The Permanent Festival: Gaspar Claus with Friends

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The Permanent Festival: Gaspar Claus with Friends

Bryce Dessner (The National), Jessie Stein (The Luyas), Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft), David Moore (Bing and Ruth), Remi Alexandre (Syd Matters), Ben Greenberg (Zs), Andy LaPlant & Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees), Pedro Soler, Emil Bognar-Nasdor, Clara Claus

Fri, April 20, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

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The Permanent Festival: Gaspar Claus with Friends
The Permanent Festival: Gaspar Claus with Friends
A special night of music by Gaspar Claus and a selection of extraordinary friends, including Bryce Dessner (The National), David Moore (Bing and Ruth), Jessie Stein (The Luyas), Ben Greenberg (The Zz), Pedro Soler + many more!

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ABOUT GASPAR CLAUS:
Born in 1983, Gaspar Claus has started the cello at age 5. From his long studies in music Highschool with great teachers such as Philip Muller (NMSC, Paris) he kept a part of his technical background. But his current research is based on an exploration of his cello skills beyond its basic use. He uses the whole body of the instrument (wood, metal & horsehair) to create a universe of sounds that he plays during his improvisations with many artists. His desire is to preserve the listening pleasure even in the most extreme situations. He always goes from one project to another, from one world to another, combining his music with very different universes.

Besides his solo performances (at the Knitting Factory, NYC; at Star Pine Cafe, Tokyo in parisian galleries, festivals…) he has several projects with dancers like Nina Dipla (who worked with Pina Bausch) or Moeno Wakamatsu (who has worked with Merce Cunningham, Masaki Iwana ...), with French actors (Anne Alvaro, Serge Pey, J-C Drouot ...) with electronic musicians (Rone, J_Mahtab, A. Yterce, Joakim Tigersushi ...), pop musicians (Ramona Cordova, Damo Suzuki, Kria Brekan, Scout Nibblett, Sufjan Stevens, Cali ...), the flamenco guitarist Pedro Soler (they played at the Philharmonie in Berlin, November 2007, current album planned for 2010) with Benat Achiary (the Concertgebouw of Bruges December 2008), or with Catherine Jauniaux, concerts with the improvised music scene in Japan (Umezu Kazutoki, Hiromishi Sakamoto, Kazuki Tomokawa, Otomo Yoshihide, Keiji Haino, Sachiko M...) or other very special concert as a duo with a masseur in a German’s Christmas market in Berlin , a musical project about Physics & pets called "Schrödinger’s Cat", duo piano & cello, whose album was released in February 2009.

Constantly looking for new artistic experiences, he is now also involved in many projects throughout the world. With the French filmmaker Vincent Moon, travel on all continents to document the music, crossed with the sound of his cello. Recently filmed on a trip for the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Mongolia (www.louisvuitton.com/resonnance), a journey through Eastern Europe with twelve dancers / choreographers, curating one day for the fetival « Guitares au Palais » at Perpignan, or giving Master-Class in music conservatoire of Bayonne. Last December the artistic direction of a recording in Tokyo with the currents leading Japanese improviser.

He mainly feeds his music on experiences in fields other than purely musical.
Bryce Dessner (The National)
Bryce Dessner (The National)
Bryce Dessner is a composer/guitarist/curator based in New York City, best known as the guitarist for the acclaimed rock band The National. Their albums Alligator (2005) and Boxer (2007) were named among albums of the decade in publications throughout the world. Their most recent release, High Violet (2010), debuted at #3 on the US Billboard chart and at #5 in the UK charts. Dessner has also received widespread acclaim as a composer and guitarist for the improvising new music quartet, Clogs. Bryce has performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s most creative musicians including songwriters Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, and Antony Hegarty, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, composers Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly and Michael Gordon, and the contemporary ensembles, Kronos Quartet and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and visual artist Matthew Ritchie.

As a composer, his recent commissions include a Jerome Grant from the American Composer’s Forum and the Kitchen (NYC) for a full concert of his music in March 2007, and a commission from Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna) to create a 40-minute spatial sound work for the Morning Line, a large outdoor sound pavilion by artist Matthew Ritchie. Other new works include a commission by the Rosenbach Library in Philadelphia for the Lincoln Shuffle, a composition in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s bi-centennial, and The Long Count, an origins story told in myth, music and video, commissioned by BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival. Bryce also recently composed two string quartets, Aheym and Tenebre, for the Kronos Quartet. Other recent commissions include a new piece for the Bang on a Can All-stars, a collaborative work for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus with composer Nico Muhly for St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo NYC, and commissions from the American Composers Orchestra.

Photo by Rene Cervantes.
Jessie Stein (The Luyas)
Jessie Stein (The Luyas)
The Luyas are four musicians named Jessie Stein, Mathieu Charbonneau, Pietro Amatro and Stefan Schneider. They made a record called Too Beautiful to Work at 6 Nassau in Toronto, Ontario, and call Montreal, Quebec home.

We love Canada.

They play instruments like French horn and keys, guitars and drums. Jessie does the singing. She also plays a Moodswinger.

A Moodswinger!

A Moodswinger is a twelve string electric zither with an additional third bridge designed by Dutch experimental luthier Yuri Landman. The rod that functions as the third bridge divides the strings into two sections to cause an overtone multiphonic sound.
Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft)
Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft)
Porcelain Raft is Secretly Canadian recording artist Mauro Remiddi recording and performing live.
David Moore (Bing and Ruth)
David Moore (Bing and Ruth)
With a background in both classical performance and experimental improvisation, 26-year-old composer and multi-instrumentalist David Moore has spent his young career exploring the dynamics of form and texture. In 2006 he founded his own ensemble Bing and Ruth with which he has recorded two albums; 2006's self-titled debut and 2007's Kentile Floors. In the short time since its inception, the group has made appearances at 2007 and 2008 Wordless Music Series concerts, the 2008 WFMU Festival, and most recently a commission and performance for the 2009 MATA Festival. In addition to his writing for Bing and Ruth, David has two albums of compositions for solo piano under his own name (2005's Book of Days and 2007's Neighborhood Shifts) and works tirelessly as a composer for film, stage, and installation. He founded and runs an independent record collective called 'Happy Talk", and recently completed work on a new Bing and Ruth album currently slated for release in 2010. He lives quite happily in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
Remi Alexandre (Syd Matters)
Remi Alexandre (Syd Matters)
Rémi Alexandre is a French multi-instrumentalist and composer, producing for and playing with several bands including Mellow, Perio, Nathaniel Isaac Smog, Yann Tiersen, Florent Marchet, The Rodeo and This is the Kit, amongst others.

In 2003 he joined forces with Jonathan Morali, Jean-Yves Lozac'h, Clement Carle and Olivier Marguerit to form the french folk/pop band Syd Matters as the lead guitarist.

In addition, Rémi has signed soundtracks for cinema and television, including Gregory Buchert "858 pages further in the south" for Le Fresnoy (2011). He won several prices for short movies soundtracks, and was nominated with Syd Matters at the french Victoires de la Musique as "Best movie soundtrack of the year" in 2008 for "Heartbeat Detector" (2007), which was also promoted at Cannes Festival in 2007.
Ben Greenberg (Zs)
Ben Greenberg (Zs)
Ben Greenberg is a guitar-wielding force of nauture for Zs, Pygmy Shrews, and solo as Hubble. He is also one of NYC's most in-demand recording engineers, having worked on, among others, Laurel Halo's King Felix and White Suns' Walking in the Reservoir.

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Zs was founded in 2000 by tenor saxophonist and composer Sam Hillmer. Since the band’s inception ZS has incarnated as everything from a sextet to a duo, most recently featuring Ben Greenberg (electric guitar), Tony Lowe (electric guitar), and Ian Antonio (drum set), in addition to Hillmer’s signature sax ranting. While Zs' music has been variously categorized as no-wave, noise, post-minimalist, drone, and psych, it is primarily concerned with making music that challenges the physical and mental limitations of both performer and listener. The band has been heralded by New York Times as "one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York."
Andy LaPlant & Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees)
Andy LaPlant & Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees)
Brooklyn’s She Keeps Bees have self-recorded and released music made at home since 2006. Their debut album, Minisink Hotel, was described by NYC’s Other Music as “the best album you’ve never heard." Nests, their second full-length, was admired by the Guardian as “sparse, soulful and defiantly retro.” Their third LP, Dig On, was praised by the BBC as "an album of fire, spirit, and sweat."
Pedro Soler
Pedro Soler
Emil Bognar-Nasdor
I (Emil B.N.) grew up in nyc...playing drums mainly in punk and metal scenes for about the last 9 years.....from beginning to sing(yell)
in a band about 5 years ago...my interest in composition started truly manifesting.... that with the combination of some drum studies led me to solo composition recording....mainly on tape.....and with my love for tape all these worlds began colliding.....i started/ am starting to develop improvisational structures based on simple suggestive ideas and sometimes around interacting with tape loops....