Blank Forms Upcoming Concerts

Source: Blank Forms.

Annette Peacock
Friday, December 7th, 2018, 8:00pm
First Unitarian Congregational Society
119 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

A pioneering composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Annette Peacock is among the most distinct artists in modern music, her contributions to jazz, pop, and electronic music often overlooked but hard to overstate. Born to a violist mother in Brooklyn, Peacock began her music career by touring Europe with Albert Ayler and her first husband, Gary Peacock, in the early 1960s. Around that time Annette also associated with notable 1960s luminaries including Ram Dass and Timothy Leary, the latter of whose experiments with LSD demonstrated to Peacock the interconnectedness of, as she has said, “the psychedelic state of mind on the perspective of sound.”

Grim
Thursday, November 29th, 2018, 8:00pm
55 Walker St. New York, NY 10013

Among the first Japanese artists inspired by the industrial music of Whitehouse and SPK, Grim was founded as a one-man power electronics project in 1985, following the dissolution of seminal duo White Hospital. Deliberately seeking an unrefined music, with a self-described “raw, native feeling” drawn from punk rock’s aggressive distortion, Grim’s output nevertheless exhibits a mercurial diversity folding elements of throat singing, organ music, crude polyrhythms, and impulses derived from East Asian vernacular musics into a demented elaboration of Japanese noise. Grim’s now-classic first LP, 1986’s Folk Music, gives the impression of a childhood fever dream, oscillating wildly between naive instrumental lullabies and tempests of throbbing rhythmic noise, punctuated by deranged, sepulchral vocal utterances. Conversely, the following year’s Message contains actual folksong, albeit of a haunted, apocalyptic variety no less devastating than its industrial foil.

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