Equinox Series at the Howland present: Chaotica II

Saturday, February 9th

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street – Beacon

Composer and mutantrumpeter Ben Neill and artist Carl Van Brunt will present an immersive experience of music and animation on February 9th at 8:00 pm at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, New York. The event is part of the Equinox Series produced by Eleni Smolen. Joining Neill and Van Brunt will be vocalist Mimi Goese and percussionist Amarildo Costa. The same aggregation of artists performed at the Howland in December 2017 and the upcoming performance will pick-up where the previous one left off. The program will include improvised remixes of material from the earlier concert as well as new music and animations and a cover of John Coltrane’s “Living Space.’ Advance tickets $10 through chaotica.brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door. For additional information: information@howlandculturalcenter.org or 845.831.4988.

Ben Neill is an internationally respected musician and composer as well as the inventor of the mutantrumpet. The mutantrumpet combines extra bells and valves and Midi-capability with switches, knobs, and joysticks that enable the performer to trigger and modify a variety of sounds and sequences, as well as lights and projections in real time. Neill has had a distinguished career that has included being music curator of the Kitchen for seven years, working with musical giants such as John Cage and La Monte Young, and performing at many important venues in the United States and Europe. He has collaborated with DJ Spooky, David Wojnarowicz, Page Hamilton, Mimi Goese and Nicolas Collins, and performed on albums by David Behrman, John Cale and Rhys Chatham. Neill recently performed in the New Sounds Live concert series which presented the New York City premiere of his composition Manitoga (2014), with an ensemble of four players using the artist Carol Szymanski’s brass sculptures as musical instruments.

Carl Van Brunt is gallery director of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum. He was the owner and gallery director of Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon. Van Brunt has been a digital artist since 1981 and his work has been exhibited in New York and throughout the Hudson Valley region.

Mimi Goese was the vocalist for dream pop band Hugo Largo. Later she has released a solo album, Soak on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop Label. Goese and Neill collaborated on a musical theater piece titled Persephone which was premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2010 Next Wave Festival. An album featuring music from the project, Songs for Persephone, was released by Ramseur Records in August 2011. In 2016 the duo collaborated on Fathom, a multimedia piece commissioned by the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

Amarildo Costa was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, taught himself percussion at an early age and later attended the UFBA (Universidade Federal da Bahia), the state university in Bahai, known for its music programs. Costa performed with prestigious musicians in Bahai before relocating to New York where he has performed with a number of different bands. Costa has a varied repertoire that ranges from afro- Brazilian traditional and popular forms, like samba and samba reggae, axé, candomblé, afoxé, forró, and non-Brazilian forms such as fusion jazz, latin and reggae. He has been director of a Brazilian Percussion Ensemble at Ramapo College of New Jersey since 2010.