YAI/LXV/Matt Sargent+Dani Dobkin/Zach Layton


Sun, Apr 21, 2024    
7:00 pm-11:00 pm


Old Dutch Church
272 Wall St, Kingston, NY, 12401

Event Type

YAI – ambient, abstract left-field improvised organic jazz
LXV – textural ambient glitch
Matt Sargent/Dani Dobkin – composed computer/synth and electric guitar
Zach Layton – 17 string electric bass, perhaps

Storied NY multi-instrumentalists John Thayer and David Lackner join forces as YAI to transmute world-building into new digital frontiers. “Flowers From Home,” their debut, embraces improvisation and manipulation within a laptop jazz palette of warped percussion, horns, electric bass, electronics, keys and tactile atmospherics.
The duo cite fidelity as a central facet of their sound, utilizing rack mount FX and multi-phonic strategies to splinter and smear instruments into altered state harmonics, simultaneously intimate and estranged. Their chemistry slips between softness and shadow, wind-woven but cybernetic, attuned to the moods of futures as yet unrealized.
The most prolific alias of David Sutton, a sound arranger and independent researcher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also records under the monikers Heaven Copy, Temporal Movement, as well as his full name, David Wesley Sutton.
https://lxvlxv.bandcamp.com/MATT SARGENT/DANI DOBKIN
Dani Dobkin (Brooklyn) and Matt Sargent (Hudson Valley) are on an east tour in support of “Bend,” out now on Waveform Alphabet. Beginning with a phrase from Gertrude Stein, “Act so that there is no use in a centre,” the improvising duo delights in the exploration of their contrasting sensibilities. Their sets include guitar, modular synthesis, clay objects, and live processing. Their new album “Bend” has been described as “a guitar record retrieved from far in the future.” (Antonio Poscic, Research Music)

https://bendwa.bandcamp.com/album/bendZACH LAYTON
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, curator, and educator, his work explores the density of sonic materialism through a variety of electroacoustic approaches, most recently by integrating a unique 17-string electric bass into his improvisational practice.

He has composed orchestral music for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and has performed and exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, the Kitchen, MoMa/PS1, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, EMPAC, Zebulon, Eyebeam, International Computer Music Festival, Experimental Intermedia, Performa, Exit Art, Sculpture Center, Transmediale Berlin, Audio Art Festival Krakow and many other venues in New York and worldwide. He has worked with a diverse range of artists and musicians including Vito Acconci, Pauline Oliveros, Bobby Previte, Henry Fraser, Greg Fox, Ben Vida, Tony Conrad, Bradley Eros, Victoria Keddie, Tristan Perich, Elliott Sharp, Joshua White, Peggy Ahwesh, Bradford Reed, Alex Waterman, and many more. Currently in development is an electroacoustic Artificial Intelligence opera called “all that is seen and unseen” with video artists Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty.
Zach is also founder of the experimental music series, “Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant Garde” (co-curated with Nick Hallett), former co-curator of the MoMa/PS1 WarmUp music series, freelance curator for the Guggenheim Museum, and former curator of Issue Project Room.