ASSEMBLE XII: A Sonic Experiment at the Ace Hotel

The avant-garde collective gathers for another explosive, one-of-a-kind performance in NYC

It’s CMJ week in NYC, meaning the streets are flooded with thousands of artists vying for attention. In a festival that offers more music than anyone can possibly endure, avant-garde performance experiment ASSEMBLE puts on a sonic experience like no other. ASSEMBLE, created by Pat Noecker (who performs as an experimental cell phone musician under the name RAFT), is a series of improvisational collaborative round-robins …

Steve Gunn + Mike Cooper: Pony Blues

Two guitar virtuosos collaborate through RVNG for a Portugal-inspired session, and a Thai ghost story emerges

Cult label RVNG’s conceptual 12-inch series FRKWYS (pronounced “freakways”) pairs young contemporary musicians with groundbreaking predecessors. As there are no limitations on creation, anything can happen—like percussionist David Van Tieghem musically responding to a bulletin board of objects carefully chosen by others. Now in its 11th edition, the latest FRKWYS release pairs guitarist and singer-songwriter Steve Gunn (a former bandmate of Kurt Vile’s but whose …

In the Garden of Sonic Delights, Katonah

Caramoor goes out of its comfort zone to host a series of new outdoor sound art installations

Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts, a sprawling country estate, is known for its outdoor classical and opera offerings—befitting the quiet Westchester town in which it’s located. Though Katonah, NY is just over an hour’s drive from the city, the 90-acre estate transports visitors to another world and time. The grounds are filled with towering trees and open lawns prime for picnicking, and the …