Void is one of the solo monikers of Joseph Bastardo, a visual artist and musician from Worcester, Massachusetts. Joseph also performs in various groups, such as Looks Realistic, Gay Shapes, and LAN. Since 2009 he has maintained the tape label Moss Archive. Joe grew up with the cathode-ray productions of the 80s transmitted directly into his brain. From a young age he has been fascinated by the synthetic sounds that pepper everyday life and captures that in his collage of synthesized soundscapes, concrete compositions and muted rhythmic pulses. He has released tapes for labels such as Digitalis, Faux-Pas, YDLMIER, Field Hymns, Constellation Tatsu and Orange Milk.

Variant State [....] is a project instigated by Howard Martin (reeds), Jesse Kenas-Collins (trumpet, reeds, feedback objects), and Michael Rosenstein (amplified surfaces and objects, modified field recordings, oscillators.) In various configurations, they explore the interstitial interactions of acoustic instrumentation, electronics, multiphonics, abraded and degraded recordings, and feedback within performance spaces. Their playing draws on composite aesthetics of spontaneous interaction and collective structures, reveling in the syntactical alterations of open-form sonic investigation.

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