The 2019 season for the Hudson Valley music series Elysium Furnace Works promises to be its most exciting yet. EFW is proud to launch this year's slate of concerts with one of the most remarkable and cutting-edge pianists and composers, Matt Mitchell
. Hailed as “a pianist of burrowing focus and an indispensable fixture of the contemporary vanguard” by The New York Times, “smart and dazzling” by Philadelphia Magazine and “compelling, even startling two-handed abandon” by the Detroit Free Press, Matt Mitchell kicks off EFW's 2019 season with a rare solo performance on Saturday, March 16 at 8 PM.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door—advance tickets are on sale now.
As with all of our concerts, this performance will be held at the acoustically sublime Howland Cultural Center
, located at 477 Main St. in Beacon, NY.
Elysium Furnace Works' 2019 roster embraces a fiercely independent, eclectic diversity, featuring exceptional artists from a wide array of musics. Other concerts EFW will present in 2019 include:
March 29 Mike Baggetta
/ 100 and Zero / 16 Hundred Pound Pig
Called a NY Guitar poet" by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and “beguilingly atmospheric” by Time Out New York, the inimitable guitarist Baggetta leads a truly one-of-a-kind trio featuring the punk rock legend, Minutemen/fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt
, and drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, T Bone Burnett, David Lynch, among many others), unleashing an utterly unique post-genre improvisational groove. Two of the toughest Hudson Valley rock bands, 100 and Zero and 16 Hundred Pound Pig, round out this triple-heavyweight slugfest.
Eszter Balint / Chris Cochrane
Praised as a gifted singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (who) effortlessly combines the raw elements of punk and rock with a gentle sophistication" (John Schaefer, WNYC), musician and iconic indie actress Balint (Stranger Than Paradise, Trees Lounge, Louie, &c.) teams up with the celebrated Downtown guitarist Cochrane (No Safety, Curlew, John Zorn, Thurston Moore, Marc Ribot, &c.) to perform her achingly contemplative songs called funny, weird and wise, and (delivered) with great imagination" (Ann Powers, NY Times).
June 15 Ikue Mori
A pioneering electronic musician whose past collaborators include such major figures as John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Evan Parker and Bill Laswell, Ms. Mori started out as a drummer for the seminal No Wave band DNA with fellow noise trailblazers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright, creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds forever altering the face of rock music. She has been creating uncanny electronic music via laptop, drum machines and other devices in the subsequent decades.
Elysium Furnace Works is a cooperative project co-led by Mike Faloon and James Keepnews. EFW seeks to present the work of vanguard artists in settings as dedicated and uncompromising as the art itself, focusing primarily although not exclusively on live music performances in and around Beacon, NY.
About Matt Mitchell
Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. He currently composes for and leads several ensembles featuring many of the current foremost musicians and improvisers, including Tim Berne, Kim Cass, Kate Gentile, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Travis Laplante, Ava Mendoza, Miles Okazaki, Ches Smith, Chris Speed, Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Tordini, Anna Webber, Dan Weiss. He is an anchor member of several significant creative music ensembles which integrate composed and improvised music, including Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, the Dave Douglas Quintet, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Dan Weiss’s Starebaby, Jonathan Finlayson’s Sicilian Defense, Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse, Kate Gentile’s Mannequins, Mario Pavone’s Blue Dialect Trio, Anna Webber’s Simple Trio, Ches Smith’s We All Break, the Dave King Trio, and Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux. He is also among the core performers of John Zorn’s Bagatelles.
Musicians with whom he performs and has performed include Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls, the Darius Jones Quartet, Jon Irabagon, Michael Attias’ Spun Tree, Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet + 1, Ohad Talmor’s Grand Ensemble, JD Allen, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green’s Apex, Rez Abbasi’s Invocation, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Alessi’s Baida Quartet, Dave King’s Indelicate duo, Amir ElSaffar, Marc Ducret, David Torn, Vernon Reid, Clarence Penn and Penn Station, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Allison Miller, Donny McCaslin, Brad Shepik, and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society.
He has taught extensively with the Brooklyn-based School for Improvisational Music, as well as at the New School, NYU, and the Siena Jazz Workshop. He is also a 2015 recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award and a 2012 recipient of a Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.