Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid: Gerard Cox
September 25, 2020

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid is a live-stream concert series featuring experimental, electronic, free jazz, noise, and other genre-bending musicians based in Columbus, OH. All of the performances in the series will be streamed from our official Twitch account: twitch.tv/thefusefactory.

Gerard Cox (b. 1976) is a pianist and drummer from Columbus with a keen interest in musical surrealism and the percussive nature of the piano. Born to a piano teacher Mom and a jazz saxophone hobbyist father, clear “rockstar” inclinations were shown at age 8 in an appearance as J.S. Bach at an OMTA music festival and at 10 as Billy Idol in a look-a-like contest for the national pop/rock magazine Star Hits. Cox developed a love for jazz in high school on through college, studying both jazz piano and B3 organ. While initially taken with the straight-ahead jazz of Art Blakey and Clifford Brown, he followed John Coltrane’s discography into his later period music and this proved to be the gateway for a fascination with free jazz and all kinds of other outsider/experimental music.

October 2020 Frequency Fridays live-stream edition: Nat Baldwin (NH) + Jenn Taiga (MA) + Steve Mokris (OH) + galen tipton (CMH)
October 02, 2020

On the evening of Friday, October 2nd, we are delighted to present via our Twitch channel live-stream performances of bassist/improvisor/composer Nat Baldwin, electronic musician/keyboardist Jenn Taiga, sound/motion graphics artist Steve Mokris, and sound artist galen tipton. The live-stream will begin promptly at 8:00pm. Donations of $5-$10 via paypal.me/thefusefactory are warmly accepted.

About the artists:

Nat Baldwin is an American bassist, improvisor, composer, and songwriter. He’s released several solo albums since 2003 and is also known for being a former member of Dirty Projectors. His most recent solo albums are the experimental works AUTONOMIA I: Body Without Organs and AUTONOMIA II: Recombinations.

Jenn Taiga is best known as Western Mass’ “Synthesizer Wizard.” Surrounding herself with an array of keyboards and sequencers, Jenn Taiga has extensively gigged across New England, the Atlantic Coast, and the Midwest US. Area reviewers extol Jenn Taiga’s “psychedelic, progressive sounds (that) will shoot you off to your own sci-fi film (Jennifer Levesque, Valley Showgirl).”

Steve Mokris is a software developer and one of the developers of Vuo, a visual programming language. He is also a composer of electronic music as Project Ruori.

galen tipton: sound designer in the streets, clubcore bitch in the sheets, soft & spontaneous, fairy & ghost type, ugly crier, wilowisp. shehertheythem

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid: Brian Harnetty
October 09, 2020

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid is a live-stream concert series featuring experimental, electronic, free jazz, noise, and other genre-bending musicians based in Columbus, OH. All of the performances in the series will be streamed from our official Twitch account: twitch.tv/thefusefactory.

Brian Harnetty is an interdisciplinary artist using sound and listening to foster social change. His current projects bring together place, myth, history, ecology, and economy in Appalachian Ohio, informed by his family’s roots there.

Harnetty is a recipient of the MAP Fund Grant (2020), the A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art in Contemplative Practices (2018), the Creative Capital Performing Arts Award (2016), and his work has twice received MOJO Magazine’s “Underground Album of the Year” (2019, 2013). His creative process uses a hybrid of media, including sounds, images, music, and words. Rooted in socially engaged art, his work flows between the fields of performance and recording, installation and writing. Each project begins with communities and local archives, and moves outward to include intimate portraits of everyday people and landscapes of Appalachia and the Midwest. For two decades, this has led to projects with the Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives in Kentucky, the Sun Ra/El Saturn Archives in Chicago, the Anne Grimes Collection in the Library of Congress, and the Thomas Merton Collection at Bellarmine University in Kentucky.

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid: Zayzafoon
October 16, 2020

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid is a live-stream concert series featuring experimental, electronic, free jazz, noise, and other genre-bending musicians based in Columbus, OH. All of the performances in the series will be streamed from our official Twitch account: twitch.tv/thefusefactory.

Organic and nostalgic, Zayzafoon’s music signals the mysterious beauty of the human soul! Zayzafoon, which refers to the linden tea plant that grows naturally in Lebanon, was formed in 2019 by percussionist Ayman Abu Kheir. Other band members include Nathan Baker on saxophone, Dennis Hodges on guitar, Jacob Campbell on keyboard, and William Strickler on upright and electric bass. Zayzafoon’s self-titled debut album was released in 2019. This album includes a single: “Pine”, which is a song inspired by the beauty and authenticity of Ayman’s Lebanese hometown, Dhour Shweir, and its magical pine forests.

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid: Rocco di Pietro/Paul Strawser
October 23, 2020

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid is a live-stream concert series featuring experimental, electronic, free jazz, noise, and other genre-bending musicians based in Columbus, OH. All of the performances in the series will be streamed from our official Twitch account: twitch.tv/thefusefactory.

For this performance, Paul Strawser will be performing Rocco di Pietro’s Vanishing and Reappearing Taubes IX
Six Hyper-Real Pieces.

Rocco Di Pietro (born 1949) is composer, pianist, author, teacher, and habilitationist whose work crosses multiple disciplinary boundaries.

Paul Strawser was born and raised in Columbus, OH and graduated from the Ohio State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Paul has been playing (mostly jazz) piano professionally since high school and is particularly passionate about music theory and ear training.

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid: Turner Matthews
October 30, 2020

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid is a live-stream concert series featuring experimental, electronic, free jazz, noise, and other genre-bending musicians based in Columbus, OH. All of the performances in the series will be streamed from our official Twitch account: twitch.tv/thefusefactory.

Turner is a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer. He often combines sounds from his created instruments with traditional acoustic instruments and electronic instruments to create his music. His debut album, Memory Traveler, was released in spring of 2020.

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid: Larry Marotta
December 11, 2020

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid is a live-stream concert series featuring experimental, electronic, free jazz, noise, and other genre-bending musicians based in Columbus, OH. All of the performances in the series will be streamed from our official Twitch account: twitch.tv/thefusefactory.

Larry Marotta is a guitarist and composer based in Columbus, Ohio. He is best known for his performances of free improvised music that combine his wide range of musical interests, odd sense of humor, and passion for sound as sound. In the past few years, he has performed in Chicago, New York City, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Miami Beach.

In addition to exploring music on the fringe, he has also played with hip-hop group Poets of Heresy, surf trio Porterhouse, free-form rock band Schtick, and modernist jazz ensemble Honk, Wail and Moan, as well as giving solo concerts of traditional ragtime fingerstyle guitar.

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid: Asyla
December 18, 2020

Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid is a live-stream concert series featuring experimental, electronic, free jazz, noise, and other genre-bending musicians based in Columbus, OH. All of the performances in the series will be streamed from our official Twitch account: twitch.tv/thefusefactory.

Asyla is the dark ambient project of Alyssa Wunderlich, an experimental artist whose work spans multiple disciplines and strives to emphasize the value of process rather than product, blurring the boundaries between art and life, artist and audience. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, but is known to incite moments of playful communal catharsis wherever she may travel with whatever is at hand, encouraging those around her to embrace the ephemeral beauty of every passing moment.

In 2018, Alyssa was invited to join the international knitting brigade of the krautrock legends of Faust and collaborated with original members of the Elephant Six Collective apropos of pure serendipity, as both of whom raised her into the four-track lover and fiend for whimsy, texture and repetition she is today. The intricacy with which she weaves and layers her sonic textures and prioritizes playfulness are much akin to the elaborate nests she builds in her physical installations, inviting active engagement of all of the senses for those who happen to take part in them.

Her passion for atmospheric alchemy led her to co-found a series called Nappy Hour, an all-immersive ambient music and art event held every few months on Sunday afternoons, creating an intimate environment that allows for active involvement in artistic collaboration and also the freedom to disengage from reality entirely and enter into a state of deep tranquility or even sleep– something often frowned upon in most public settings.

Asyla, on the other hand, was spawned as the vessel through which she’s channeled much of her dissociation, paranoia, and alienation the past few years into a place of refuge and silliness, a breath of fresh air for the inner child in captivity whose trauma gave them no choice but to grow up quickly and take everything way too seriously from a very young age. Her work unpacks feelings of grief and loss in times of immense darkness for herself and others in a way that feels almost cathartic, as if churning the compost to reveal soil much more nutrient-rich, full of hope for future growth. The organic layers of field recordings, drones, and pulses from manipulated found sounds, toys, and everyday objects are guaranteed to hypnotize and paint emotional landscapes like something out of a wet nightmare you just can’t seem to shake off.