The Super Coda presents Yellow Back Radio Break Down at Spectrum – 9/14

Spectrum – 121 Ludlow st. 2nd fl.
Doors @ 8p, performances 9p – late
Beer and Wine available for donation
5-15$ suggested donation for performers.

Round two of the Super Coda’s weekly Friday night Residency at Spectrum features legendary musician Jameel Moondock, legendary artist/musician Michael Hafftka, legendary noisemaker Crank Sturgeon, legendary performance artist Miles Pflanz, legendary guitar virtuoso Dave Scanlon….and Valerie Kuehne, who is feeling legendary only insofar as she appears to have memorized the entire libretto to Sweeney Todd.

There will be a surprise object/idea/quotation/foodstuff present for the artists to incorporate into their sets. Have an idea? message me at Collaboration is fun.

JAMEEL: Moondock’s unorthodoxies are deeply rooted in a knowledge of, and profound feeling for his craft. Moondoc’s heavily vocalized sound on alto combines the sharp edge of Jackie McLean with a gentleness of tone reminiscent of Joe Henderson. He manipulates timbre as expressively as Albert Ayler. The vivid animation and emotionalism of his playing again recall Ayler, along with another of Black Music’s great exponents, the South African musician Dudu Pukwana. Moondoc’s rhythmic concept, delivery, and sense of space are completely unique; his phrases slip and wobble prankishly, forming impossible, oblique shapes while somehow holding to a melodic line. Moondoc gives everything he does an old-world, future-world, other-world plurality. Moondoc is one of the most singular players in music, and one of its most eloquent and communicative storytellers.

MICHAEL: is a visual artist and musician. Hafftka’s artwork is represented in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Housatonic Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and other public collections. Hafftka played piano as a child and now plays predominantly guitar. As Defective Chords Hafftka released on the Six Gallery Press label,, Deployment (2003), an instrumental duo with Adrian Morgan, Root (2007), a solo guitar, Feeding Goats (2011), an avant-garde ensemble with Arieh Scharnberg and Yonat Hafftka, A Sheltering Endless Motion (2012) with Yonat Hafftka and Victor Grinenco, and Dyad (2012) with Victor Grenenco. Hafftka joined Jandek for its most recent performances in NY. Hafftka is collaborating with musicians around the globe and has several projects in the works.

MILES: Miles Pflanz is a sculptor currently living Brooklyn, NY. Orphaned at age nine. High school varsity basketball MVP. Most significant performances site specific and not related to any institution

CRANK: Crank Sturgeon has been active in performance, installation, and sound art since the early 1990’s. A comical conceptualist, Crank is something of a misnomer: whether blending pun with the profane, or transforming the precious into an oil spill, a Sturgeon performance defies categorization. Accompanied by ridiculous costuming, pointed instructions and parables (gone awry), and even the occasional dirigible or two, these elements intertwine, transforming into space-defying interventions, and invariably involving audience participation. More than just possessing a predilection for the absurd, Crank wears the goggles of the perpetual optimist: infusing his processes with a classical struggle, and yet always with a leery salmon grin, awash in an undertow of delicious and celebratory noise…

DAVE: I was once a bear. Life for such an animal is simply preparing for winter and enduring it. In my animal mind it was decided that I would not stand for this continuous cycle any longer. I was going to find a way to hold back the approaching winter. After the winter thaw, spring, and early summer leading to the solstice. The first thing that would change is that my diet moved from roots to berries. The revelation occurred to me that if I continue on a diet of roots the summer would be unable to progress. As that summer matured and the berries ripened I would approach the plants with confidence and say “I have seen the creator.” Also, without the coming winter there was no need to hunt. Life can be sustained on roots if the body fat for hibernation is not needed. Throughout that summer as prey presented itself and my instincts said to hunt I restrained myself and softly said “I have seen the creator.” The days inevitably grew shorter. The foliage changed color. I saw that I had mistaken but sadly there was no time. I had not prepared for the winter. By the time the dropping temperatures forced me into hibernation I knew that my death laid ahead. As I passed the gods took interest. Touched by my faith and discipline but angered by the ignorance in it, the gods had me reborn in human form so that I may understand that the reason for my mistake was that I saw the world only in relationship to myself.


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