Summer Labs: Eliot Krimsky's "Wave in Time"
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
Each year National Sawdust hosts an open call for emerging and established Brooklyn-based musicians to participate in the institution’s signature Summer Labs program, an opportunity for musicians to create and perform work in an inspiring space at a critical early stage in the journey of a work from concept to reality. Musicians who are selected to participate in the program are given time to develop and perform a 20–40 minute music-based work-in-progress in our state-of-the-art venue. Following their performances, artists will host a 15 minute audience Q&A to discuss their process and their new work on the National Sawdust stage.
A wave gives form to the vastness of the ocean. To composer and songwriter Eliot Krimsky, this vastness of the ocean is an analog for time, and a wave symbolizes a snapshot of a moment in history. In Wave in Time, an audiovisual concert Krimsky is developing at Summer Labs, his distinctive falsetto voice, Auto-Tune, and percussive synthesizer combine with meditative chanting, radio samples, and 3D renderings of fossilized objects, such as spirals, stones, and brass rings, to give form to the formless, and to suggest that our current time is connected to the time of all ages.
Eliot Krimsky is a Brooklyn-based composer, songwriter, and producer whose work exists in the electronic/ambient space while also nodding to jazz and minimalism. Following a degree from New England Conservatory in 2001, Krimsky went on to form indie bands Flying (2005–2008) and Glass Ghost, with Dirty Projectors drummer Mike Johnson (2009). His new solo album Wave in Time features his distinctive falsetto voice alongside sprawling, cinematic ambience and incisive, hook-heavy electronic pop. He sings about fear, despair, humanity, and hope.
Over the past decade Krimsky has collaborated with many notable artists, including Meshell Ndegeocello, Here We Go Magic, Sharon Van Etten, Deerhoof, Sheerwater, and choreographer Beth Gill. Krimsky is a recipient of Performance Space New York’s RAMP grant/residency (2015) and residencies with Open House at Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts (2016) and BAM Next Wave. His film music can be heard on Netflix, Amazon, PBS, and HBO.
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Referencing the aesthetic of the Smooth Jazz genre, Smooth Technology thrives on playful concepts backed by technical prowess.
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