Figure From Ground are an experimental music quartet based in northern (Canton/Malone) NY. Claude Aldous, Ola Aldous, Michael Hart, and Ramon Vasquez began working together in the summer of 2017, creating and documenting improvised soundscapes using modular synthesizers, prepared and effected piano, contact microphones, found objects, and voice. The group has been played on CKCU’s Acoustic Frontiers radio program in Ottawa, Canada, on multiple occasions, headlined Ithaca, NY’s Electrozone concert series, and have been livestreamed on Hudson, NY’s WGXC. Figure From Ground have also recently released an album on the Athens, Greece, based Game of Life Label.
Fable Grazer is a free improv collective based in Somerville, MA. The group formed in the summer of 2012, when founding member Marc Drinkwater began stalking local musicians on Soundcloud, gathering cogs for a human loop station. The schematic soon became obsolete when the cogs rebelled against their engineer, demanding freedom. Marc discovered (to his horror) that he unwittingly assembled a sonic T-1000, as the group would continuously dissolve into puddles and reform into grotesque, unpredictable shapes over the course of jams that often spanned more than an hour.
Fable Grazer has about 5-6 core members (depending on when you read this) and a long list of extended family and special guests, wielding instrumentation that encompasses everything from guitar, modular synth, trumpet, mandolin and melodica, to radiator (and related plumbing), springs, loose change, broken glass, and pool table (with balls).
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