Toby Driver and Jeremiah Cymerman play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Aug. 9. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).
Toby Driver, the artist behind such infamous, progressive, cult, chamber-oriented projects as maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot injected new life into his long-dormant solo project early last year with his first album in a decade.
Driver returns with They Are the Shield, the prolific composer’s first album in over twelve years that harks back to songwriting structures developed and perfected in his maudlin of the Well days. Notes of singer-songwriter sensibilities simmer beneath a fog of synthesizers, expansive soundscapes, lush chamber orchestrations, and sullen atmospheres, punctuated and driven with a soft percussive heartbeat.
Jeremiah Cymerman (b. 1980) is a New York City based musician and producer working at the intersection of many disparate contemporary musical traditions including improvised, electroacoustic and experimental music. Active since the early 2000s “the protean composer and improviser has made an indelible mark on NYC’s DIY avant scene” writes the Brooklyn Observer.
His recorded output, with multiple releases on Tzadik and his own 5049 Records, ranging from albums for solo clarinet, creative orchestra, amplified string quartet and acoustic improvisation, has been described by the Wire as “blown out studio creations that merge extended reed techniques with the crushing, airless sonics of black metal.”
Developing a formidable reputation as a clarinetist “he has an approach that is uniquely his own, a kind of passionate and relentless search for meaningful sound, or sound creation in the broadest sense. His instrument, often electronically supported, is only a tool to achieve this, and paradoxically, by doing so, he also changes the possibilities of his instrument itself.” writes Stef Gijssels of the Free Jazz Blog.