• Friday
    • 8:00pm
  • PAS presents: A night at Theaterlab 

    Curated by Lawry Romani

    $12 cover with complimentary wine (while it lasts)137 W 14th St. between 6th and 7th Aves.
    New York, NY 10011
    Philippe Petit

    Not musically trained/educated I lie outside the Classical genre but my scores incorporate traditional classical components in a predominantly unconventional manner which recently allowed me to join in Jean-Paul Dessy's prestigious Musique Nouvelle ensemble, as well as the European Chamber Orchestra. Fortunate enough to work with what people call a dream-team of collaborators, joining Lydia Lunch, Murcof, Cindytalk, PAS or Faust onstage, and on records with: Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Simon Fisher Turner, Kumo, Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), Murcof, My Brightest Diamond, Sybarite, Foetus, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Scanner, Cindytalk, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Guapo, Leafcutter John, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), ASVA, Jarboe and many more...

    PAS is a group out to create musical collages through the form of abstract sound. Their name refers metaphorically to those who have been aborted by society, because their point of view doesn’t fit in the constraints of “normal” society. The term also refers the negative form in French, metaphorically negating everything that is established to start from a new beginning. The viewpoint fuels our creativity to create our own world of beauty. Since our inception the band has been interested in making music from the fringes of perception, creating soundscapes that aren’t defined by any particular conventions or viewpoints. The aesthetic underpinnings are defined by the notion that music can be whatever the ear perceives. It’s a conception fueled by the love of life and art. It’s a desire for honest artistic self-expression. The compositions themselves are more akin to soundscapes than “songs” in the traditional sense. There are no clearly defined melodies, no structural landmarks that give you any sense of traditional anchor. This is not music making with any sense of or desire for commercial viability, but sonic sculptures in the mode of pure art.
    PAS started in 1995 out of Brooklyn, NY, USA, driven by the creative talents of Robert L. Pepper working in the mediums of sound and video. Since then PAS has evolved into a collective with many different instrumentations and lineups. Permanent members include Amber Brien, Jon “Vomit” Worthley, Michael Durek,. Guests and occasional collaborators include, ZEV!, HATI, Steve Beresford, Matt Chilton (Vultures), Anthony Donovan (Vultures), Rapoon, Loop B, Blue Sausage Infant, Philippe Petit, and many others.

    David First

    David Firstʼs musical life is filled with opposites and extremes. At the age of twenty he played guitar with renowned avant-jazz pianist Cecil Taylor in a legendary Carnegie Hall concert. Two years after that he was creating electronic music as an “after-hours” artist-in-residence at Princeton University and leading a Mummerʼs String Band in Philadelphia parades. He has played in raucous drunken bar bands and in pin-drop quiet concert halls with classical ensembles. As a composer First has created everything from finely crafted pop songs to long, severely minimalist drone-works. His performances often find him sitting trance-like without seeming to move a muscle, unless he is playing with his recently re-formed psychedelic punk band, Notekillers, at which time he is a whirling blur of hyperactive energy. First has been called "a fascinating artist with a singular technique" in the New York Times, and "a bizarre cross between Hendrix and La Monte Young" in the Village Voice. His most recent projects include the band MATTER WAVES with Bernard Gann (Liturgy) & Kid Millions (Oneida) and SWATi - a monthly collaboration at Worksong Chinese Medicine with acupuncturist Isobeau Trybula.
    Z I L M R A H 

    A semi hermetic collaborative formed by Lawry Romani for the reason of utilizing sharp ideas, unique musicians, sound sculptures reinterpreted into the sound spectrum with new life and purpose. Many a great bill has been shared with some fantastic bands, all of which are worth mentioning but we won't because this is about us not them (respectfully). The ZILMRAH sound fluctuates primarily between Drone and Free Noise and is very open palette. Our members past and present have come from a wide array of genre: Lawry Romani , Marc Edwards (Cecil Taylor), Ernest Anderson (Slipstream Time Travel), David Tamura (Von Lmo, Jazzfakers) , Grady Gerbracht (Ideosynchronic), Stephen Moses (Alice Donut), Michael Durek (PAS), Brett Zweiman (Queen Elephantine), Orgone Dusted, John Piergeorgi (Spreaders), John Loggia, Randy Carter (ARU), Andy Nightengale (STM), Eric Black (Magic Zorillo, Nico Diaz (Neud Photo), Scott Owen (Spreaders), Patrick Guden (Invisible Hand), Robert Pepper (PAS), Jason Hoover (Vor Onus) amongst other friends of change.
    Long Distance Poison

    "Long Distance Poison present an irresistible concoction of convergent psychedelic and analog electronic energies, everything from a love of nature, and Rothko-like visual aesthetics, to musical influences like Sky Records, John Carpenter soundtracks, minimalism, and a less-hyper Mother Mallard or post-Phaedra Tangerine Dream. They've released some excellent tapes, on Life Like, Cryptic Carousel, and Digitalis Limited, releases that capitalize on the band's strength in long-form electronic composition with a wealth of improvisational wiggle-room. There's a "ground" concept for each section of each piece, but that merely serves as a taking-off point for LDP's pulsating extrapolations, typically about 30 minutes in length total, or longer. They've been wowing local Brooklyn audiences for some time now, and part of the fun of their shows is the opportunity to experience the band finding their way in the moment, watching the clay of their ideas take on form and urgency as they go."

    --by Wm. Berger, host of "My Castle of Quiet" on radio WFMU.
137 W 14th St.New York, NY 10011