St. Mary's Hamilton Village
3916 Locust Walk in Philadelphia, PA
Free Admission/Donations Accepted
Ambient Trio Hotel Neon and Electronic Musician Datadrift are set to perform wihin the remarkable church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village on 16 September 2017.
Hotel Neon is a Philadelphia based ambient drone-guitar/synth trio. Consisting of Michael Tasselmyer,Andrew Tasselmyer and Steven Kemner, the music of Hotel Neon is characterized by blissed-out, gently moving forms and slowly evolving atmospheres. Their understated works for processed electric guitars and deep warm electronics entices the audience into a dreamy, wordless state. Emphasizing texture and mood, Hotel Neon provides an open-ended sonic environment meant for optimal being. As textural contrasts in sound reach the mind's eye through the body's ears, the movement of mood from dark to light may stir the listener's soul.
Their outside somber darkness seems best suited for the hours of the dusk - where daybreak may not find them. Hotel Neon offers a place apart from the realms of ordinary existence - a zone where music approaches the sacred through the silent avenues of the heart. But the space created by their music is really no different from anywhere else - since beauty and meaning are everywhere, provided we know how to look.
This ensemble works in the art of understatement, the art of the subconscious. Their music is devoid of system and dry formula, and enjoys intelligent company. From a feel of disquiet, to the affirming, Hotel Neon holds and moves textures and moods around the listening space well enough to penetrate our thoughts and touch our dreams.
Hotel Neon returns to The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 16 September 2017.
Hotel Neon - live on STAR'S END 31 Juny 2016 (excerpt)
Album Review: Hotel Neon
The debut self-titled album Hotel Neon (56'17") exhibits this trio's sonic, sensuous interaction with the world. Guitarists Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer and Steven Kemner capture the languorous ebb and flow of life in seven vignettes structured and strung together based on instinct rather than any overt narrative concerns. Everything here is so perfectly in tune with itself. The tracks seem to wander and ruminate, collecting stray moments and fleeting impressions which gradually fit together to avow a possessing pattern of emotion. In the interaction of head, hand and heart Hotel Neon use their electric guitars and processing devices to produce subtle ambient zones and distinctive atmospheres. Breathing chords build and repeat - moving the listener gently across a range of warm, soft textures. Yet, the music may just as easily lead us into subterranean caverns - with lithe timbres and rushing tones reverberating off into unseen corners. While we may believe that most of this album originates in electronic sound, Hotel Neon does respectfully make known their work's stringed origins - in the occasional buzzing and humming associated with an electric guitar. Their outside somber darkness seems best suited for the hours of the dusk - where daybreak may not find them. Hotel Neon offers a place apart from the realms of ordinary existence - a place where music approaches the sacred through the silent avenues of the heart. But the space created by their music is really no different from anywhere else - since beauty and meaning are everywhere, provided we know how to look.
The closer together Hotel Neon moves, the brighter they shine. The fraternity of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer and Steven Kemner use their electric guitars as a reaction to the fervor and over complexity of the mainstream world. The changing emotional shades of Remnants (33'43") (only their second recorded endeavor as a group) is a welcome stimulus to the imagination. Made up of subtle successive gestures, connected together by the mysterious gift of luminous clairvoyance, Remnants cites sound itself as the chief personage of each of its four tracks. Designing in atmospheric values these sonorities produce interesting effects on our nervous systems. Chords are used simply as material building blocks - suggesting rather than expressing such luxuriant beauty and tender sympathy. This ensemble works in the art of understatement, the art of the subconscious. Their music is devoid of system and dry formula, and enjoys intelligent company. A murmur of notes flowing under a veil of rushes, their music glows like an organism. Less firm and clear in its outlines these works produce a remote effect. Blissed out washes of processed guitar tones enter, sustain and suspend into sonic cloud masses, while slow harmonic shifts align with nocturnal breathing. Electrically smooth, then digitally rough, these jagged timbres are arbitrarily introduced into the accompaniment - eliciting a fleeting moment of alert response. From a feel of disquiet, to the affirming, Hotel Neon holds and moves textures and moods around the listening space well enough to penetrate our thoughts and touch our dreams. Perhaps charged with vagueness, subtle variations and thoughtful construction are nevertheless present to an attentive ear - as Hotel Neon produces arrangements of some serious value, for the intellect and for the heart.
Datadrift is the Electronic Music project from Philadelphia-based innovative musician Guinevere Molly Campbell. Creating soundscapes since 1996, she uses an East-Coast, hardware-focused approach. Based on her love of the synthesizer keyboard interface, as well as the corralling of machines with unique interfaces and timbres, Datadrift tends to her machines - as she has them communicating with one another in dialog and harmony.
Her principal approach is texture-driven. Creating synthesizer patches that resonate with a mood or idea, Datadrift generates a sonic palette - and works to create a soundscape that combines improvisation with aspects of sequenced pre-sets.
While predominantly instrumental and ambient, her work includes some forays into indie/experimental pop-driven song structures and vocals. Her influences include Brian Eno,Jean-Michel Jarre,Tangerine Dream, Dead Can Dance,The Legendary Pink Dots,David Sylvian,Kate Bush, and atmospheric songs and trance-like passages in 60s-80s pop, cold and new wave, and post-punk. Using all of these reference points, Datadrift easily suceeds at producing her own distinctly original electronic realizations.
Datadrift debuts at The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 16 September 2017.
The Gatherings Concert Series presents Hotel Neon plus Datadrift live in concert on Saturday 16 September 2017 at 8:00PM(doors open at 7:30pm) in the church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village3916 Locust Walk (just east of 40th & Locust) on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia. Admission: Free! No reservation neccesary. Donations Gratefully Accepted!
CIMA of PA - The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania
Hotel Neon plus Datadrift at The Gatherings Concert Series on 16 September 2017 is funded by CIMA of PA(The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania), the all-volunteer, non-profit organization responsible for organizing and producing The Gatherings Concert Series. The basic mission of CIMA of PA is to bring innovative music concerts to the public and further the advancement of this form of art.
Continuing to further the cultivation of innovative music by exciting the efforts of musicians, and to gradually unfold, enlighten, and invigorate the talents of our community, in 2017 The Gatherings Concert Series marks the 25th anniversary of its first event.