Elysium Furnace Works 2019 season promises to be our most exciting yet! And we’re 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.
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.
May 18: 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.