"Lescalleet fosters community on CD and new concert series"
April 14, 2015
The sixth episode in the continuing saga of Newer Music focuses on Jason Lescalleet, a performer whose work made an impression on me years ago and still does. I recall vividly instances of Lescalleet's visceral, almost violent approach to tape-loop manipulation during New York City encounters with nmperign and Joe Colley, and I've appreciated the recordings he's made since: in particular a brilliant 2CD solo set, Songs About Nothing (my year-end pick for the best record of 2012 in Time Out New York), and rich, mysterious duo projects with Kevin Drumm and Graham Lambkin, all for the Erstwhile Records label.
The article focuses in particular on This Is What I Do, the monthly series of full-length CDs that Lescalleet is releasing via his own record label, Glistening Examples, and on a new quarterly concert series starting this Saturday, April 18, at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH. The series, curated by Dan Hirsch, concentrates on duo projects, including events with Drumm (July 11), Lambkin (October 10), and Aaron Dilloway (December 12). But even among that company, the first concert stands to be something very special indeed: the world premiere of Sonorous Vessels, jointly created by Lescalleet and Olivia Block, and meant as a continuation of Alvin Lucier's Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels.
Coming tomorrow: More from Olivia Block about this new collaboration, exclusively here.
Also coming tomorrow: Jeff Witscher, featured in Newer Music in February, offers an alternative to your Tax Day doldrums with a performance at Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Jamaica Plain (141 Green Street). He's sharing the bill with Eric Frye and Roy Werner (G.S. Sultan); the show gets underway sometime around 8pm, and will set you back a mere $10. More here.