The news about Alan Newman buying a stake in Higher Ground ate up most of this week's Soundbites column, so a few items got bumped. With the weekend nearly here, let's take a quick look at those bits and pieces.
Last fall, local experimental music composer Greg Davis served as the first-ever sonic artist-in-residence at Champlain College. As part of that endeavor, he curated a music series called the Signals Series. It featured notable experimental composers from around the country, including Jeffre Cantu, Ben Vida and Davis himself.
The series was such a success that Davis and Champlain College are bringing it back for the spring semester. The first installment is tonight, February 5, at the Lounge Gallery in the Center for Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College. This one presents Montréal duo Le Révélateur. Here's what you can expect, according to the artists themselves:
Inspired by the performative tradition that combines electronic sound and video art, Le Révélateur's live performance is the result of an intermedial dialogue between video artist Sabrina Ratté and electronic music composer Roger Tellier-Craig. Through the creation of abstract architectural structures and electronic landscapes, Ratté’s video images are in constant dialogue with the ethereal sounds and futuristic pulses generated by Tellier-Craig. Together, they aim to create an immersive audio-visual experience where sound and image are inseparable.
Speaking of cool series, ArtsRiot unveils a nifty new one — also tonight — called LIVE at ArtsRiot. Each installment of the monthly-ish series will feature a different local band. The night opens with an artist interview, followed by a performance. The shows will be recorded, and eight songs from the set will be released as a free digital download. At the end of the year, a compilation will be released on vinyl, pressed, of course, by the Burlington Record Plant.
The first band in the series is Waylon Speed — whose drummer is BRP founder Justin Crowther.
Another week, another tribute to Sen. Bernie Sanders. This time around it's Vermont expat Emma Sky. The daughter of Steve Goldberg and late singer-songwriter Rachel Bissex, Sky is now based in Brooklyn, where she performs with the band Violint Wednesday.
The violinist and songwriter wrote and recorded a tribute to Bernie called "Feel the Bern." Sky's homage to Sanders is a reflection on her personal connection to the man: When she was born, then Burlington mayor Sanders (who lived on the same street) sent her parents a note of congratulations. That tale is the basis for the song's opening verse.
Sky also highlights the myriad ways in which she believes Sanders made Burlington a better place.
Last but not least, yesterday we highlighted four local entries to NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest. Unfortunately, we missed a good one: "Milkman" by local indie-folk duo Cricket Blue. Here it is in all its hummable, harmonically gorgeous glory.