INDEX Festival: Blues to Drone Service
The Cloctower Gallery and ARTonAIR.org host the INDEX Festival’s Blues to Drone Service.
Featuring Paul Metzger, David First with John Colpitts, and Lary Seven, Blues to Drone Service was a rare opportunity to witness these four quintessential sound innovators render the unique personalities embodied in their customized instruments.
Blues to Drone Service is part of INDEX, a festival of individuals and groups actively engaged media culture that strives blur the vocabulary of science and art, dissect contemporary media culture, and further the multi textural-international landscape. For more information please visit INDEXfestival.com.
David First is known for his dense, mesmerizing drone structures, as well as his intense, minimalist approach to the guitar, First has long been a pivotal figure in the world of experimental music.
John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as a drummer. As a member of Oneida, Colpitts has collaborated on, written and recorded over 150 songs and instrumentals on 11 full length albums and as many short-form releases. In 2010 Colpitts founded the drum Ensemble Man Forever to perform his experimental drum compositions that utilize carefully tuned drums combined with aggressive and extended performances.
Paul Metzger plays a heavily modified 23 string banjo. His sonic vocabulary ranges from “deeply satisfying & impulsive outer cosmos ragadelia to clangorous, rapidly punctuated percussive workouts”. Metzger has been described as a virtuoso and a visionary whose live performances are vital, deeply visceral and simply breathtaking.
Lary Seven is a multimedia alchemist able to coax profane, inscrutable sounds and images from numerous and mysterious devices. His work has been described as that of a magician or scientist — one who may not always be certain of the outcome, but who is determined to see it through to its (il)logical end.
Blues to Drone Service is curated by Victoria Keddie.