Maplehouse Collective Presents...
Zaïmph is the solo project of artist, musician and performer Marcia Bassett. Zaïmph’s recordings and performances shimmer with a dense, dissonant and often unsettling electronic aura, shot through with flashes of meditative beauty. Her preferred sonic toolkit includes prepared guitar, keyboard, cracked drum machines, custom-built noise/drone boxes, processed environmental sounds and tabletop effects. Bassett’s releases have appeared on a variety of underground labels including Hospital Productions, Utech Records, Volcanic Tongue and No Fun. Although Bassett has released a number of recordings on her now-retired Heavy Blossom imprint, she continues to showcase Zaïmph and other aesthetically allied projects on Yew, a label she founded in 2012. As a co-founder of Philadelphia’s shambolic psychonauts un, tectonic drone pioneers Double Leopards, and the psych-folk drone trio GHQ, Bassett is deeply entwined with the American noise underground, and has mapped regions still only dimly understood by subsequent sonic travelers. From 2003-2008, Bassett joined Matthew Bower in Hototogisu, where her mastery of cacophonous eardrum shred achieved monolithic proportions.
“It would be tough to write a history of the last two decades in underground music without including Marcia Bassett … and any angle would have to include Zaïmph, Bassett’s solo project. Through small-run releases on numerous labels including her own, Heavy Blossom), Zaïmph has carved out a unique take on decaying feedback, assaultive fuzz, echoey ambience, and abstract expression.” – Marc Masters, Pitchfork, The Out Door
Barry Weisblat was born in Brooklyn in 1975 and remains one of the unsung heroes of deep and investigative sound. thought. beyond a long-running commitment to participating in the underground's underground of improvisation and a dynamic sense of musical conversation, Weisblat has extended his reach and pool of knowledge beyond rubbing the surface of the black box of sound to designing and implementing his own systems. Translating light into sound, sound into action, action into thought, and thought into light, Weisblat's ceaseless curiosity and simultaneous obsessive desire to participate and join in dialogue has pushed his output farther out than most people can see or conceive of. Some collaborations include work with Michael Bernstein, Margarida Garcia, Andrew Lafkas, Toshio Kajiwara, Matt Valentine, Theo Angell, Otomo Yoshide, Mattin, Tim Barnes, Greg Pope, Toshi Nakamura, Sean Meehan, and Dion Workman.
Abstract Human is Maya Miller and Michael Bernstein's new group. After Double Leopards and Religious Knives they have spent their 5 year hiatus listening to mostly early 60s jazz and modern R&B. Come dig the result.
Nate Nelson lives in Baltimore. He has been kicking out the "confusion rock" jams since well before friendster. You were probably partying too hard back then, but you may or may not have some blurry memory of Mouthus, Religious Knives, Crazy Dreams Band and many others too numerous and patchy to get into. He was in those. This guy has also performed solo as Afternoon Penis once in a while for over a decade in spite of his better judgement. Currently the drummer for Lower Dens, he wants you to understand that this is nothing like that. If you have been in town for more than a few years he may well have made you breakfast. His hair can get really big, and it is right now. His solo music might be likened to a hazy and/or greasy electronic puzzle sprawling across the table in a half-assembled state. Could that be a spaceship or a tugboat? He performs solo here under his own name for the first time, but only by accident.
WHEN: Saturday March 11, 8pm
COST: $10 suggested donation