Saturday June 30, 7:30pm
Spencer Herbst & Taketo Shimada, Robert Mayson, Loren Connors & Samara Lubelski
Live sound

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Image courtesy of Samara Lubelski

Microscope is very excited to present a night of solo and duo sound performances by New York-based artists Loren Connors, Spencer Herbst, Robert Mayson, Taketo Shimada and Samara Lubelski, who curated the event.

Each of three solo and duo sets combine electronic and acoustic sounds and feature various improvised elements. Lubelski and Connors, collaborating for the first time, perform an improvisation on violin and guitar. Mayson presents the solo work “Drum Stool” which he describes as exploiting “the friction vibrations caused by spinning and grinding the drum throne’s seat against its base”. Herbst & Shimada will conclude the night. The two, who have played together in the group Messages – with Herbst on percussion and Shimada on bass and tambura – are performing live as a duo for the first time.

General admission $10
Members or students w/ ID $8


Samara Lubelski is a songwriter, Singer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Improviser, and Engineer…With a voluminous musical pedigree, the list of artists (individually and collectively) that Lubelski has played/performed/recorded with, reads out like a best-of the who’s who of the art, noise, free, improv, experimental, etc. Hall of Fame, The Tower Recordings, MV and EE, and Thurston Moore are just a few to mention. Her first solo outing, 1997’s In the Valley, was a major installment in the recorded legacy of experimental string music, a dense exploration of drones and resonance. The Fleeting Skiesfollowed in 2004 with a full-band recording of lush psychedelic folk-rock. Since then, Lubelski has released a wonderfully colorful series of albums: Spectacular Of Passages (2005), Parallel Suns (2007), Future Slip (2009), Wavelength (2012), and The Gilded Raid (2016). Ms. Lubelski has also studio-engineered records for Double Leopards, Sightings, and Mouthus, amongst many others. Her current projects include an improvisational duo with Marcia Bassett and a long-standing collaboration with German collective Metabolismus. Additionally, Ms. Lubelski has worked with Thurston Moore on a variety of outings, including playing violin on Mr. Moore’s solo records Trees Outside the Academy and Demolished Thoughts and recording and touring with his band Chelsea Light Moving. Her most recent collaborative album is with Body/Head’s Bill Nace, which came out on Nace’s Open Mouth imprint earlier this year. Flickers At the Station on Drawing Room represents Lubelski’s most current full-length offering.

Loren Connors has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades. His music embraces the underlying aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms. He names abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko as his most important influence.  Connors has performed solo and with many leaders in independent music such as Keiji Haino, Thurston Moore, John Fahey, Jandek, and Kim Gordon. Connors has also on occasion performed with an avant blues band called Haunted House, together with vocalist/lyricist Suzanne Langille, guitarist Andrew Burnes and percussionist Neel Murgai. His recordings have been released on Family Vineyard, Northern Spy, Drag City, Recital, and other labels.

Robert Mayson is a NYC based sound artist and musician from Melbourne Australia, where he completed a BA of Fine Art (Sound) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Robert was part of Melbourne’s 2000’s era DIY noise/rock scene in which he was a member of several touring groups, including Grey Daturas and Whitehorse, and also founded the label Diagnosis Don’t Recordings. Since moving to the USA in 2011 he has performed solo and with the likes of Pete Swanson (as the duo Maggoted), United Waters, Coconuts, Modra, and Degreaser. He is presently a member of the trio The Utter Nots with Masami Tomishisa and Patrick Holmes. Robert currently co-curates Abasement, a monthly experimental music series held at Lower East Side venue Max Fish, with Joe Frivaldi. He also co-founded and co-curates Nocturne, a monthly late-night live music series held at Brooklyn venue Ceremony, with Chip K. Robert’s drone and textural works explore the unintentional sonic properties of musical instruments and non-musical objects, removing context to produce introspective timbral environments.

Taketo Shimada is a visual and sound artist. He was born in Tokyo and moved to New York in 1988. He has lived and worked in Rockaway Beach since 2009.  

Spencer Herbst was born in Colorado and moved to New York in 1994. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.


Microscope Gallery Event Series 2018 is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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