Solo musicians Nate Trier, Sarah LeMieux, and Nahadoth (Adam Matlock) play Best Video Performance Space Friday, Nov. 29. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).
Dubbed a “Rosetta Stone” by the New Haven Independent for making atonal music accessible, Nate Trier is a composer, improviser, and recording artist who creates lyrical melodies with piano and accordion that alight on churning soundscapes of buzzes, hums, and crackling static. French new-music website L’Autre Musique featured his approach to music notation as an exemplar of “new forms of writing sound and music distant from the traditional Western scoring.” The 48th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt distributed a recording of his music to participants. Trier also curated and performed 15 one-minute graphic scores as part of New York City-based Composer’s Voice “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” series.
Trier unifies his disparate influences in jazz improvisation, classical counterpoint, and noise music into a style of music that begins with a conceptual motive and unfolds out into a complete piece. At times it may remind the listener of Erik Satie, spectralism, and ‘90’s industrial hip-hop. Ultimately, Trier’s music embodies the spirit of improvisation within a framework free of tonality and, at times, pitch.
Sarah LeMieux grew up making music, with a mom who studied and taught French folk and classical guitar, a dad who played the blues, and a little brother who kept everyone awake with the drums. Her work in New York City as a session vocalist and guitarist, in studios and on stages, created many opportunities to interpret, create and absorb a broad spectrum of music, and inspired her to create and perform original work.
Sarah earned her MFA in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts, an experience which greatly enriched her musical palette, and led to new explorations in electroacoustic and soundscape music. Sarah’s compositions and performances have graced the stages of the National Women in Blues Festival, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Infinity Hall, and International Women Arts (SWAN) Day Festivals, as well as radio stations from Australia to Japan. Sarah’s jazz quintet has won “Best Jazz” three times at the Connecticut Music Awards, and Album of the Year for 2015. She couldn’t do any of it without her wonderful husband and amazing kids.
Adam Matlock works as an accordionist, composer, vocalist, and educator living and working in New Haven, CT. Matlock writes songs under the name An Historic, building narratives accompanied by musical inspirations from Balkan music and Klezmer, Soul, and various strains of rock. Under the name Nahadoth, Matlock performs ethereal keyboard music in a style known as dungeon synth, creating images inspired by history and fantasy, filtered through a dreamlike haze. He also composes under his own name, most notably the opera Red Giant(2014) for 6 piece ensemble and three singers, and Earthseed Songs (2012) for voice and two instrumentalists.
Matlock also began to expand his role as a performer in 2009, playing original music and interpretations with projects including An Historic, Broadcloth, Gzara, and Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. He has recorded, performed, or improvised with artists including Anthony Braxton, Mario Pavone, Ceschi, Vinny Golia, Sigh, and Clara Engel, and works as a group and private teacher in the New Haven area.