May 18 – FRANZ NICOLAY @ Cape House, Brooklyn (2 Knickerbocker Ave) w/ Dave Dondero & Morgan O’Kane
May 19 – ANTI-SOCIAL MUSIC “A is for Accordion” (all-accordion show) @ Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn NY
June 5 – FRANZ NICOLAY @ Charlie’s Kitchen (10 Eliot St.), Cambridge MA, doors at 8pm
June 8 – Anti-Social Music presents Franz Nicolay’s PEOPSSONGS @ ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place), Brooklyn NY. 8:45pm.
PEOPSSONGS is a choral song cycle with texts drawn from a series of portraits by the artist Fly, one of the most prominent graphic artists to come out of the Lower East Side squatter scene, documenting LES characters, musicians and artists, and the drifters, visionaries, and charlatans passing through that world. Her longest-running project is a series called “PEOPS“: single-page, head-and-shoulders portraits of these personalities, surrounded by transcriptions of her conversations with them during the sitting. A few are well known – John Perry Barlow, Richard Hell, John Zorn (who says “Her visions should be read every morning instead of your daily newspaper”) – but most are simply members of the transient underground. Composer Franz Nicolay went through Fly’s PEOPS archive, selected fifteen of the portraits, and edited their words down to provide the texts he has set. This work was made possible by a residency at the Rensing Arts Center.
June 15 – THE HOLD STEADY @ Thalia Hall, Chicago
June 16 – THE HOLD STEADY @ Thalia Hall, Chicago
June 16 – THE HOLD STEADY @ Empty Bottle, Chicago
Sept. 23 – FRANZ NICOLAY @ Swamp Rabbit Squeezebox Festival, Greenville SC