Jupiter Nights: Luke Stewart/MV Carbon/Henry Birdsey/Louise Smith (Visual Art)
DOORS 7 PM / MUSIC 8PM
At the Basilica Gallery Building
108 South Front Street, Hudson, NY 12534 (right next to the main building on our campus)
Food by Local 111
**Plus new visual art exhibit by Hudson artist Louise Smith **
JUPITER NIGHTS – Basilica Hudson’s weekly series of arts events in our Gallery Building – continues with continues with thought-provoking experimental sounds from Luke Stewart, MV Carbon and Henry Birdsey. This show is also the opening for our newest visual art exhibit by Hudson artist Louise Smith.
Luke Stewart is a DC/NYC-based musician and organizer of important musical presentations, and has a strong presence in the national and international Improvised Music community. As a solo artist, he has been compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore real-time harmonic and melodic possibilities.
MORE ABOUT LUKE STEWART
Luke Stewart is a DC/NYC-based musician and organizer of important musical presentations, and has a strong presence in the national and international Improvised Music community. He is noted in Downbeat Magazine in 2020 as one of “25 most influential jazz artists” of his generation. He was profiled in the Washington Post in early 2017 as “holding down the jazz scene,” selected as “Best Musical Omnivore” in the Washington City Paper’s 2017 “Best of DC,” chosen as “Jazz Artist of the Year” for 2017 in the District Now, and in the 2014 People Issue of the Washington City Paper as a “Jazz Revolutionary,” citing his multi-faceted cultural activities throughout DC.
In New York City, Luke collaborated with Arts for Art in hosting the first ever “Free Jazz Convention” to share resources and strategies among the community. He has also performed in a myriad of collaborations and performances in venues such as the Kitchen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pioneer Works, Roulette, and Issue Project Room.
Luke is also a presence in the greater community of Creative Musicians, with regular multi-city ensembles including.
His regular ensembles include Irreversible Entanglements, Heroes are Gang Leaders, and Ancestral Duo, Six Six featuring guitarist Anthony Pirog, and experimental rock duo Blacks’ Myths.
As a solo artist, he has been compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore real-time harmonic and melodic possibilities.
He has performed at many important venues in DC, NYC, and around the world.
As a scholar/performer, he has performed and lectured at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Medgar Evers College, George Mason University, Wayne State University, University of Montana, New Mexico State University, and the University of South Carolina.
He holds a BA in International Studies and a BA in Audio Production from American University, and an MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from the New School.
In 2019, Luke was also a finalist for the Johnson Fellowship, citing his work in changing the musical fabric of Washington, DC.
MV Carbon is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on media manipulation, sonic feedback, sound morphology, and the transformative interrelationship between sound, image, space, and place. Carbon’s music unravels lucid abstractions, weaving dreams into tangibility. Electric cello, voice, magnetic tape, field recordings, oscillators, and synthesizers form alluring and unsettling sonic experiences. Sculptural objects function as musical instruments, amplifying the ritual, rhythm, and momentum embedded in music. Carbon taps into the mystery of the human mechanism, exploring themes such as interchangeability, regeneration, and the transmogrification of mind and matter. Carbon interprets sound as a living organism which has the ability to heighten our senses. https://mvcarbon.com/
Henry Birdsey (Tongue Depressor) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Vermont. His music is often drone-based and usually involves microtonal and just intonation tunings. He plays the pedal steel, lap steel, and bagpipes.
Visual Artist: Louise Smith
Louise Smith lives and works in Hudson, New York. She paints on porous surfaces where she can best express her interest in color and in the deconstruction and disintegration of material and form. The viewer develops an instinct for problem-solving, filling in the blanks, and seeking hidden truths. Louise graduated with a BFA from Bard College and a Post-Baccalaureate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artwork has been exhibited in Mexico City, Washington, D.C. and New York.