Hear the forthcoming CD 1975 by celebrated composer and improviser, C. SPENCER YEH, while sampling beer by Holyoke’s High & Mighty Beer Company. This special event will take place at the lovely Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain, with all proceeds going to support Non-Event’s Fall season!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
49 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
8 p.m. / $10 (admission + one beer + snacks; we’ll request a small donation for subsequent beer)
Howard Stelzer will also have items for sale from the Intransitive catalogue.
About C. Spencer Yeh’s 1975
1975 is the debut solo album of prickly electro-acoustic miniatures by C. Spencer Yeh. Spacious tone clusters welcome us into Yeh’s private universe, alternating with bouts of clipped vocal fragments. As we move further in, the music grows more intimate and diffuse. Drones give way to delicate rustling and hovering shards of laser-focused feedback. Yeh explains the strategy: “One thing is I really wanted to focus on a certain feeling of stasis. So much of what else I do just kinda pushes and pushes forward. So in a way, 1975 is more vertical than horizontal, even though one can’t escape the horizontal completely. I also wanted to be very transparent, elemental and literal in this album.” The literal is there in the deceptively matter-of-fact titles — “Drone,” “Voice,” “Shrinkwrap from Solo Saxophone CD,” “Two Guitars (2005)” — but knowing which sound source is buried beneath these tones does little to remove the sense of mystery. 1975 is a work of confident, sensual minimalism with unsettling atmosphere.
About High & Mighty
High & Mighty Beer Company began in 2006 as an offshoot of Shelton Brothers beer importing company. Will Shelton took his idea for a novel German-style ale to Paper City Brewery in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Beer of the Gods was born, to extraordinary commercial success, critical acclaim, and unabashed adoration from beer geeks the world over.
Eventually, Will discovered that he enjoyed selling the beer he made even more than he did the splendid beers that Shelton Brothers imports, and in June 2008, he abandoned his brother to focus on making American beer that added an American attitude to the best of European beer styles. The beer is still lovingly made at Paper City, but look for High & Mighty to open a brewery of its own in 2011.
About Aviary Gallery
Aviary is a gallery and artist boutique located in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. It was founded in the spring of 2011 by Lindsay Metivier with the purpose of creating a space for established and emerging artists to share their work with the greater Boston community. Aviary is not intended to be a traditional exhibition space. Aside from serving as a gallery, Aviary offers a curated selection of local art, photography, jewelry, books and crafts. Beyond gallery hours, the space will host workshops, lectures, concerts, film screenings and performances.
Thank you to Intransitive Recordings, High & Mighty Beer Company, and Aviary Gallery for making this event possible!