Upon hearing Gary Wright's “Dream Weaver” at age six, Tom Thayer closed his eyes and could see “an infinite receding landscape of black mirrored glass”, an impression he'd carry into his early teens, when he began naively exploring the then burgeoning house music scene in storefront clubs and on late night radio in 1980's Chicago. He would go on to obtain an MFA and assume the role of arts educator (as well as exhibiting visual artist) in Nashville, Chicago, and NYC, ultimately settling with his family in Ridgefield, NJ, about 30 miles south of the birthplace of ex-pat Spooky Tooth founder Wright. Tonight Thayer performs accompanied by L. GRAY (aka Keith Connolly of No-Neck Blues Band), an exploratory piece for synthesizer, tape, electronics, etc. recalling these early experiences, dedicated to Wright and recently deceased Italian composer Walter Marchetti, and previewing his forthcoming 2LP “It's House”, due out this fall on HALATERN, etc.
Using a home-built theremin, room feedback, wave generators, mono speakers, and mathematics, Kyle Eyre Clyd presents a unique kind of floating, shifting, pulsating synthesis. The performance of these subtle shifts in pitch, volume, and timbre demand intense stillness, mental focus, and an almost-trancelike physical presence on the part of the performer.
Born in New Orleans, LA in 1983 and raised in Alabama, Kyle Eyre Clyd's work draws on the histories of electroaucoustic performance, meditative drone, performance art, music concrete, beatnik mind expansion techniques, and American folk melancholy. She holds a BFA from the Cooper Union where she studied performance and film in the expanding field of sculpture and is now pursuing an MFA from Bard College in Music/Sound. She tours regularly and has presented work in a variety of fine art and underground contexts. She has produced recorded works for HALATERN, etc. as well as her own label, Trepanner.