ARTISTS: Paul Metzger, Lary Seven, Matter Waves (David First and Kid Millions)
CURATED BY Victoria Keddie
WHERE: The Clocktower Gallery, 108 Leonard Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY
WHEN: Thursday 18 August 6pm-9pm (limited seating of 40)
*performance starts at 6:30 sharp
The show focuses on innovators and inventors of sound, David First and John Collpits, Paul Metzger, and Lary Seven. Through customized instruments and composition, a visceral experience is shared with these unique vocabularies of sound. What we witness is a dialogue through the invented personalities of the instruments, and the men who made them.
David First has been a pivotal figure in the world of experimental music. First is known for his dense, mesmerizing drone structures, as well as his intense, minimalist approach to the guitar. John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as a drummer. As a member of Oneida, Colpitts has collaborated on, written and recorded over 150 songs and instrumentals on 11 full length albums and as many short-form releases. In 2010 Colpitts founded the drum Ensemble Man Forever to perform his experimental drum compositions that utilize carefully tuned drums combined with aggressive and extended performances.
Paul Metzger plays a heavily modified 23 string banjo. His sonic vocabulary ranges from “deeply satisfying & impulsive outer cosmos ragadelia to clangorous, rapidly punctuated percussive workouts”. Metzger has been described as a virtuoso and a visionary whose live performances are vital, deeply visceral and simply breathtaking.
Lary Seven is a multimedia alchemist able to coax profane, inscrutable sounds and images from numerous and mysterious devices. His work has been described as that of a magician or scientist — one who may not always be certain of the outcome, but who is determined to see it through to its (il)logical end.