DANIEL HIGGS/BERRY SHADOWS/WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS/STELLAR OM SOURCE

by William Fowler Collins


It looks like The Santa Fe Complex is hosting yet another amazing evening in Santa Fe, NM!
Februaury 8th.
(click on the name below to go to their site)
WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS
BERRY SHADOWS (N. Shineywater of Brightblack Morning Light)
STELLAR OM SOURCE
DANIEL HIGGS
7:00-10:00 PM
(The Complex’s site say 6pm?)

WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS

Originally from rural New England and now living in New Mexico, William Fowler Collins (b.1974) is a musician whose work explores and synthesizes both musical and extra-musical elements. His work has been described as a cinematic fusion of dark ambient, noise and black metal musics.

DANIEL HIGGS

The Dischord Records release “Feral Hymns,” by the 18 year ambush of a depthful punk sound by Lungfish is 1 Lp not to be missed… However, Daniel (singing member) has many solo releases including cosmic banjo ragas, honed field collages, poetic veil liftings, even small books & quality vinyl collecting his own magical alphabet.

BERRY SHADOWS

With psychedelic influences derived from psychedelic embraced moments, this new project by BrightBlack Morning Light’s N. Shineywater, tells of the intrinsic nod. Shineywater’s 2009 found him opening for the legendary reunion of My Bloody Valentine, as well as Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions. Previous notable shows include opening for Brazil’s Os Mutantes in their San Francisco debut, as well as England’s Vashti Bunyan, also in San Francisco. He’s just returning from 30 shows across Europe, including the My Bloody Valentine curation of All Tomorrow’s Parties (his 4th ATP).

STELLAR OM SOURCE

By definition: “Stellar” of or relating to the stars, “Om” a mantra consisting of the sound om & used in contemplation of ultimate reality, “Source” a firsthand document, a generative force. A visitation by Christelle Gauldi of the New York City & Netherlands regions as she journeys to the Western USA coast.

Here is some press from Thrilljockey records about Daniel Higgs:

Daniel Arcus Incus Ululat Higgs is a musician and artist from Baltimore, Maryland on whose behalf superlatives are destined to fail. It’s not that his artistic output – spanning three decades, numerous albums, books of poetry and collections of drawings – simply eludes classification, it defies it. Often we hear that a true work of art is meant to speak for itself, and with the work of Daniel Higgs the maxim rings truer than ever. His art is of the cosmos, we on Earth merely lucky that it happens to be confined to our atmosphere, in our lifetime.

Higgs is known primarily for his work as the sole lyricist and frontman of the band Lungfish, a four-piece dedicated to charting, in this listener’s estimation, nothing short of the evolution of all species, known and unknown. That the band has undertaken this pursuit in the guise of a humble rock outfit, in the absence of any public relations fanfare, metanarrative, or manifesto has been enough to endear them to tens of thousands. They are enshrined as one of America’s last true folk bands, and Higgs anointed as a patron saint to artistic purity.

In recent years, Higgs has released a number of solo outings that can only be described as the ultimate in isolation, worlds away from the hypnotic, communal rock of his band. On Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot, Higgs weaves meditative, casually ruptured drones using acoustic and electric guitar, upright pianos, banjo and jew’s harp, recorded entirely at home on cassette recorder. He pairs the music with a series of paintings that call to mind religious iconography passed through the disfiguring surrealism of Miro.

Higgs has wedded his music and his visual art into a singular being, meant to be encountered as a conjuring force similar to that of the tarot experience. The yggdrasil is the great tree of Norse myth that connects all worlds of cosmology. Passing into Christian folklore, the tree is said to connect heaven and earth. In his relentless pursuit of the indivisible, Higgs travels up and down this spine and hatches a new transubstantiation of sound and image into life-form.

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