Ever Records and Tinker Street Cinema Present
An Evening of Music and Psychedelic Vision
With live performances by
Lea Bertucci & Ben Vida with Ric Royer
Liquid Light Show by Brock Monroe (Joshua Light Show)
Nepenthae, as it is described in the Odyssey, was a ‘drug for forgetting', used to alleviate suffering. As a trio, featuring Zach Layton (17-String Electric Bass), Raf Vertessen (Drums), and Henry Fraser (Contrabass), Nepenthae evokes the spirit of this Homeric elixir with sounds at the edge of perceptibility and distinction – multi-layered cries interweave with tones rising from beyond our range of hearing, articulated by beats so slow the space between attacks becomes contemplative. Formed during the 2021 Art OMI Music Residency, this trio draws on the diverse experiences of its members in the realms of doom metal, noise, no wave, free jazz, sound art and modular synthesis and cuts across traditional barriers between composition, improvisation, notation and memory. Nepenthae’s slow moving sound world creates a full spectrum aural image, neither static nor developmental, that invites the ear to scan it - finding worlds contained within both composite and discreet sounds - and recall the poetic (often fleeting) nature of perception.
Lea Bertucci is an artist, composer and performer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. In addition to her longstanding practice with woodwind instruments, her work incorporates multichannel speaker arrays, radical methods of free improvisation and creative misuses of audio technology applied to field recording and sampling/collage techniques. In recent years, her projects have expanded toward site-specific and site-responsive sonic investigations of architecture and acoustics, most notably in 2018’s Acoustic Shadows, a suite of compositions and sound installation that took place as part of the Bruckenmusik Festival, inside the hollow body of the Deutzer bridge in Koln Germany. Her autodidactic and idiosyncratic approach to music is marked by dense masses of sustained dissonance and a fascination with the sonic substance of common experience through eccentric methods of field recording and collage. Tape manipulation and other creative recording techniques push the limits of the recorded medium to elicit a visceral sonic and emotional experience from the listener.
Her discography spans over a decade, with eight releases of full-length solo albums and a number of collaborative projects, notably a new project with composer Ben Vida for woodwinds, electronics, voice and tape. In 2018 and 2019, she released the critically acclaimed solo albums Metal Aether and Resonant Field on NNA Tapes and in 2021, founded her own imprint, Cibachrome Editions, with A Visible Length of Light as the inaugural release.
She has performed extensively across the US and Europe with presenters such as The Museum of Modern Art New York, Blank Forms, Gagosian Gallery, Pioneer Works, The Kitchen, The Walker Museum, Tempo Reale in Florence, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, Sound of Stockholm Festival, ReWire Festival, Borderline Festival, and Unsound Festival Krakow. In 2018, she was awarded a Jfund for New Music grant from the American Composers’ Forum and a commission for a brass octet from the Levy Gorvy Gallery in New York. She has recently been commissioned by the INA GRM in Paris, Quartetto Maurice in Turin and by ARS Nova Workshop in Philadelphia for new compositions that are forthcoming in 2021/22.
Ben Vida lives and works in New York. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Bard College. As an artist and composer, he has been an active member of the international experimental music community for two decades with a long list of collaborators, projects and releases to his credit.
Ric Royer writes stories mordant and morbid, stages plays of absurd wonder, and sings songs of hope and disaster. A song and dance man of the avant-vaude, Royer is the founder and artistic director of Psychic Readings Co, a performance collective that has entertained, frightened and confused audiences with their interdisciplinary hysterics since 1999. He is also a curator at Model City Books.
Brock Monroe (Joshua Light Show):
Brock Monroe is an artist and designer, with a focus on the connection between live cinema and music. As one of the lead artists in the Joshua Light Show, Brock has collaborated with founder Joshua White on performances at Tanglewood, Mutek Mexico, Transmediale/CTM Festival (Berlin), Przemiany Festival (Warsaw), Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, New World Symphony for Performa/Art Basel Miami Beach, and the opening of Southampton’s Parrish Museum, among others, with musicians ranging from Manuel Göttsching, MGMT, and Silver Apples, to The Boston Pops, Lou Reed, Terry Riley, and Oneohtrix Point Never. His collaboration with Seth Kirby, creating light art to accompany William Basinski’s Vivian & Ondine has been presented at ISSUE Project Room and The Kitchen as part of Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks festival. At Mighty Robot, an underground music venue which existed in Williamsburg during the early 2000s, helping to launch the careers of bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, and Oneida, Brock served as a member of its A/V Squad, creating projections for literally hundreds of independent rock bands.