The Lensic & After Hours Alliance present
An evening of local music featuring bands curated by the After Hours Alliance
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The Lensic Performing Arts Center & After Hours Alliance proudly present Sounds of Santa Fe, the second Lensic evening celebrating our local music scene. On March 28, we’ll present local musicians who have performed at the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts, an annual event curated by Santa Fe’s After Hours Alliance, which is dedicated to developing new venues and platforms for emerging, progressive, and boundary-pushing arts and music. The performance will feature Luke Carr’s Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand, iNK oN pAPER, and Mi (Ben Wright).
Luke Carr’s Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand
Luke Carr is a guitarist, drummer, singer, producer, and composer. Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand is the name of his band, as well as the science-fiction rock opera he is composing and producing, excerpts from which will be performed at The Lensic on March 28.
The band Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand incorporates Carr's signature indie rock sound with West African and Haitian percussion themes. With 12 musicians, including four drummers,the band features Carr and fellow Santa Feans Andrew Tumason, Caitlin Brothers, and Peter Duggan.
The rock opera Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand is set in a Santa Fe re-envisioned as a ravaged, near-future landscape in which new and old Europe are dependent on trade with Native Americans for food and clean water. The complete opera will be featured on the band’s first album, which they are now recording after a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised close to $10,000 in late 2013. See www.lukecarrsound.com/
iNK oN pAPER
iNK oN pAPER is a drum, bass, and electronics duo comprising Carlos Santistevan and Milton Villarubia. The duo played together as a rhythm section for more than a decade before forming this experimental jazz project. Using only bass, drums, and electronics, Carlos and Milton create tight, controlled, loop-driven instrumental tracks that Signal to Noise magazine described as sounding “as if drum ‘n’ bass took a detour through an electro-acoustic free-punk Jucifer and had its downbeats addled or partly removed.” Both members also play hybridized versions of their instruments. See http://inkonpaper.bandcamp.com/
Mi (Ben Wright)
Mi is Santa Fe’s Ben Wright, whose music spans genres from Americana to electronic. While Wright is well known as a guitarist, DJ, producer, mix engineer, and record label co-founder, Mi is the electronic music Wright makes on his own time. It can be described as playful and experimental, deep and melodic, and danceable by design. Wright recklessly creates his own samples using found objects, field recordings, and acoustic instruments as well as analog drum machines and synthesizers. He then shapes them into architecturally layered compositions rich in dimension and harmonic bliss. Mi has performed at such prestigious festivals as Communikey in Boulder, Colorado, and Mikser in Belgrade, Serbia. Mi’s most recent release, One on the Way (Mesa Recordings), has gained critical acclaim for its adventurous combination of acoustic instrumentation and deft electronic programming.
About the After Hours Alliance
The After Hours Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing new venues and platforms for emerging, progressive, and boundary-pushing arts and music in Santa Fe. Conceived as an answer to “the nightlife problem,” AHA puts on an annual multidisciplinary arts festival (the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts), produces the “At 7000” music video series, offers professional development opportunities for artists and musicians, and engages in political advocacy for Santa Fe's underground, experimental, and counter-cultural creative economy.