Guitarist, composer and jazz curator James Keepnews in Beacon


The Beacon guitarist, composer and jazz curator James Keepnews concludes his month-long multimedia performance piece Feed at the Catalyst Gallery in Beacon on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25. With Feed, Keepnews connects his work as a multimedia and electronic artist with his lifelong engagement in the world of improvisational and experimental music – a world in which he is experienced and more than a little connected. He has worked with the likes of Karl Berger and George Lewis (another composer with a keen interest in multimedia) and he has studied with Robert Fripp.

Centered on a faux news channel video installation produced (and starring) Keepnews, Feed brings a variety of musical ensembles together for multimedia interaction in both acoustic and electronic modes.

The musicians engage with Keepnews’ montage of images from Western classical antiquity and found footage of the Iraq War, educational science films, animals, apocalyptic apocrypha, cheeseburgers and other fetishes of the age.

On Friday, Keepnews will perform on guitar, bass and laptop with Joe McPhee on saxophones and Dave Berger on drums. On Saturday, Keepnews performs a solo acoustic set. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but donations for the performers are encouraged. The Catalyst Gallery is located at 137 Main Street in Beacon.



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