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August 29, 2009
Roosevelt Live:
Generate Records celebrates 10 years of experimental sound
4:00 PM -- Free!
River Walk Commons - Roosevelt Island, New York, NY

Founded in 1999 by percussionist Jeff Arnal - Generate Records is an independent label dedicated to experimental music. We are thrilled to celebrate 10 years with an afternoon of performances and 3 new 7" limited edition releases.


1st set: Gordon Beeferman - Music for an Imaginary Band

A real 7-piece group consisting of some of NYC's most remarkable and creative musicians. Featuring brand-new compositions -- gnarly, lyrical, whimsical, free-form -- an idiosyncratic mix of new-music, jazz, and free improv.

Gordon Beeferman - piano & compositions
Nate Wooley - trumpet
Matt Bauder, Evan Rapport, Josh Sinton - saxophones
Brad Kemp - bass
Michael Evans - drums

"Complex and daringly modern...Mr. Beeferman’s music, with its skittish melodic lines and pungent atonal harmony, is gritty, fidgety and intriguing." —New York Times

GORDON BEEFERMAN is a composer and pianist whose work spans opera, orchestral and chamber music, improvisation, and collaborations with dance and other arts. His music has been commissioned and/or performed by the New York City Opera orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Quartet New Generation recorder collective, eighth blackbird, Momenta Quartet, the California EAR Unit, American Brass Quintet, and others. The New York Times hailed his chamber opera "The Rat Land" as "complex and daringly modern...gritty, fidgety and intriguing." A "fully liberated pianist" (Cadence Magazine), Beeferman has performed extensively in New York as well as across the US and Canada; highlights include appearances at Roulette, ISSUE Project Room, the Vision Festival, MATA Festival, Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY), and the Music Gallery (Toronto). His collaborations with choreographers have been produced at the Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, The Chocolate Factory, and Abrons Arts Center. Beeferman has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild, three BMI Student Composer Awards, a Tanglewood fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Copland House. His recordings are available on Generate, Genuin, and Summit Records.


LISTEN to GB's Imaginary Band:


2nd set: Ernesto Diaz-Infante & Jeff Arnal

ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE received his MFA in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts and has created musical compositions that span a broad perspective: transcendental piano, noise, avant-garde guitar, field recordings, lo-fi four-track manipulations, and experimental song. ED-I has performed throughout Europe and the United States, and his music has been broadcasted internationally. He has recorded more than 15 CDs of music and collaborated with numerous musicans. ED-I runs Pax Recordings with the filmmaker/video artist Marjorie Sturm. He lives in San Francisco.


“Percussionist JEFF ARNAL’s balletic sense of time and imaginative deployment of colour have combined into a highly original concept." (The Wire) Arnal frequently performs and collaborates with a wide range of musicians and choreographers in the U.S. and Europe. Recent performances include: Ausland (Berlin), deSingel (Antwerp), German Nordwestradio (Bremen), Hallwalls (Buffalo NY), Music at the Anthology (NYC) & Music Gallery (Toronto). He has received grants and fellowships from ASCAP, Brooklyn Arts Council, Meet the Composer and Art Omi International. His music can be heard on a number of independent record labels, including Transit (Clean Feed 2009 & 2005), Dog Day with Aaron Dugan (C3R 2007), Rogue States with Gordon Beeferman (Generate 2006), MEJA with Michael Evans (C3R 2006) and with Dietrich Eichmann (Broken Research 2007 & Leo 2004). Arnal holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Music Composition and Filmmaking from the University of Maryland and an MFA in Music from Bennington College.



3rd set: Aperiodic

Kevin Parrett (guitar)
Benjamin Perkins (bass, multi-instruments)
Matthias Schulz (percussion)

Aperiodic began in 1997 when multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Perkins, guitarist Kevin Parrett, and percussionist Matt Schulz, who were feeling bored with the indie rock scenes of which they were a part in southern Ohio/northern Kentucky, decided to construct a form of music based on the discoveries of Cecil Taylor, The Velvet Underground, and John Coltrane (to name a few) –a sort of hybrid of 60’s energy music and noise.

They only played a handful of shows, and their entire discography consists of a self-titled cassette and a song on a compilation featuring other local bands entitled “Rejected Art”. In early 1998 they began an 11 year hiatus with each of them living in different cities- Ben in Chicago, Il, Kevin in Dayton, Oh, and Matt in Brooklyn, NY. Since then their only collective music making has been occasionally sending music to each other round robin-style for the next to improvise over and pass along. Each of them has remained busy musically, however, playing solo or in such groups as Enon, A.D.M., Patterns of Static, Chicago Aissawa, and Holy Fuck, always carrying with them the underlying idea of freedom within/without any set of rule


LISTEN to Aperiodic:


Photo credits: GB's band - Scott Friedlander / EDI - Marjorie Sturm / Aperiodic - Kevin McCarty