Music: Psychedelic soundscapes by Landing, Lituya Bay/Colorguard on Fri., Jan. 15

Space rock quartet Landing plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center for the first time on Friday, Jan. 15. Lituya Bay and Colorguard open, collaborating on “ambient improvisational soundscapes” or perhaps “the abrasive freeform noisescape end of things,” according to Colorguard, aka guitarist/sound manipulator Kryssi Battalene. The show starts at 8 PM and cover is $5.

Landing

Landing

Led by Aaron and Adrienne Snow, Landing are professional ambient musicians who have been playing live and recording since 1998. Their Bandcamp discography of recordings dating back to the late 1990s comprises almost 30 releases. Keywords to describe their music include “ambient, drone, indie, psychedelic” and more.  Bassist Daron Gardner and drummer/multi-instrumentalist John Miller fill out the sound.

Of the group’s newest EP, “Body Diffuser,” released this past August, Bobby Power of Decoder Magazine writes:

Given the number of times Landing has tweaked and shifted its sound, the Connecticut-based band somehow manages to bring its brand of blissed out space-pop and droning etherealisms into better focus with each release. The band, which recently expanded to a quartet again with the inclusion of full-time drummer John Miller, now returns with a new, self-released EP, looking back to the layered, droning rock modes of its impeccable Gravitational IV and Brocade LPs… It’s both classic and future Landing at the same time, and couldn’t sound better.

Lituya Bay is guitar music made by David Shapiro (Nagual, Blk Out, ex-Heavy Breath). David began studying guitar at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven at the age of five. In high school he studied jazz guitar under George Raccio and classical guitar under Myron Radawiec. At Oberlin he studied classical guitar under professor Steve Aron, as well as south Indian rhythmic systems under professor Jamey Haddad. He also took piano and drum lessons. The music made under the name Lituya Bay finds roots in contemporary classical music, jazz, and ragas, offering a unique understanding of the relationships between stasis, repetition, and movement.

Lituya Bay. Photo by Mike Barrett

Lituya Bay. Photo by Mike Barrett

Kryssi Battalene plays guitar in The Mountain Movers and Medication and performs and records her more abstract music under the name Colorguard. A 2013 cassette release by Colorguard was described on the Elm Recordings Web site as composed of “both harshly distorted and keenly melodic record loops that are as beautiful as they are unrecognizable from their source material.”

Colorguard at Best Video Performance Space in 2013.

Colorguard at Best Video Performance Space in 2013.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Jan. 7. JAZZ: MICHAEL COPPOLA

• Friday, Jan. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Jan. 9. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Monday, Jan. 11. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “THE WALK”

• Thursday, Jan. 14. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Jan. 15. SPACE ROCK: LANDING, COLORGUARD & LITUYA BAY

• Monday, Jan. 18. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “PAWN SACRIFICE”

• Thursday, Jan. 21. WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Monday, Jan. 25. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON”

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Monday, Feb. 1. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “THE MARTIAN”

• Wednesday, Feb. 3. YIDDISH SWING/JAZZ VOCALS: THE SELTZER SISTERS of the NU HAVEN KAPELYE

• Thursday, Feb. 4. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

• Monday, Feb. 8. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SICARIO”

• Friday, Feb. 12. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Monday, Feb. 15. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE”

• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE

• Monday, Feb. 22. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “99 HOMES”

• Friday, Feb. 26. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Thursday, Mar. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOY IKE

• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI