Deep Tanks is hosting an evening of Poetry and Music of the "Downtown Scene - Longtime contributors to the avant-garde scene based in NYC".
Set 1: 8:00pm Poetry and music with Eric Alter, Staten Island Poet and Kevin Norton, Percussionist.
Set 2: Music by Kevin Norton, Vibraphone, percussion and other noise making, David Watson: guitar and prepared guitar and Chuck Bettis: Laptop electronics.
The Staten Island Poet, Eric Alter is a poet who wrestles with cultural identity and truth; tries to make them submit themselves to a laugh or a gasp from the audience. He is backed by the full credit and standing of Long Island University and holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing. His work has recently been published by Overpass Books, Brooklyn Paramount and Great Weather for Media. He is also a 77.4 ton Sherman tank and a bass player in the band Giga Herbs.
The American percussionist/composer started his career in the late mid/late 1970s with the legendary jazz bassist, Milt Hinton after meeting Hinton at Hunter College. Norton went to Manhattan School of Music for his Masters of Music degree with a concentration in orchestral percussion. After graduation Norton became involved with the so-called Dowtown NYC music scene. Norton played percussion in Fred Frith’s Keep the Dog, which also included John Zorn and Zeena Parkins in its personnel. Soon Norton became an in-demand percussionist on the scene, playing with musicians to numerous to list here. Norton spent 10 years as Anthony Braxton’s main percussionist in various ensembles from jazz quartets to large orchestras. Norton has released over 15 CDs as a leader or co-leader on labels such as Clean Feed, FMR, Barking Hoop, CIMP, Music & Arts, Cadence & Leo. Kevin composed For Guy Debord (in nine events) for quintet and woodwind soloist (originally Anthony Braxton) based on the texts of the radical French philosopher and Change Dance (Troubled Energy) which draws it’s inspiration from another radical political activist, Kathy Change (born Kathleen Chang), both approximately hour-long suites and both released on Barking Hoop (1999 & 2001, respectively).
Originally from New Zealand Watson has been living and working in New York City since 1987. He plays guitars and Highland Bagpipes, developing a highly original set of works for the later. Watson has performed and/or recorded with John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay, Robert Ashley, Rhys Chatham, Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori. Before moving to New York, Watson formed Braille Records (in collaboration with other New Zealanders) to document the local experimental music scene. He organized national improvisational festivals and the Artspace/alt.music Festival to present new experimental music to critical music in Auckland. Watson has an extensive background in collaboration with choreogrpahers, notably Jeremy Nelson, Luis Lara, Yves Musard, Daria Fain and Osmany Tellez. Watson released his disc Throats (Ecstatic Peace recordings) and a double CD Fingering an Idea (Phill Niblock’s XI records) to critical acclaim. The Wire magazine described Fingering an Idea as, “magnificent” stating, “nobody has heard anything quite like this before.” Along with his solo work he has a long-standing trio with Lee Ranaldo and drummer Tony Buck. Watson can also be heard on several Tzadik recordings, most prominently B /Side and Hex Kitchen under Ikue Mori’s leadership.
Was raised in the fertile harDCore soil, nourished within Baltimore's enigmatic avant-garde gatherings, and currently blossoming in New York's downtown musical tribe. His unique blend of electronics and throat has lead him into various collaborations. He has performed live with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Jamie Saft, and Afrirampo to name a few. Some of the musicians Bettis has recorded and played live with are as follows; Ikue Mori, Nautical Almanac, Audrey Chen, Yellow Swans, Toshio Kajiwara, Mick Barr, etc, plus a long history of punk bands he was in (most notably the experimental punk band Meta-matics as well as the enigmatic All Scars). Currently he is working on many of his experimental projects such as Mossenek with Mick Barr, Brown Wing Overdrive with Mikey IQ Jones & Derek Morton, Mudang Rouge with Jerry Lim & Evan Rapport, Period with Mike Pride & Charlie Looker, Hell Hoarse with Brendan Murray, Pretty Clicks with Berangere Maximin, and Chatterblip with Dafna Naphtali, in addition to improvising, recording, or composing with an array of musicians from around the world.
NYSCA Encore: This program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by Staten Island Arts.
Deep Tanks Studio, at 150 Bay Street, is a full service photographic studio / art space and is part of Second Saturday Staten Island. Directions: 3 blocks south of the SI Ferry, corner of Central Ave and Bay St. by Victory Blvd.