Feb 262014
 

Joe-Hertenstein-Jamison-Sevits-Randy-Hunt

Here’s Theatre Intangible episode 110: Hertenstein/Hunt/Sevits, recorded on September 13th, 2013.

Joe Hertenstein is a New York City-based drone/avant-garde/free improv drummer, originally hailing from Germany. He’s played with heavy hitters such as Mat Maneri, Anthony Coleman, Ken Filiano, Frank Gratkowski, Jon Irabagon, Achim Tang, Mikko Innanen, Todd Neufeld, Simon Jermyn, and Thomas Heberer.

How did this all come together? Double-bassist and Theatre Intangible participant Thomas Helton e-mailed me a few days before, letting me know Joe Hertenstein, the drummer in his new trio, was passing through Nashville and might be persuaded to perform. By a stroke of good fortune, I had a show booked at Noa Noa for the upcoming Friday with British noise artist Freudian Slit, the Nashville electronic duo Age, and Knoxville multimedia artists Virginia Griswold abd Morgan Higby-Flowers. Joe agreed to perform, and trumpet player Jamison Sevits and double-bassist Randy Hunt came on board to form an extemporaneous trio.

Everything was falling into place. Now we just needed a set of drums.

Joe wasn’t traveling with a set. My roommate Tommy’s set was with him at a show across town. We decided to Frankenstein together a set using Tommy’s spare drums, broken cymbals, and various bits of metal and wood laying around the basement. A lamp served as a cymbal stand. And yet Joe, Jamison and Randy took this limitation and turned it into something magical.

I also recorded the performances of Freudian Slit, Age, and Virginia and Morgan, and I’m including those recordings as free downloads directly below. I’m also embedding videos that Josh Gumiela recorded of the performances. As always, the podcast itself is in the player at the very bottom of the article. Enjoy.

Right click to download, middle mouse click to stream:
Freudian Slit live at Noa Noa
Age live at Noa Noa
Virginia Griswold and Morgan Higby-Flowers live at Noa Noa

Sep 122013
 

BigMess BigMess3 BigMess4

Talk about a great lineup coming out of nowhere — our Experimental Series #6 at Noa Noa tomorrow evening fell into place in a matter of days. First, Brighton, Great Britain noise artist and show organizer Freudian Slit wrote me asking what events were going on while they were visiting Nashville. We ended up scheduling this show. Freudian Slit met Age, Virginia Griswold, and Morgan-Higby-Flowers at the NO MEDIA event during the Clarksville Art Walk, and we added those artists to the bill.

Then, Theatre Intangible collaborator Thomas Helton wrote me to let me know his friend Joe Hertenstein would be in town Friday and might be persuaded to perform. Thus, this morning, the bill for the Noa Noa Experimental Series #6 was finalized.

Friday’s theme is “Supersized Mess — Bigger, cheaper, faster, more more more!”

Here’s a bit more about each artist:

  • Freudian Slit is a British Genderqueer activist come noise musician. Messing up some supersized menu items for your viewing pleasure. And hopefully your bleeding ears.
  • Joe Hertenstein is a New York City-based drone/avant-garde/free improv drummer, originally hailing from Germany. He’s played with heavy hitters such as Mat Maneri, Anthony Coleman, Ken Filiano, Frank Gratkowski, Jon Irabagon, Achim Tang, Thomas Helton, Pascal Niggenkemper, Mikko Innanen, Todd Neufeld, Simon Jermyn, and Thomas Heberer. Tonight, he’ll be joined by special guests Randy Hunt and Jamison Sevits.
  • Age explores electronic copying nastiness as a new tonal language – Josh Gumiela and Luke Rainey, based in Nashville, TN.
  • Virginia Griswold & Morgan Higby-Flowers make dirt-filthy, loud, stroboscopic noise and visuals cutting through wet porcelain.

Our show starts at 10pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch the 7:30pm show Concurrence & Dig Deep Light Show at Free Form Fridays at the Centennial Black Box Theatre.

Check out videos from the touring artists below. More info on the Facebook event page.

Noa Noa Experimental Series #6: Supersized Mess
Featuring Freudian Slit, Joe Hertenstein, Age, Virginia Griswold & Morgan Higby-Flowers
Friday, September 13th, 2013
Doors at 9:30pm, show at 10pm sharp
Suggested donation $5 to touring band.
BYOB. Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.

Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203