ShadowBox – Tickets – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY – January 29th, 2013

ShadowBox

ShadowBox

The Mast, D. Gookin, Nitemoves

Tue, January 29, 2013

8:30 pm

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

ShadowBox
ShadowBox
Brooklyn’s Bonnie Baxter emerges bellowing from a dark sea of sizzling electronics. Kicks and degraded snares fight cascades of bleeps falling delicately over harsh electronics. ShadowBox is powerful, poised… her live act shows a wild and uncontrollable force who at times lets the listener into a delicate and reflective world just for a moment.
“When I was 13 I used to record singing my own words over R&B instrumental tapes or whatever I could get my hands on. Later I got my hands on a right handed acoustic guitar even though I was lefty. So I turned it upside down and taught myself how to play it so I can sing over it.”

Now Bonnie Baxter is a vocalist, instrumentalist, & producer… ShadowBox. Currently residing in Brooklyn NY she draws inspiration from sound sculptures of the 60′s (Daphne Oram/Delia Derbshyre/Tangerine Dream) as well as futurists philosophies, books about metaphysics, space exploration, and the relationship of technology and nature.
Shameem Akthar, author of Hearing the Divine Sound, once remarked “Those of you familiar with quantum physics may be aware that the world as we see it does not exist.” This has been the approach taken by ShadowBox… to create a world beyond the physical. Taking technology and infusing it as a part of her craft as a songwriter. Having drum machines/analog keyboards being an evolutionary extension of herself as she begins to paint on a her digital canvas that is her home studio. Crafting melodies out of thin air from an arsenal of vocal ideas she transcends over electronic beat driven tracks. Plans to head over to the UK in the fall/winter of 2012 are also in the works.
“It may seem strange to some if they hear earlier Bonnie Baxter band material. It was way more Rock oriented back then. It was still dark, but had changed. I’m always changing instinctively,” Baxter explains. Before ShadowBox, she had a live band that performed all over Brooklyn and New York City. Her love of weird eclectic harmonies and music evenlead her to open up for the now disbanded Apes & Androids at Music Hall of Williamsburg. “The band thing was an amazing intense experience but I wanted to strip it all down. Actually, I wanted to tear it down.” Taking a year to herself, Bonnie spent time experimenting with electronic drum machines, keyboards, guitar pedals, sequencing software, and vocal manipulation. And used this technology with her unique songwriting style. “It’s a cliche I know but, I traded in my guitar for a drum machine and that’s really the birth of ShadowBox.”
After hibernating, ShadowBox began testing her songs out live in Brooklyn’s dirty DIY underground trenches. She booked her own tour to 2011 SXSW with a 3 song demo in her back pocket. The demo was titled “Lady Doome” and was picked up by Pitchfork, who deemed one of the tracks “…a gritty, suicide-indebted earworm from that release.” Maintaining focus, Bonnie stepped back slightly to finish writing songs that would end up on the Haunted By Colors EP which was co-produced with long time collaborator, Icky Doome who also performs live with ShadowBox.
“The title Haunted by Colors was inspired by the vivid dreams I was having at the time where no dialogue was present, just these reoccurring images that would naggingly imprint themselves into my head,” Bonnie describes. “Also, the anxieties and fears of waking life.”
The Mast
The Mast
The Brooklyn-based duo The Mast is vocalist and instrumentalist Haleh Gafori and percussionist and beat maker Matt Kilmer. Influenced by early IDM, post dubstep, and experimental beat music as well as acts like Mount Kimbie, Massive Attack, and Bonobo, the band creates a warm and inviting sound that propels the body to dance and soaks the mind in a bath of endorphins. In their live shows, The Mast creates a full-spectrum sonic experience incorporating live electronics, percussion, and vocal improvisation within and between songs enabling the spontaneity they were accustomed to as instrumentalists.

Haleh and Matt have also taken charge of creating the visual element of The Mast, directing, editing, and occasionally filming the videos themselves. Their most recent video “So Right” premiered in Interview Magazine, was featured in the Huffington Post and USA Today, and was chosen as Tubefilter’s must-see video alongside Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife.” Their video “UpUpUp” which features a pop and lock dancer in butoh-esque body paint and beat-synced projections screened at Bumbershoot, was featured on Pitchfork, and has gotten over 350,000 views on Youtube.

Before they became The Mast Haleh and Matt toured all over the US as well as in Europe and Canada, playing venues and festivals such as Bonnaroo, the Mimi Fest in Marseilles, the David Byrne-curated series at Carnegie Hall, Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and the Hillside Festival in Canada. Upon returning, they settled back in Brooklyn, built a studio, and began concocting a new sound. The first incarnation of their new band led to the 2011 release Wild Poppies which featured them on percussion and electric guitars.

While on tour, they began incorporating some of the electronic songs they had been making in their studio and eventually the infinite sonic palette that electronic music afforded was too seductive to let go of. Their exploration culminated in the new album Pleasure Island which was released on Jan 28, 2014 on Channel A Records.
D. Gookin
D. Gookin
The witty lyrics and expansive arrangements of D. Gookin dazzle the mind and fill the soul with the notion of infinite potential via synth patches.
Nitemoves
Nitemoves is the electronic guise and internet handle of musician/sound designer Rory O'Connor. While supporting other electronic artists as a drummer (Tycho, Com Truise), O'Connor quietly composed his debut release, 'Longlines', in 3-6 hour chunks occupying the back seat of a moving car.

Championing influence from Satie, Jenkinson, & Corgan, the work was composed with the whole in mind, rather than a collection of isolated microcosms. It is a conscious endeavor in variety and continuity, attempting to bridge the gap between influences that have a tendency to contradict each other.

Written amid a period of introspection and wanderlust, it reinstalls the idea of the folk musician: traveling the country while funneling inspiration from all directions in an attempt to tell a story, to paint a picture of time passing. The title itself reflects an exercise in patience, constructing populations of simple melodies and rhythms, permitting them time to grow alongside each other and form complex relationships.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.theglasslands.com/