CHAMPAGNE SEQUINS- sound
AMY LAWLESS - words
THE SPOOKFISH (with Rob Cerrato) - sound & images
SATURDAY, MAY 18th
LA SALA — 58 N3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York (in the back of Cantina Royal)
DOORS AT 8pm
CHAMPAGNE SEQUINS is the musical persona of Brooklyn based artist/engineer Wesley Marcarelli. Wes designs and builds all of the instruments used in his performances, which currently includes a drum machine/radio synth, ambient drone sequencer, and tone generator. “Summonings” is the latest release from Champagne Sequins, and is available on cassette and as a digital download through Tiger Asylum Records.
AMY LAWLESS is the author of two collections of poetry: My Dead (Octopus Books, 2013) and Noctis Licentia (Black Maze Books, 2008). She received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011. Poems are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2013 and The Bakery. Her reviews have appeared in Delirious Hem, HTML Giant, and BOMB Magazine.
THE SPOOKFISH is a lo-fi project / musical journal that Dan Goldberg has kept active since 2007 while living in Brooklyn, NY; Busan, South Korea; Portland, Oregon; and currently Jersey City, NJ. It is an attempt to record spontaneous moments and subconscious melodies. He primarily uses woozy synthesizers, drum beats, and an acoustic guitar. He also regularly hosts shows that revolve around hikes in New York. He will be releasing a split with Cuddle Formation this summer on Patient Sounds.
Live visuals by Rob Cerrato.
8:42 am • 15 May 2013 • 1 note
NOAH WALL - sound & images
DANIEL KLAG - sound
MICHAELA DAVIES - sound
SATURDAY, APRIL 20th
LA SALA — 58 N3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York (in the back of Cantina Royal)
DOORS AT 8pm
Noah Wall is a musician and artist living in Brooklyn. Wall released the Hèloïse LP in 2011 and is currently finishing a new solo album, as well as a collaboration with Megafortress. Live performance straddles line between structure and improvisation and varies greatly in instrumentation - wine glasses, synth, voice, guitar, percussion, etc. Wall’s latest project Home Drone is an interactive drone for air organ, household objects and Vine. http://noahwall.com/
Daniel Klag is an ambient musician residing in NYC, spreading the world with lush noise-tinged slow-motion soundscapes. Daniel has recently released his second full-length album Inner Earth, his first on the cassette format, via Constellation Tatsu. This follows his 2011 LP Weird Fiction from Czech label AMDISCS. http://danielklag.bandcamp.com/
Michaela Davies maintains a multi-disciplinary art practice across installation, sculpture, sound, music, performance and video. Her work is informed by an interest in the role of both psychological and physical agency in creative processes.
Michaela’s recent work uses sound sources such as live percussion and sonified data to control motor function in performers via electric muscle stimulation (EMS), with performances at Sydney Opera House (Sydney, 2012), Manhattan School of Music (New York, 2012), La Sala (New York, 2012), Tape Projects (Melbourne, 2012), Mona Foma festival (Tasmania, 2012), The Red Rattler Theatre (Sydney, 2012) Vivid festival Places and Spaces (Sydney, 2012), The NOW now (Sydney 2012), Xplore festival (Sydney, 2011), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, 2010) and CSIRO Discovery Centre (Canberra, 2010). Her work, Subsoma (2010), was developed with the support of National Science Week and While Rome Burns (2012) toured with the support of Arts NSW. Michaela is currently developing new sound and installation/performance works with support from Australia Council for the Arts. http://www.michaeladavies.net/
9:34 pm • 16 April 2013 • 2 notes
:<> Diamond Mouth Surprise presents a special night of music celebrating two new releases and four great acts.
BLOOD REVENGE (w/ members of NYMPH, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, & Megafortress) - Blood Revenge cassette on Patient Sounds
ASHLEY PAUL - Line The Clouds LP on REL Records
DAVID FIRST with JEANANN DARA & JOSH MILLROD
SATURDAY, MARCH 30th
LA SALA — 58 N3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York (in the back of Cantina Royal)
DOORS AT 8pm
7:25 pm • 21 March 2013 • 4 notes
ELI KESZLER - sounds
BIANCA STONE - words & images
LINCOLN MICHEL & GRIER DILL - words & images
MARCH 2nd/8PM/FREE/LA SALA (58 N3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York)
The Thirtieth Year of Diamond Mouth Surprise
People still called Diamond Mouth Surprise young, but even though Diamond Mouth Surprise could measure no change in her beautiful face, she was suddenly unsure whether she could pass herself off as young without being laughed at.
Up until the thirtieth year, Diamond Mouth Surprise tried something new every day, seeing for yourself so many possibilities, thinking you had the potential to become almost everything all at once, with your cigarette between your fingers, laughing in a pretty chair.
In the thirtieth year, Diamond Mouth Surprise became even more susceptible to accidents, not because we were more reckless, but because we had exhausted many of the opportunities and ideas we thought would make us happy.
In the thirtieth year, Diamond Mouth Surprise heard what they believed to be a chorus of children singing in a cavernous room, but when they followed the sound to a low basement, the singing stopped and all they found were pallets and crates and insects scattering from the light of their torch.
In the thirtieth year, Diamond Mouth Surprise got into riskier cars driven by riskier people.
In the thirtieth year Diamond Mouth Surprise began actually reading her peers, found a white hair in her head and ate it, developed a taste for pickles and cheese, joined a chorus, smoked a billion cigarettes, slept with strangers in cars, admired her beautiful face, and walked outside during a hurricane.
Without knowing it, Diamond Mouth Surprise became inexplicably tolerable to many who avoided him before the thirtieth year.
ELI KESZLER is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he studied composition with Anthony Coleman and Ran Blake. He has collaborated with Phill Niblock, Roscoe Mitchell, Tony Conrad, Joe McPhee, Loren Connors, Jandek, and many others, and has recorded more than a dozen CDs and LPs for ESP-DISK, REL, and PAN.
Keszler’s installations employ piano wires of varying lengths; these are struck, scraped, and vibrated by microprocessor-controlled motorized arms, giving rise to harmonically complex tones that are percussive yet resonant. These installations are heard on their own and with accompanying ensemble scores. Said Keszler in a NPR All Songs Considered interview, “I like to work with raw material, simple sounds, primitive or very old sounds; sounds that won’t get dated in any way.” In addition, the patterns formed by the overlapping piano wires allow Keszler to create visual components that relate directly to the music, without having to use projections or other electronic equipment.
His installations have appeared at Eyebeam (NYC), Boston Center for the Arts, Nuit Blanche NYC and the Shreveport MSPC New Music Festival with upcoming projects at the Tektonic festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, an installation for the Gaudeamus Festival at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, and a performance at Barbican in London.
BIANCA STONE is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently I Saw The Devil With His Needlework (Argos Books), and the poetry-comic I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press). Stone is the editor of Monk Books, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks of poetry and art, and is also a regular contributor for The The Poetry Blog. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, Crazyhorse, and Tin House. Stone collaborated with Anne Carsonon Antigonick (2012), a new kind of comic book and translation. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, poet Ben Pease, and their cat.
LINCOLN MICHEL was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn. He is a founding editor of Gigantic. Fiction in NOON, BOMB, Oxford American, Indiana Review, Tin House, Hobart, and elsewhere. Essays in Tin House, The Believer, Oxford American, Bookforum, The Rumpus, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. Sometime DJ, sometime cartoonist, fairly frequent tweeter.
GRIER DILL- Grier Dill is a video artist and animator. He lives in NYC.
8:21 pm • 19 February 2013 • 4 notes
presented by Diamond Terrifier, :<> Diamond Mouth Surprise, and Public Assembly
Monday, January 28th
FREE! | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
Public Assembly | 70 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn
Megafortress/Diamond Terrifier Duo
DJ Artanker (Late set)
7:13 pm • 22 January 2013 • 4 notes
We teamed with Diamond Terrifier and Public Assembly to help curate the first two PRACTICE! shows of 2013. Come out tomorrow, Monday 1/21 for a really incredible lineup. Details for 1/28 coming soon!
presented by Diamond Terrifier, Diamond Mouth Surprise,
& Public Assembly
FREE | 8pm | Public Assembly
70 N 6th Street, Brooklyn NY
Sam Hillmer, Greg Fox, Patrick Higgins, & special guest
Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul
Adam Schatz & Kid Millions
8:40 pm • 20 January 2013 • 2 notes
DEC 8 8PM FREE
LA SALA 58 N3rd Street Brooklyn
KRISTIN HATLEBERG movement
ASHLEY PAUL sound
NATHANIEL SULLIVAN performance
In this month of gifts and surprises, become your own Diamond Mouth Surprise, with biogeochemical guidance from Kristin Hatleberg, Nathaniel Sullivan, and Ashley Paul.
…I have begun to hear them again, very clearly, the sobs that I was strong enough to contain in front of my father and that broke out only when I found myself alone with Diamond Mouth Surprise. It is only because life is now becoming quieter around me that I can hear them again, like the convent bells covered so well by the clamor of the town during the day, that had never stopped, that one would think had ceased altogether, but which begin sounding again in the silence of the evening.
Early fall exists; aftertaste, afterthought;/seclusion and angels exist;/widows and elk exist; every/detail exists; memory, memory’s light;/Diamond Mouth Surprise; oaks, elms,/junipers, sameness, loneliness exist;/eider ducks, spiders, and vinegar/exist, and the future, the future
—-Ashley PaulThe foreign children, whom nature has endowed more generously with the virtue of inquisitiveness, are curious to know the name of the place. Their parents tell them or it is spelled out by their nurses, amas, bonnes, Frauleins, or perhaps by a passing sailor on his way to some maneuver: Diamond Mouth Surprise, Sorpresa de Diamante de Boca, Surprise de Bouche de Diamant, Diamantmundüberraschung—an
d so they come to know what they did not know before, and that is what they knew already, nothing, merely a name…
—-Nathaniel SullivanKRISTIN HATLEBERG
- Brooklyn based composer/ multi-instrumentalist Ashley Paul uses a unique mixture of saxophone, clarinet, voice, prepared strings, bowed percussion and bells to create a mash of understated clatter, floating melodies and psycho-acoustic experiments. She combines these disparate elements to compose introverted songs and intuitive forms.http://ashleypaul.net/NATHANIEL SULLIVAN
occupies the unsteady territory between truth and fiction, myth and history. In work ranging from performance, video, books and walking tours, he builds narratives that weave a patchwork of historical fact, rumor and personal subjectivity that in the end, build an imagined history. His personas - at once impassioned and ironic - combine professorial sensibilities with maniacal fantasies. The work makes it clear that in fact there are consequences to taking one’s pleasures liberally, without reserve. Pleasure deranges as efficiently as pain. http://nathanielsullivan.net/
7:12 pm • 3 December 2012
Thank you all so much for coming out to our latest show, it was a great night. And thanks for your efforts in donating items for the storm relief. We went out to Rockaways to distribute the goods you brought and gave them our labor for the day on Sunday.
As it turns out, we met and started helping a musician Paul and his elderly father Jack at Beach 146th. Jack is a collector and has hundreds of horns, Paul is a jazz musician and has played with the likes of Les Paul and Keith Richards. We helped clear our their garage and clean instruments, and need to start tearing down drywall. This is total devastation for this family and they need help.
We ask anybody that can assist with us this Sunday to please come out, especially if you have expertise or knowledge of drywall demolition and instrument cleaning. If you are interested, what we need most of all are rides. If you have a car, it will prove valuable in getting our efforts to Jack and Paul. If you cannot come this week, I assure you this will be ongoing and we would love to have you join us. Love to you all. Please email Kyle at email@example.com.
1:45 pm • 13 November 2012
NOV 10th/8PM/LA SALA
FREE AS ALWAYS
58 N3rd Street Brooklyn
Comfort and Relief
Dear friends, please come out this Saturday for a special Diamond Mouth Surprise. We know that you are all still getting your lives back together and that many of you are working very hard to help other people get their lives together. Please join us for a little break, in which three of our favorite performers in this town will help you rest your bones.
• DIAMOND TERRIFIER will soothe your deepest nerves by
channeling light from the crab nebula and converting
• MICHELLE LEVY will open the door to the ocean of
dreams with a hypnotic performance of Cornucopia
• The words and voice of SAMPSON STARKWEATHER will
shroud you in the dark velour of space and return you
to the distant planet where life first occurred in the
We will be collecting supplies for delivery to the places where people are continuing to restore their lives and homes to a semblance of what they had before the storm. We will be collecting cleaning supplies (brooms, mops, work gloves, respirator masks) as well as other needed things, to be determined as the week progresses. We will be making trips the following day to deliver goods to places still in need.DIAMOND TERRIFIER
is Sam Hillmer of ZS.Diamond Terrifier is Sam’s saxophone and electronics solo incarnation.Named after the english translation of the indo-tibetan god-name Vajrabairahva, Diamond Terrifier is concerned with the potential positive qualities of destruction as mediated by noise/drone sheets of sound music.Diamond Terrifier’s debut release ‘Himalayan Appalachia’ appeared this past September and is soon to be followed by the follow up tape ‘Shrine Flu’ on Words+Dreams.This coming fall Diamond Terrifier’s first full length effort will be inaugurated on Brooklyn avant killers Northern Spy label.‘KILL THE SELF THAT WANTS TO KILL YOUR SELF’ is due out September 2012 and will be produced by the formidable rocker Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. In the mean season, Diamond Terrifier will be playing hella shows in and around New York, across North America, and beyond…MICHELLE LEVY
is a Brooklyn-based artist whose fascination with particular characters (real and fictional) along with a curiosity about contemporary notions of faith, have led her to adopt a role of storyteller, mythmaker, medium. Her presenations, performances, visuals and text muddle fantasy and reality in order to explore the nature of these obsessions in a collective and relatable way, coaxing us into a space where anything is possible. She has been an arts administrator and curator in New York City for twelve years, and is inspired by a continual stream of bizarre and lovely characters. http://www.michelle-levy.com/SAMPSON STARKWEATHER
is the author of Self Help Poems, The Heart is Green from So Much Waiting, City of Moths and The Photograph. He played professional soccer in New Zealand and was an editor of physics and chemistry books, currently he is the Publications Coordinator at the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center. He lives in Brooklyn, and is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press.
9:56 pm • 5 November 2012 • 3 notes
DIAMOND MOUTH SURPRISE STADIUMS & SHRINES
ONE SONG is a continuous song, passed from artist to artist. Join Diamond Mouth Surprise and Stadiums & Shrines as we present a wholly new spontaneous musical composition in unbroken form.
For if anyone has written or said anything about Diamond Mouth Surprise, it was all with obscurities and conjectures; no one claims that they had seen it; from which it seemed like fables.
The Diamond Mouth Surprise is a power not a work. A struggle not a thought. Diamond Mouth Surprise is not in the throat. Diamond Mouth Surprise climbs through the soles of the feet. It is not ability but living style, ancient and spontaneous, blood creation. It requires a living body to interpret it, being forms that are born, die, and open their contours against an exact present.
Let processions be solemnized; let sacred stadiums and shrines be wrought; let them be covered with festive garlands.
BLOOD REVENGE is Ben Felton’s love affair with guitar-generated drones and melodies. Through a heavily effected haze emerge songs that could be the soundtrack to your underwater field trip into the abyss.
EOLA is Edwin Mathis White, a singing project begun in March 2010 after moving back to Brooklyn from Montreal. Edwin also makes music with his brother Andy in the project Tonstartssbandht.
IVY MEADOWS Camilla Padgitt-Coles is a multimedia artist currently working with video, live light shows and sound as Ivy Meadows.
JEANANN DARA is a Brooklyn based violist, violinist, electronic composer, multimedia artist, and curator. She received her undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School and her Masters degree in Multimedia Composition at New York University. She is a leading freelance violist playing with ensembles such as Wordless Music Orchestra and is an experienced lecturer with institutions such as UC Irvine, NYU, and festivals throughout Italy, Spain and Romania.
MEGAFORTRESS is New York musician Bill Gillim. Gillim uses voice, live and sampled winds and bells to create a sonic architecture evocative of cathedrals and rounded corners. His Megafortress ep was released on Software in early 2012. Michael Barron, formerly of Holy Spirits, has recently joined on percussion. http://soundcloud.com/megafortress
M. SAGE is Matthew Sage, a musician from Fort Collins, Colorado. Under the solo alias M. Sage, he crafts ambient suites inspired by light and space. He also plays in bands Kick Majestic and Wellingtons Downs, in addition to running Patient Sounds (intl), a small run/large ambition cassette label and book press.
8:16 pm • 15 October 2012 • 1 note