Amirtha Kidambi - Elder Ones

Ithaca Underground Presents:

Amirtha Kidambi - Elder Ones

Desmond Bratton, BRIAN!, Dara Anissi

Mon · March 18, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Haunt - IU

Ithaca, NY

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Elder Ones
Elder Ones
Sometimes the eye of a storm can draw upon the chaos around it, taking on its energy and consolidating it for use. Something like that is going on in Elder Ones, the quartet led by the vocalist and harmonium player Amirtha Kidambi. She creates drones on the harmonium — an old, air-powered keyboard — and coaxes her bandmates into ripping them apart. Then her voice funnels that energy out in a scorching beam. In its best moments, it’s like a mix of a Cuban sonero’s citrusy cry and a riot grrrl yowl. - New York Times, Giovanni Russonello

The forthcoming release From Untruth builds upon the bedrock foundation of Kidambi's previous compositional and conceptual work with Elder Ones, while forging uncharted territory. After a journey into wordless abstraction on Holy Science, Kidambi felt the urgency of the political moment required a direct and verbal call to action. The lyric fragments in "Eat the Rich", "Decolonize the Mind", "Dance of the Subaltern" and "From Untruth" critique power structures of capitalism, racism, colonialism and fascism, distilling heavy post-colonial theory into concentrated visceral battle cries. The instrumentation adds a layer of technology as a metaphor for modernity, with Kidambi on analog synthesizer and Max Jaffe's drumming talents extended to electronic Sensory Percussion. The frenzied improvising of Matt Nelson on soprano sax and gravity of Nick Dunston on bass, anchor the music in the tradition of free jazz, while it pushes into new futurist realms. The aesthetic seamlessly reels from modal meditation, atonal expressionism, free improvisation and melodic invention, to unabashed bursts of punk rock energy. This is Elder Ones at an unadulterated breaking point; on the edge of a knife that cuts.
Desmond Bratton
Desmond Bratton
Desmond Bratton is a freelance bassist and pedagogue passionate about community engagement through the art of musical conversation. He holds a Masters of Music from Ithaca College, where he received a full assistantship and studied Double Bass Performance with Dr. Nicholas Walker.

As a pedagogue, Desmond currently holds a guest lecturer position at Cornell University, and is also double bass faculty at Opus Ithaca, a locally founded school of music in Ithaca New York. He has been invited to perform and present at seminars and master classes throughout out his home state of Florida though the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble, MyCM Miami Youth for Chamber Music, and The Arts and Medicine Department of the Moffit Cancer Research Center.

At the Moffit Cancer Center, Desmond used songs from West African, African American, and Jewish traditions to bring patients, family, staff, and members of the local community together. His passion for musical community engagement has since continued through workshops in middle and elementary schools, and youth detention facilities, where he emphasizes the use of improvisation, a necessary life skill to resolve conflict, generate communication, and build community.

After recently performing in South America with the Neuquén Symphony Orchestra in Patagonia, and has since been invited to teach double bass Seminars in Neuquén and though the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aries, Argentina. Since 2017 Desmond has spent his summers as double bass performance and teaching Faculty at the Philadelphia Orchestra associated, Luzerne Music Center Music Festival located in the foothills of Adirondack State Park in Upstate New York. There he enjoys performing chamber music and teaching private lesson as well as large and small ensemble coaching.

When he is not teaching Desmond actively attempts to break down the barriers created by arbitrary distinctions of musical genres by performing and recording in many differ styles of music including Classical Chamber Music, Jazz and Folk. Just following a third album release in 2018 with singer songwriter Travis Knapp, Desmond has recently toured the UK and Europe with a folk group including Double Bass, Banjo, and Percussion.

Desmond also composes his own solo music for double bass and looping pedal, which utilizes bass lines, harmonic and rhythmic material, and textural extended technique in order to create a heartfelt multi-instrumental experience all from wide ranging capabilities of a singular instrument. Desmond has used his compositions in collaboration with Cave Canem Poet Laureate, and National Book Award Finalist, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, and for Mayfest International Chamber Music festival hosted by Cornell University.
BRIAN!
BRIAN!
On “Chasms of Color & Thought”, BRIAN! issue an angular to ambient adventure, oscillating between rock and avant-garde. Anchored by ambitious amplified bassoon and drums, augmented by melodic to chaotic multi-instrumentation, the trio’s fourth effort invites the ambitious listener on a journey of the new, the old, and the unexplored.
Dara Anissi
Dara Anissi
Since he was a teenager, Dara has been composing and performing on a wide variety of stringed instruments, from guitar and oud to banjo and mandolin. Dara Anissi was born in Tehran, Iran on October 11, 1973 and moved to the United States in 1975 as his family escaped the oppressive regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini. He began playing the guitar at age five and continued to play for the next thirty-five years, adding a wide variety of instruments and styles to his repertoire. Dara is one of the founding members of The Hog-Tie Sessions in which he plays the acoustic guitar, Celtic-style mandolin, and tenor banjo. Dara also performs with The Cornell Middle Eastern Ensemble and the middle-eastern group Souk, where he plays the dumbek and oud. He also writes and performs with his own middle-eastern-influenced rock band. Dara sees playing, composing, and exploring music as the primary focus in his life and he believes that music is a unifying force for the world. Dara currently teaches music at the Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY.
Venue Information:
The Haunt - IU
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://thehaunt.com/