Alphastare East Coast tour PT 1: Erie PA (Alphastare vs. Onewayness)

Erie (Alphastare) 1This next series of blog posts will be focused on My trip to the East Coast with my wife which consisted of a 4 day train ride there and back with lots of action in between (we were gone for 17 days!). More on the train experience and our NY State adventures later.

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First I wanna focus on 2 shows I did in Both Erie PA and Buffalo NY. This post will cover the first show I did in Erie PA on August 21st. as I invaded the home turf of 2 Erie PA artists Onewayness (Adam Holquist) and an old and dear friend Aaron Davis who performed as Greyscape. In a sort of ‘show me yours, I’ll show you mine’ spirit, we all performed on 2 consecutive evenings together in both Erie and Buffalo my home town!

ERIE PA FLYER

The first night (Erie) was hosted by Evan K. Everhart at his studio which is essentially a sculpture palace and garden! There were so many things to look at and take in, I had to force myself to set up and prepare to perform! Here’s a slide show of a bit of his wonderful space, probably the coolest venue I’ve performed at to date.

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Inside was just as loaded with art and sculpture and found objects which is what Evan predominantly works with.

Monica (stripes day @ Everhart Studios)
Inside Evan K. Everharts studio

Up first was Greyscape (Aaron Davis) an old friend from my Buffalo noise making days, he was in a version of a band I started called Smackicide and he can be seen in this old video from 1996 when Smackicide played a show at an all girls high school in Buffalo called Nichols Academy. He was not in the band yet at this point, but he was still a big part of this performance!

Here is a slideshow of pics followed by video of his set at Everhart Studios

GREYSCAPE SLIDESHOW

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Video of Greyscape’s full set shot by Tom Weber Films can be viewed here:

GREYSCAPE FULL SET 

It was great to see Aaron in action, still vital and he still performs with vigour!


Alphawayness 2

ALPHASTARE vs. ONEWAYNESS

This was the second time I got to perform a show with Onewayness, the first was when he was out West for a handful of gigs and we shared a bill at The Luggage Store Gallery in SF earlier this year.

ALPHASTARE vs. ONEWAYNESS SLIDESHOW

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FULL SET SHOT BY TOM WEBER FILMS HERE


SKO-Crop

Finally as an added bonus, Adam, Aaron, Fazed Cookies and myself performed a short set as The SK-Orchestra which utilised 4 SK-1 keyboards 2 of which were circuit bent, this was a blast!

Aaron gettin' antsy to tickle these keys!
Aaron gettin’ antsy to tickle these keys!

Plenty of music here, if you enjoy this wonderful noise, stay tuned for part II which will feature our Buffalo performances!

Summer Vacay, a Little Work a Little Play

ALPHASTARE EAST COAST APPEARANCESDREAMLAND

Been off the blog for a spell as I have been enjoying the wonders of our beautiful country. My wife and I decided to take a train ride across the country and it has been the best experience! We left SF for a 4 day ride to NY and it’s just a wonderful way to travel. We spent a week in NYC visiting fam and are now in Buffalo visiting more fam and to top it off I will be performing twice this weekend. I set up 2 Alphastare gigs, 1 in Erie PA this Friday Aug 21st

ERIE PA FLYER

and another for Saturday the 22nd in my old hometown of Buffalo at Dreamland. Both shows will be supported by Onewayness who I met in SF when we did a show at The Luggage Store Gallery awhile back. Also on both bills is an old friend Aaron Davis who will be performing as Greyscape.

14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit (Final Night)

New Music Summit 14 Chen/Fei/Pontecorvo Q&A
Q&A with Tania Chen, James Fei and Mika Potecorvo

Recently I posted about the 14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit after I attended the ‘Touch the Gear’ expo on July 26th. There were events throughout the week that I unfortunately missed but I did make it to the final show on Saturday. I caught the first 2 sets by Bridge of Crows and Tender Buttons respectively. I’ll let the clips speak for themselves but the theme this evening was ‘Vision Music’ so there was heavy interaction between sound and visual. It was very immersive and great to experience in person.

Below are a few short clips of the first 2 acts.

First up is Bridge of Crows doing “Bedouin Poets of Mars: The Last Poet ” featuring
Mika Pontecorvo, Elijah Pontecorvo, Kersti Abrams, Greg Baker, Mark Pino, Mariko Miyakawa, Bob Marsh.

Bob and Elijah
Bob and Elijah
Mika and Mark
Mika and Mark

BRIDGE OF CROWS (clips)


New Music Summit 14 Modular set-up

Next is: Tender Buttons featuring Tania Chen, Gino Robair, Tom Djll and Bill Thibault who was responsible for the visual elements and also takes a ‘solo’ at one point!

Bill Theibault
Bill Theibault

TENDER BUTTONS (clips)

If you are craving more, here are full pieces captured by Ann O’Rourke, including the 3rd act which I missed that night. Bill Hsu/James Fei/Gino Robair

BRIDGE OF CROWS

TENDER BUTTONS

HSU/ROBAIR/FEI

I look forward to next year!