Elysium Furnace Works is proud to announce its 2018 calendar of cutting-edge musical performances, all taking place at the gorgeous, 140-year-old Howland Cultural Center, located at 477 Main St. in Beacon, NY. Kicking off EFW’s 2018 season will be the acclaimed duo of tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer-percussionist Chad Taylor, performing on Saturday, March 31 at 8 PM. Admission will be $20 at the door. Lewis and Taylor will be appearing in support of their new duo recording Radiant Imprints, released on the Off-Record Label.
EFW 2018 roster embraces a fiercely independent, eclectic diversity, featuring exceptional artists from a wide array of musics, including jazz, rock, world music, noise, electro-acoustic improvisation and modern classical composition. Other concerts EFW will present in 2018 include:
May 4 — Karuna: Master drummers Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph draw upon their decades-long association in ensembles alongside such figures as Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders among others in this ecstatic, cross-cultural collaboration drawing on multiple percussion instruments and musical practices from around the world.
June 30 — Kid Millions/Sarah Bernstein: Celebrated drummer for such indie bands as Oneida and his own Man Forever, Millions joins forces with violinist, vocalist and composer Bernstein for this fearless, electrified voyage into sonic territories at once unsettling and lushly beautiful. Rare for an avant-garde recording, their recent limited release Tense Life on 577 Records sold out its entire run in a matter of weeks.
September 22 — Kris Davis: Winner of the Rising Star Pianist award in Downbeat Magazine’s 2017 critics poll, the phenomenally talented keyboardist and composer Davis makes her debut in Beacon for this highly-anticipated solo performance.
October 20 — Atonal Hits: This accomplished duo — pianist Illya Filshtinskiy and violinist Katha Zinn — has performed around the world many times, from Asia to Turkey to Carnegie Hall. As suggested by their humorous name, Atonal Hits specializes in performing not only the most challenging works by some of the most forward-thinking classical composers of the last century, but also such timeless masterpieces as in their recent project recording the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord of J.S. Bach.
Elysium Furnace Works is a cooperative project co-led by Mike Faloon, James Keepnews, and Steve Ventura. Elysium Furnace Works 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.