Saturday, March 9th, join us in the Salon for a mind-bending experience with Seth Faergolzia as he performs a live loop painting, combining the magic of improvised sounds through a loop pedal and live abstract painting. See the music and hear the colors in a synesthetic spectacle!
Picture this: Faergolzia layers improvised vocals, looping and treating them with the precision of a DJ, all while crafting a live painting. It’s a multitasking masterpiece, akin to an octopus employing its many arms to create art. Engaging in multiple artistic tasks, Faergolzia believes, ushers in the dream state as the conscious mind takes a backseat.
Amid the performance, Faergolzia will give a short tutorial on using his loop station. At the end of the performance, his paintings will go up for auction to the highest bidder. Walk away with living art in the form of wet paint on a filled canvas.
Ever since his days as the mastermind behind critically acclaimed avant-boho outfit Dufus — whose landmark 2003 ROIR album 1:3:1 was described by AllMusic’s Jesse Jarnow as “the kind of record that could potentially change a listener’s life” — Seth Faergolzia has blazed colorful trails into modes of expression we couldn’t have foreseen even when Dufus were being hailed as “freak folk” innovators. Now, whether leading his current 18-person ensemble 23 Psaegz, performing as one half of the duo Forest Creature, or taking the stage as a one-man tornado of sound, Faergolzia continues to shake musical conventions until they froth over and explode.
When Faergolzia first emerged out of lower Manhattan at the turn of the millennium, he cut a Wonka-esque figure as a trailblazer committed to pursuing his muse on the fringe of the fringes, quickly distinguishing himself as a flamboyant visionary with a penchant for bending minds. Naturally, the surface absurdism of his output drew comparisons to like-minded iconoclasts like Captain Beefheart, Zappa, Ween, and Mr. Bungle. But where his music was once celebrated as a vibrant example of what happens when a musician turns a genre like folk upside down and inside out, over time Faergolzia has come to represent something of a genre unto himself.
With a body of work that now exceeds 20 albums and appearances in over 20 countries with the likes of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Animal Collective, Dufus alum Regina Spektor, Jeffrey Lewis, The Moldy Peaches, etc., Faergolzia is yet again poised to put another spring in the step of his global following with his latest longplayer Tin Wood Soldier. Building on Dufus’s joyful credo, the new album sees Faergolzia harnessing his wild experimental streak more than ever into bona fide tunesmanship that, at times, even approaches a tenderness unseen in his early work.
Onstage, he remains as boisterous as ever, his booming voice and equilibristic phrasing at the center of a whirring kaleidoscope of sound. In his new live show, Faergolzia draws from new material, electronic samples, loops, improvisations, and choice selections from the Dufus vault — a full and varied cross-section of the peerless oddball muse that has delighted audiences, collaborators, and critics alike for over a decade.